Check, Please! Bay Area’s fifth season episode 8 (#508) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:

1) El Metate: | restaurant information + video | reviews |

2) CreoLa Bistro: | restaurant information + video | reviews |

3) Benjarong Thai Cuisine: | restaurant information + video | reviews |

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Leslie SbroccoMy name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show.

Wines of the Week: KQED Wine Club
Our guests enjoyed some of these delicious offerings from the KQED Wine Club.

2009 Loredona Riesling, Monterey California
Hailing from the cooler climate of California’s Monterey peninsula, this aromatic, delicate white is an ideal match for everything from sushi to salads.

2008 Irony Pinot Noir, Monterey County, California
With elegance to spare, this berry-scented red sports a silky texture and ends with a kick of spice. Serve alongside grilled salmon, pork loin with mushrooms or soft cheeses.

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5: episode 8 (508) 12 April,2011Wendy Goodfriend

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    Always a great show – Leslie is the epitome of a great host that facilitates through the good and bad comments.

    What I don’t get is how someone complains if they have to wait 30 minutes for a table?! If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant – or even eaten in one you know that people sit down at different times and pay their check and leave at different times. The house has no control over it – the best thing they can do is have you wait 30 minutes (which is a really short wait for a good restaurant) and have their staff ready when they do seat you. If you want your meal to go quicker then you order entree’s the same time you order appetizers, and you can also tell your server if it’s moving too slow or too fast.

    It kills me when people complain about things that don’t make any sense – like saying the service wasn’t prompt on mothers day and then writing a damaging review on it.

    That’s all – great wine selections, fun and funny guests and so many great restaurants have been introduced. All of those restaurants sound worth trying out. Thank you.

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