San Francisco Restaurant Reviews for the RSA Conference

The RSA Conference organizers asked me to write a restaurant review column for their show daily -- distributed only electronically. I called my column "The Dining Cryptographer." Here are links to them. I reviewed two restaurants each day: one walking distance from Moscone Center, and one a taxi ride away.

Posted on April 24, 2009 at 2:46 PM • 18 Comments


Section9-BateauApril 24, 2009 3:18 PM

This is starting to remind me of Takedown, which should perhaps more accurately be titled "take away". ;)

Ian MasonApril 24, 2009 3:25 PM

> I called my column "The Dining Cryptographer."

Which begs the question: Who paid for dinner?

BobWApril 24, 2009 3:30 PM

I found the squid!


It doesn't "beg the question". Begging the question is a technial term used in formal debate.

Perhaps you mean to "raise the question".

Rich WilsonApril 24, 2009 3:59 PM

"And you got your Friday Squid Blogging cunningly hidden inside your review!"


NuggetApril 24, 2009 4:18 PM

I was expecting to learn which restaurants allowed payment at the register and which required you to relinquish your credit card while the server disappeared out of site to process the transaction. I'd expect that to be just as important as the food and decor to a cryptographer!

Ian MasonApril 24, 2009 5:40 PM

Some squidiness happened upon earlier: Petrified squid at

@Bob, if you're going to be a prescriptivist pedant you'd better learn to spell "technial" (sic) correctly.

Actually, I'd argue that "begs the question" entered the vernacular some many years ago and is used considerably more often in this sense than in the narrow technical one. Language changes and one must move on; go on, split an infinitive, it'll make you feel good.

Don MartiApril 24, 2009 5:43 PM

If you go to a conference or user group meeting where you expect to go out to eat afterward, bring small bills. Who wants to be a table of 8 nerds with just credit cards and $20s.

cmosApril 24, 2009 6:20 PM

3 cheers for the thirsty bear! One of my favorite places to relax after a long day of dealing with the sales department. Also its worth mentioning that the 'W' Hotel has (or at least used too) the best calimari in town. Cheers!

Davi OttenheimerApril 24, 2009 8:19 PM

I don't understand Netties. Seems like a tourist trap to me. Swan too. Why come all the way to San Francisco to sit in a spot that pretends to be in New England with Boston clam chowder? If you want a taste of San Francisco go to places that emphasize the Pacific cuisine like Zuni, Anchor or even Hog Island. Yank Sing is good for downtown, but I would not call it the best dim sum in the city.

rubbermanApril 24, 2009 9:43 PM

Ahhh, trips to SF. I used to consult in SF when I lived in Palo Alto, and have many fond memories of eating my way across the city. Then, when I was living in Boston, I used to try and schedule at least 2 conferences a year in SF just to try some new restaurants (and to visit my daughter in Sacramento, of course).

David HeathApril 26, 2009 2:57 AM

thos sounds like the old "dining philosophers problem," only you get two forks!

BobWMay 1, 2009 11:43 AM

An article in Wikipedia doesn't make it so.

If meanings don't at least resist
change people can't communicate.

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