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The Stinking Rose: If you like garlic...
We had read and heard a lot about The Stinking Rose, and were very excited to try it. We even stopped in Gilroy during our vacation, so you know garlic is a big deal to us! It's low key, expensive, and everything we ate was pretty good. We shared the sauteed garlic appetizer (one order is enough for 5-6 people), which was fantastic, as was the home made "garlic pesto" that was on every table. I had the ribs with garlic mashed potatoes, she had a pasta dish and both were solid if not fantastic. I would reccomend the place to anyone who loves garlic purely based on "kitsch value". Not that the food isn't good, it is, but this place is really a mecca for garlic lovers.
Favorite Dish: I had the garlic encrusted ribs, which were good but didn't knock me out as being very garlicky. The meat fell off the bone and I definately didnt need to chew the bones at all.
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The Stinking Rose: This place stinks
Well, it literally stinks from the garlic that they serve, but overall it is an average experience.
Food - bad
Had their panzanella salad, which consisted of tomato, onion, rostini, pine nut and garlic balsamic vinaigrette. It was too sour for me to enjoy it and also too wet. The other people in the group had their pizza and their ink linguine with clams and none of them had anything good to say about their food either.
Ambiance - good
Tables are separated by draperies that makes an intimate, cozy dining area.
Service - average
Nothing to complain but nothing to rave about either
Price - average
At about $25 - $30 per person it is pretty much the 'market' rate for restaurants along the Columbus Avenue.
Overall - average
There's nothing wrong with this restaurant but its problems lie with the fact that there's so much hype around it that when I got there I couldn't help feel 'well, this is it??'
The Stinking Rose: The Stinking Rose - a garlic Restaurant
The motto of The Stinking Rose: We spice our garlic with food! And that is what they actually do. Located up in North Beach, close to Chinatown entry, I would recomment The Stinking Rose to everyone that likes garlic. Most of the food is italian based, like Ravioli etc.
The Stinking Rose: A must for garlic-lovers!
We went here on a whim, had heard nothing about it beforehand. WOW! Lovers of garlic and good food should definitely make a stop here. It was packed and we arrived just in time to be seated so I didn't get much time to look around. We sat upstairs and outside on a tiny patio (not much of a view, but great all the same).
As their website indicates, their Bagna Calda is an appetizer must and is their signature dish. Oven roasted garlic cloves in extra virgin olive oil and butter with a hint of anchovy, served in a piping hot iron skillet. It was yummy!
Our meals were also tasty and we were soooo full!
The Stinking Rose: Silence of the Lamb Shank w. Fava Beans
Excellent service. Excellent food. Wine is expensive here. Food prices where reasonable. $12.00 to $26.00 Lamb shank was $16.75. Lasagna was very good.
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Favorite Dish: Silence of the Lamb Shank w. Favva Beans & mashed potatoes
The Stinking Rose: A Rose by any othe name......
A must for garlic lovers. They have garlic everything. And it's all yummy!
Favorite Dish: Bagna Calda. a perfect appetizer for 2.
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