Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5: episode 5 (505)

Check, Please! Bay Area’s fifth season episode 5 (#505) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:

1) Chez Spencer: | restaurant information + video | reviews |

2) Broken Record: | restaurant information + video | reviews |

3) Marnee Thai Restaurant: | restaurant information + video | reviews | recipe |

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Leslie SbroccoMy name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show.

Wines of the Week: KQED Wine Club
Our guests enjoyed some of these delicious offerings from the KQED Wine Club.

2006 Vinum Cellars “Chard-NO-Way” Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg, California
Not familiar with Chenin Blanc? It’s a crisp white grape made famous in France’s Loire Valley, but in California it shines in the Clarksburg area. This medium-bodied version is dry and delicate.

2004 Leeuwin Estate “Siblings” Shiraz, Margaret River, Australia
Australia’s Leeuwin Estate is one of the country’s most famous properties. Their elegant, world-class wines hail from the cool Margaret River area of Western Australia. This peppery, stylish Shiraz is a food wine that can go easily with fleshy fish and hearty meat.

2007 Tudal Family Winery “Clift Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
Though Tudal is classic Napa Valley producer founded in 1974, I consider it a hot discovery. The low-key, family-owned winery located at the north end of Napa Valley has been quietly crafting complex wines for decades. Their vinous voice, however, is being heard loudly these days with Cabernet as the megaphone. Structured yet supple, the Clift Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon delivers the quality of a wine twice its $40 price. Intense dark-berry fruit flavors are kissed with toasty oak and spice aromas, all wrapped in a plush texture. It’s a wine that will get even better after several years in the cellar, but is so delicious now you’ll want to uncork and enjoy.

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  • joni

    Gosh, I have lived in Paris, eaten every kind of cuisine at very nice restaurants, and have waited tables at a restaurant with a Michelin star and I think the Broken Record is awesome! I’ve never had a bad meal there! The pulled pork is wonderful, so is the soft-shell crab sandwich! The toast with heirloom tomatoes, the mac and cheese, the broccoli…gosh, I’ve been there with big groups so I have tried everything! It was always delicious! Oh, and I’m a woman who wasn’t freaked out, as was the gentleman in this video it seems, by being in a bar! lol.

  • dan

    At the beginning of the episode, the pharmaceutical rep messed up the idiom by saying, “catch or catch can,” instead of the correct “catch as catch can.” This is most likely the case of a person who does not read herself, but hangs out with educated people who use the phrase. She most likely heard the phrase incompletely and tried to repeat it herself without really knowing what it is.

  • Elva

    On the Broken Record. Def. the man seemed to be put off from the get go. It is a great place for a drink and good bite of food. Everyone we’ve taken has loved it and we like to support a local and unique place. Not to mention the guys there are cooking their behinds off in that tiny kitchen. Faves are the broccoli and the mac and cheese. Whiskey drinkers will be pleased with the bar’s extensive Scotch and Irish whiskey selection

  • Royce Hamby

    This restaurant is one of the best if not the best restaurant serving French food in San Francisco.
    I love it.