by Ryan V. on
I think you know when a place is among your favorites when, without really thinking about it, you tend to choose it as the place you share with people. I live not far away from Six Feet Under, and chances are that if you visit me, we're going to Six Feet Under. Thus far, that hasn't lost me any friends, and it's made a lot of them very happy. The place is known as a fried-fish-and-beer dive, and you can definitely go that route and be satisfied. But Six Feet Under's non-fried options are just as good, if not better, than their beer-battered baskets. Their baked whitefish/masa is healthy and tasty. Their salads are very generous and well-dressed. I'm not even a big grits guy, but I gobbled down what has to have been my tenth bowl of scallops and grits last weekend as if it was my last meal. I also tried the fried green tomatoes for the first time, which were outstanding. Some things aren't as reliable, sure. The peel-n-eat shrimp have looked old on occasion. And the fried baskets can be overflowing with seafood or a bit skimpy, depending on the day (hint: substitute another side for the potato chips, so it's harder for them to hide fewer fish options). And I'm still bitter that 6FU took its remarkable berry pie off the menu -- my mom requested to eat here on her birthday just so she could have a slice for her "birthday cake." But these are minor quibbles with one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood and definitely one of the best deck and bar scenes in the city. Keep it up, 6FU.
by Kendrick Ribar on
I finally got over to Shine down in SOMA, of course for our rateclub Elite event, and was really impressed with the vibe. It's still a work-in-progress, sort of reminds me of the old days of going to26Mix or something, but that sort of low key vibe appeals to me. The bartenders are fun too, and that adds a lot of course, and how can you not like the implicit debauchery of a photobooth with faux fur lining? Oh, and one of the bathroom's - I guess it's the men's one - has a nice surprise waiting too. The room is layed out with plenty of seating to chill out with friends and watch people get sweaty on the dancefloor. You can tell these guys appreciate their DJs, a nice sound system and speakers give off beats that are solid but don't overwhelm the place. Trip, if you ever read this, I think you should get a Magic Bus to transport people from dinner at Sauce to dancing at Shine!