Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 2 (#102)

Check, Please! Bay Area’s episode 2 (#102) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:

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1) The Lark Creek Inn: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

2) 1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

3) Everett & Jones Barbeque: | restaurant information | reviews |

Leslie SbroccoMy name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. After each episode I’ll serve up a behind-the-scenes look at what went on during filming including the wine we were sipping…

Barking on camera is something I’ve never had to deal with, but hey…this show is all about real people. And, Bryan is as real as it gets! He was a riot–sort of like a frenetic Robin Williams after downing a pot of espresso (though the brown liquid in Bryan’s glass was actually Guinness Stout). On the other side of the table, Mark was a great foil for Bryan’s energy. He provided the fireworks when he said Everett and Jones had dead flowers that looked like something from the Adams Family television show. Though the barbeque spot was contentious, all fell in love with Tonya’s pick, 1550 Hyde Café and Wine Bar. I couldn’t get Bryan and Mark to stop talking about the pudding. Tonya provided a quietly authoritative viewpoint of the restaurants, which balanced Bryan and Mark. Even though they differed in their opinions of the eateries, we had so much fun on the set. All three of the guests actually left after the taping and went to lunch together. I wonder what their server thought of them…

Wine of the Week:

2004 Plozner Sauvignon Blanc, Grave del Fruili, Italy $15
Crisp and zesty with herbal aromas and bright citrus flavors, this northern Italian white was the perfect “breakfast” wine to wake up our palates for the late morning taping.

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  • jenn

    Why not try to get some more LIVELY people on you show to make it more interesting? San Francisco has so much diversity in its people its a shame you don’t play that up as part of the show. Also, how about a celebrity guest or even semi-celebrity guest. Seriously, the people you are picking are duds (except the one guy with the beard) and you need to liven it up! Its a great concept but the ultimate sucess if going to be gauged by its entertainment value.

  • Howard Beale

    I agree with Jen’s comment. I like a mix of people, especially so called “characters”. Yup, that guy with the beard was a hoot. Howzabout it?

  • Carolyne

    It would be nice to see some actual restaurant critics who know about food for real and who can show us some secret spots. I know the idea is “normal people” and that may have worked in other markets but SF is too sophisticated. The restaurants so far are not secrets except the soul food one. The host seems bored. The guests seem bored. I’m bored.

  • MIchael

    Dont let these nay-sayers get you down, Leslie. This new program is a definite winner. I was quite surprised by the uncommonly articulate and knowledgeable (about food) guests who seem perfectly at home at your ‘table’ with no evidence of stage fright. The combination of their commentary with shots of the restaurant and food is unique – you wont get that with Zagat or Michelin – giving a real notion of the ambiance (I am thinking particularly of the shot of the floor at the soul food place) and the ‘mise en place’ of the dishes. The idea of new guests each week, choosing their own places to review, is brilliant. The insertion of questions/answers brings its own spice to the show. We lived in Paris for a year last year, and they dont have anything like this, despite their worship of food. Finally, having all of this available on-line, including the show itself (!) is outstanding, providing a unique resource unavailable anywhere else. As the shows continue, it will become, I predict, one of the most visited sites in the Bay Area for restaurants.

  • Jon

    THE KEHOE NATION!!

  • Maya

    I love this show, as is. I love that you don’t have “celebrities” telling me what’s good and bad. Doesn’t society give them enough airtime and influence over us already! As for having food critics on your show… let them get their own show or review book. Everyday folk have taste buds too. The guests you’ve had on show come across as genuine people, not pretenious at all. My family feels comfortable with them. Let the people of the Bay Area have a say.

  • Dawn

    I totally disagree with Carolyne. The last thing we need is more restaurant critics reviewing restaurants. You can open up the Chronicle or SF Weekly or Bay Guardian for that. What is so fresh, new, and innovative is the idea of real-life people, themselves such an interesting representation of the diversity of the Bay Area, with a diverse range of tastes. I love how in one episode you can see a posh, high-end expense account restaurant and a divey hole in the wall spot and then something else for the third restaurant. Such a fun and entertaining concept! And I love Leslie Sbrocco. She is so knowlegable and does a great job of hosting the show. I’m hooked! I just discovered the show this year and thought it was new. Upon checking out the website, I’m realizing this has been going on for years!

  • mandy

    In November 2005 Michael (above) wrote a comment that proved to be right on the money :O) Your fabulous show is tremendously popular. Lucky lucky me, avid PBS supporter, who moved here approximately 4 months before the show started. I cannot tell you how much I love the information and entertainment you have provided me. Thank you thank you thank you for Check, Please! Bay Area. Here’s to many more years of suggestions from the locals, many more years of success Cheers