Well, it is now official. Michael Bauer’s top restaurant list is out and it is close to impossible to eat at a Mission restaurant and hear your friends. Instead, you are shouting and listening to the din of everything and everyone else.
All but one of the Bauer’s favored Mission restaurants got four bells – 75-80 decibels or “can talk only in raised voices” or a small firecracker – 80 plus decibels or “too noisy for normal conversation.” (Note, those elsewhere did not fare much better, but you can eat and talk without shouting at Acquerello and Manresa.)
Three bells – 70 to 75 decibels when”talking normally gets difficult” was awarded to only Local’s Corner. The Amber Indias in the South Bay got two bells, but the outpost on Valencia was not on the list. I’m guessing that it is probably pretty quiet on Valencia because no matter what time I’ve walked by, it rarely has many diners.
Foreign Cinema made the list with four bells, but my solution there has always been to meet friends at the bar. Earlier in the evening, conversations can be had. Other strategies?