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  •  Fresh Choice went belly up (4+ / 0-)
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    a few months ago, but Sweet Tomatoes is actually expanding; they're going with smaller restaurants in more areas rather than huge restaurants in limited areas. The main difference is that the bowls they serve the salad in on the salad bar are smaller, so they have to refill them more thus the salad makings are fresher. (They've opened two of the smaller concept restaurants in Mountain View and San Jose, pretty much equidistant from their "standard" store near the Sunnyvale/Santa Clara border).

    A Sweet Tomatoes would probably do very well in The City -- wonder if they're looking for a good spot.

    As for chain restaurants, some people prefer them because they don't like to experiment; they prefer something tried and true. There's a standing joke around SF Giants fans about their 1st baseman, Brandon Belt, who is an Olive Garden devotee; he said in his blog that he doesn't like surprises so sticks with Olive Garden and other chains because he can be sure he'll get something he likes -- he's especially a fan of their salad dressing. (His wife has managed to get him to try at least one local restaurant on the Embarcadero, so there might be hope for the boy yet.) Applebee's probably saw an opportunity and jumped on it; if it's not successful, it'll close and join the ranks of restaurant graveyards in SF. (Used to be a TGI Friday's right near the cable car turnaround at Hyde Street.)

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Thu May 09, 2013 at 05:19:39 PM PDT

    •  SF must have better tourists than at Times Sq. (2+ / 0-)
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      Times Square seems to have every chain restaurant in the universe these days.

      Americans can make our country better.

      by freelunch on Thu May 09, 2013 at 05:23:17 PM PDT

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      •  Even Sweet Tomatoes? (1+ / 0-)
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        Times Square seems to have every chain restaurant in the universe these days.

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Thu May 09, 2013 at 05:30:05 PM PDT

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        •  Don't think so (1+ / 0-)
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          I haven't heard of them before and there is also the problem that there is a New England pizza chain of the same name. Their website is not responding, but the buffet restaurants seem to be no closer than Chicagoland and Florida.

          It hardly seems possible that one of the chains missed.

          Americans can make our country better.

          by freelunch on Thu May 09, 2013 at 05:56:05 PM PDT

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          •  I actually like the Sweet Tomatoes... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...in Glenview. It's near where my sister works, and roughly midway between Chicago and Waukegan (where she lives), so we can get together easily. I wish there was one in Chicago, but they missed that, too.

            Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

            by JeffW on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:14:23 PM PDT

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      •  Looking at Google Maps (5+ / 0-)

        it's actually in the more "touristy" part of the Wharf, far enough from Pier 39 so as not to get too much competition, just around the corner from the Wax Museum and Ripley's Believe It Or Not, both tourist standbys. A lot of T-shirt shops up there that make most their money on tourists forced to buy sweatshirts and sweatpants when they make the mistake of thinking California equals heat and they only pack the shorts and skimpy T-shirts. (Bay Area -- home of the microclimates; if you don't like the weather, drive a couple of miles.)

        A few blocks away you'll find some decent restaurants; my favorite is Scoma's north of Taylor on Al Scoma Way (off of Jefferson) but it can be a bit pricy; Alioto's I think has improved as has Fisherman's Grotto. If you're not a huge fan of seafood (though the seafood places have at least one chicken dish and usually a steak or two) Boudin is a local chain that makes a good sourdough and has a nice selection of soups, sandwiches, salads and baked goods (the chili in the bread bowl is exceptionally yummy).

        There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by Cali Scribe on Thu May 09, 2013 at 05:37:12 PM PDT

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    •  Rec'd purely for Brandon Belt reference (0+ / 0-)

      I have no logical reason to invest so much emotion in a single prospect. After watching baseball for almost 3 decades, I know most of them will break my heart if I let them. But I might just cry over baseball if Belt turns up bust.

      Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

      by susanala on Thu May 09, 2013 at 07:22:37 PM PDT

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