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Yah, a great place I agree. Each time we visited on an off night, it was fairly uncrowded and easy to get seating. No doubt Fri and Sat evenings would be different.
I have not eaten at Mission Heirloom Cafe and, frankly, had little desire to before Mr Tsai put out this review which barely contains his frank dismay with the cuisine the place offers. He tries somewhat vainly to provide some balance of fairness, taking the tack that perhaps the restaurant isn't for the 90% of us with food sensitivities, but more appropriate for those mixed 10% who actually have some health conditions and those (the majority of that 10%) that either imagine they do or...whatever.
With respect to the restaurateurs' mission, I wish them well. With respect to people who would like a tasty, flavorful meal, I guess they will have to wait.
Beyond the question of union or non-union, I still find the presence of security people to be a questionable expense for any business or government, as if common sense might indicate, it's the lawyers and the insurance companies which require their presence.
It is my general feeling that the presence of such guards does very little to provide any actual security, other than low-hourly wages for people with minimal skills. That's something, I suppose, but still-- unless someone could actually show some evidence that security guards actually improve security or safety at their places of employ, it seems like another mandated expense from companies fearful of getting lawsuits from patrons who might experience harm on their premises because there wasn't a security person.
On reflection, the 'security' they provide is merely another layer of proper accountability against lawsuits. What a world.
I heartily approve of teaching young children how to grow vegetables. It builds confidence, the understanding about commerce, and the power and caprice of Mother Nature.
How many urban schools actually prepare kids to be farmers these days? And even if they choose to NOT farm, the skill sets and confidence should carry over.
$50 seems kind of steep for paella, but maybe.
I wish them all the luck and success in the world, and I've dined there perhaps half a dozen times. I'm not a big proponent of crowdfunding efforts, however--it comes across as charity for businesses for profit and I reserve my charity efforts for...well, charities.
Let me go out on a limb and state that this is probably a good burger. It could even be a great burger, and at $12 for a six ounce patty, it still appears to be conventionally raised beef, not touted as sustainable or organic or even with any non-cruelty standards applied to the raising and care of the beef, and wait-- I haven't even been charged yet for extra caramelized onions or jalapeños, much less any carbs or tater tots.
I don't mean to pick on Handlebar, but I'm just approaching the place as my wife and I did the other week. We saw the menu, realized that we would be spending nearly $20 apiece for a hamburger, fries and a drink, and we turned around and visited another joint. We all have noted that a lot of restaurants are saying that they buy local, organic, sustainable produce and meat, etc. etc. provide a living wage to their employees, blah blah blah...but it wasn't even stated as organic.
Handlebar is just another example of I've-got-cred-and- now-I-can-charge-the-asses-off-the-foodie-and- gullible. If the ingredients were organic etc., I would possibly consider the purchase, but for $40 I could head home, buy enough ingredients on my own, and serve 4-6 people a relatively decent and comparable burger. Yah, it may not be as good, but $12 is $12.
Hell, Barney's still delivers a decent sandwich for a lot less. Jus' sayin'.
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