[sf-perl] Dinner meetings

Joe Brenner doom at kzsu.stanford.edu
Sat Apr 19 13:31:07 PDT 2008

Josh Berkus <josh at agliodbs.com> wrote:

> Quinn Weaver wrote:
> > We're due for a dinner meeting this coming Tuesday. Can anyone suggest
> > a good venue? Ideally it should be BARTable, not too noisy, and able
> > to accomodate an uncertain number of people. ;) and it should have at
> > least some vegetarian food.
> No such beast.  Believe me, I searched for dinner venues for the other
> SFPUG for several meetings, and there is no restaurant which is quiet,
> affordable, good, and near BART.  Quiet is the hardest part.
> So, you can have a quiet, affordable restaurant with adequate food which
> is nowhere near Bart, or a quiet restaurant with good food near BART
> which is very expensive, or a quiet restaurant near BART with terrible
> food, or a good, BARTable restaurant which is very noisy.

Well, you're right that this is a tough one, but I would suggest
"Naan-N-Curry" at 336 O'Farrell Street, between Mason and Taylor.


(1) Bartable:

  From Powell St. Station, you walk two blocks north, one and a
  half blocks west.

(2) Not too noisy:

  The ceilings are acoustic office tiling that they've hung some
  fabric over: this place can not do the echoy roar that the aging
  yupsters are addicted to.  They play some music (often really
  good music), but not too loud.

(3) Uncertain numbers of people:

  They've got a double-size dining room with large tables, and
  though I don't believe they take reservations, I doubt a crowd
  of a dozen or so would be hard to seat, and even if we got two
  dozen I think we could deal.

(4) some vegetarian food

  Well, this is an Indian place.  I'm a fan of the spinach/potato
  dish there ("Aloo Palak", I think).

The food here is really good and it's certainly inexpensive (and the
Chai is free).  It's a better place to go with at least one person to
split with, so doing a large group should work fine.

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