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Luna Park, San Francisco

We were finally able to use the Groupon that Rachel purchased for Luna Park.  The Groupon offer was $50 off a meal for two people - which brought our total bill to $6 and change that included appetizers, entrees and drinks.  We were pleasantly treated to a parking spot directly in front of the restaurant when I pulled up to drop Rachel off to start my parking search.  If you're not familiar with the Mission district and the parking situation - finding a parking spot - especially in front of where you are going just doesn't happen.  Needless to say, we were thrilled.

The wait for dinner went from a 45 min wait to 1 hr - but the time went by rather quickly since a former co-worker of mine and her boyfriend showed up at the restaurant - with the same Groupon in hand!  It was great chatting with them and sharing what was a long wait before eating.

I ordered the 'Carnival Dogs' (aka corn dogs) with 3 different mustards (honey mustard, dijon and seeded/champagne tasting mustard) as an appetizer which were pretty good.  The corn dogs were made up of different sausages inside - and as far as corn dogs go - they raised the bar.  Rachel ordered the Grilled Artichoke with Lemon Aioli - which she really enjoyed.  Rachel sure does like her artichokes.   For our entrees, I ordered the Herb and Summer Squash Risotto with Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes and Gypsy Pepper Puree with barbecued shrimp.  To be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed and mentioned to Rachel that it felt more like a side dish than a main dish.  The only reward found in the dish for me was the occasional cherry tomato I found hidden in the risotto.  I probably wont order that dish again but instead will try one of the meat dishes when I go back.

Rachel ordered the Vegan Cassoulet with Braised Gigante Beans, Zucchini, Oregano, Cherry Tomatoes and Fried Bread Crumbs and she really enjoyed it.  Apparently this dish gets high marks at the restaurant from vegetarians.

All in all a good dining experience at an incredible value albeit on a very crowded night.

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