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I left both visits to TBD puzzled over the food I'd just eaten, the odd combinations and lackluster items, and wondered if anyone would be impressed — or just have the uncomfortable feeling that they should be. When people roll their eyes about the preciousness of the San Francisco restaurant scene, this is the kind of overwrought experience that they have in mind.
Get a pulse. There are no accidents or coincidences when it comes to Chef Mark's cuisine. Everything that is on a plate is on there for good reason. TBD...RN74? 00? 1300 on Fillmore? SPQR? etc, etc. Sounds like you got hung up on a name and couldn't drink away your own misery as quickly as you are accustomed to.
PS That Coleman lantern chandelier rocks!