Warning: a douche fog has descended upon the northwest corner of Haight and Webster, it's named RickyDicky, I mean RIckybobby.
Scenario: My neighbor and I who live across the street go to RB to 'eat for sport'. We tell the server we're neighbors and excited to eat there, ordering a salad, two mains, and a dessert to share. Ten/fifteen minutes goes by and the server puts a bowl of grits down between us with one spoon. I asked if we were getting our salad first, waiter's rudely responds "We don't do that here, but we can take the grits and reheat it for you after your salad" and walks away. I go up to the line/kitchen/bar to ask for more silverware and small plates from the other waiter and ask "May I have some share plates and silverware please? Do you guys not course your meals here?" Waiter's rude response "We don't serve food to share. You should have checked us out on Yelp first". hen he laughs at me. I tell him I have lived in the neighborhood a long time, seen five business in this space and have never been treated so rudely. My neighbor and I leave the place, as we do so the waiters facetiously yell at us across the full restaurant, "Thanks for coming, have a great night, we hope to see you real soon". Wow. I'm shocked.
Later that night I'm walking my dogs, see my other neighbors leaving the place and they wave me over because they wanna see my puppy. Waiter #2 comes to the door and harasses me, tells me my friends had a great time, and then starts bashing me to the staff inside the restaurant. Wow. My neighbors walk away saying "that guy is a douchebag, the food wasn't that good, and we had to ask for silverware". At this point owner/chef James comes out to talk to me. He tells me "Food is our priority here" Neat James, way to reinvent the restaurant wheel, who would've thunk it? I told him that in order to eat the food one has to be served, this is the restaurant service industry. And is reheating my shrimp and grits really about the integrity of the food? Telling me to check out Yelp before I walk into the new restaurant on my block, that's about the food? The owner didn't get it, kept harping on about 'the food is the priority not the service' blah blah inflated ego blah, oh and they were so successful in their last location (why did they leave then?). No real apology or acknowledgement of atrocious behavior.
There are yummy places to eat in our neighborhood with attentive staff, better and more varied menus and better drinks and hard alcohol. Go there, enjoy our hood. Douche Foggery RickyBobby is not indicative of this neighborhood, or even the amazing world class talented San Francisco food scene. If you want to enjoy the Lower Haight, please do, but the key is to not engage in the tom foolery douch foggery that is Rickybobby.