Out on the Town.

On account of her illustrious environmental consulting job at URS, dear angledge did nearly four months of reconstructive penance in NOLA, which, to some extent, broke up the household for a while. Le Chateau was slightly more still without her, but evilfb and I muddled through the winter with enough firewood and plenty of dark plans for her return, most of which involved shambling zombies hanging above the bed on the first morning of her reinstated residence. This is housemate love. This is how we care for Ang.

As a sort of compensation for those months spent in the urban wasteland watching FEMA watching the paint dry, the mega-corporate behemoth that is URS bestowed upon her a fine meal out, which she kindly included us in on. We didn’t really deserve it, what with the zombie jokes and all, but Ang is a forgiving and dutiful friend and housemate. We’re lucky to have her, and so the hungry dead were locked safely in the garage where they could patiently wait to suck the marrow from her bones on a later day.

What follows is a brief summation of our outing to the classy SOMA-chic venue Town Hall.


If you’ve ever wondered where the wealthy and beautiful people of San Francisco are going, we can probably tell you that it isn’t Zeitgeist or Lucky Penny. The warm, electric atmosphere of Town Hall was stoked by a throng of well-dressed and well-spoken West Coast folk from all walks of life – most of them gorgeous, smiling, and very happy. My guess is that it was the food. While very S.F. in feeling, I heard many European accents and conversations about world-travel that informs the jet-setting and cosmopolite crowd, and I kept having urges to join in the tables surrounding us to hear what the world is talking about these days. Or maybe just to steal their wine.


With an ever-rotating selection of delectable fare, the three of us settled upon a mighty platter of excellent victuals, ranging from lamb meatballs and pear-ensorcelled salad to braised pork loin with haute-tater tots and juicy steak with peppercorns and garlic. We paired a couplet of wonderful reds to go with the meal, and dessert damn near killed us. Bob found a wonderful surprise in his candied pear. Ask him about it some time!


The saucy and handsome evilfb – how dashing!


Our golden benefactor of the evening, the incontrovertibly spectacular angledge – how lovely!


Your host on this recollection connection, worshipping the lifeblood of the native flora – how philistine!


The beloved Taylor Lane Belle Glos, almost too pretty in presentation to drink…but not quite! The waiter agreed we’d be hard-pressed to surpass this with anything else on the wine list.


I have a soft spot in my heart for Girard, and the 2003 Petite Sirah was a fine compliment to the soup bowl-sized crème caramel that I had for dessert. Little bits of butterscotch-and-dark-chocolate boatmen navigated the frigid waters of this oceanically splendrous treat.

Book your reservations a few weeks in advance, but definitely check out a meeting at Town Hall. Prices are fair, the food is delicious and surprisingly dynamic, and the people-watching is most excellent. If the noise is a bit frustrating, the frenetic hum of a roomful of people falling in love with their palates will most certainly drown it out. We’re going to do this more often.


22 Responses to “Out on the Town.”

  1. effrontery Says:
    March 8th, 2006 at 10:23 pm

    That whole experience looks decadent! Thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 8:37 pm

    Until they make scratch 'n' sniff monitors, this will have to do. Thanks for reading.

  3. agntprovocateur Says:
    March 8th, 2006 at 10:45 pm

    the créme caramel!!!!

  4. explosive Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 12:35 am

    Tater tots and creme caramel! Two of my favorite things. Why must you torment your readers?

  5. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    You know, I figured you were a woman of excellent taste, but had no idea that you were a proponent of the Tot-Crème paradigm. We have a club here in S.F. I know the founder. I can pull some strings.

  6. aitkendrum Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 1:08 am

    Food, you have to post food related posts when I'm having a healthy cereal bar for breakfast!

  7. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    Is it really worth getting healthy to be devoid of such pleasures?

  8. Anonymous Says:
    March 22nd, 2006 at 12:36 am

    This reminds me of an elderly bad joke:
    A: Did you know you'll live longer if you adopt a diet of grapefruit and yogurt?
    B: No, it will just *seem* longer.

  9. Anonymous Says:
    March 22nd, 2006 at 12:56 am

    P.S. Oh, and BTW, you do know where the name
    "Trespassers William" comes from, yes?

  10. chaosvizier Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 6:44 am

    I can't help but notice that there were no ninjas present. I don't know if I can support a restaurant with a zero-ninja quotient…

  11. avalokita Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 10:04 am

    Definitely needs more ninjas.

  12. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    The ninjas at Town Hall are so stealthy, we couldn't even see them. That's how stealthy the ninjas at Town Hall are. But they were there, make no mistake.

  13. hermiston Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 8:36 am

    How beautiful, decadent, indulgent! We should go some time. Ang looks lovely. (so do you two too)

  14. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 8:41 pm

    If by "you two", you mean the Belle Glos and the Girard, then yes, they do look lovely!

  15. angledge Says:
    March 12th, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    You're too sweet! Will you offer me asylum when I've fled the country after double-murdering the zombie fiends I currently live with?

  16. avalokita Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 10:03 am

    mmm…marrow sucking…

  17. thistlelurid Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    a forest of wine glasses, a caramel pond and necktie vines…
    now that is a wilderness I could get into! 🙂

  18. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    Just don't ask about the bugs.

  19. velvetdahlia Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    How did I miss the cutting off of the dreads? Where have I been? Well, you still look dashing.

  20. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    I think you've been in London, if I remember correctly. Or being too busy to read. 🙂
    Thank you for the compliment, though. I was worried about losing the dread mojo there. Sometimes I paper clip 'em on, just for old time's sake. Okay, not really.

  21. Anonymous Says:
    March 9th, 2006 at 5:07 pm

    Looking For Tots In All the Wrong Places
    All this talk of tots made me think of this:
    Randy: Napoleon, give me some of your tots.
    Napoleon Dynamite: No, go find your own.
    ~ (*

  22. no_mans_land Says:
    March 10th, 2006 at 6:04 pm

    <small>pure class.</small>

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