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The Pot Sticker in Chinatown [San Francisco]

and I love (hate?) that the Pot Sticker, now Hunan Cuisine, keeps making their name into something that they think will attract the masses, while masking the fact that they are a more-than-adequate sichuan restaurant. Makes me wonder why they don't just claim their sichuan heritage and go with it… Interesting.

Jul 21, 2014
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area

Stew Leonards...an ongoing debate

stumbled on this. And I miss Stew Leonards! The weather (and mexican) is better here in southern CA, but I miss my CT dairy store!

Jul 21, 2014
adamclyde in Southern New England
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The Pot Sticker in Chinatown [San Francisco]

So Pot Sticker is now called Hunan Cuisine, but the menu is the same as Pot Sticker (i.e. szechuan, with a bunch of american crowd pleasers thrown in for the masses)? And they also have another restaurant called Spicy King around the corner, which has branches in San Mateo and Newark. And all four of the restaurants have the same menu? Sorry… just trying to understand this. :)

How is Spicy King? Is the San Mateo branch good?

Jul 21, 2014
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area

Provo/Orem UT report - mostly mexican (with some waffles here and there)

Dropped the kiddo off at a sports camp leaving me a few days to test the taco waters after a good 14 years away from Happy Valley.

By no means a thorough report. Lots of goodness in these parts, relative to other similarly sized land-locked or non border-ish towns.

El Vaquero. 286 N 100 W Provo.
A complete dive across the street from the Smiths grocery store. Fish taco was just OK - not baja style, but a pan fried filet. Not bad, not stellar. Carnitas was good, though just a bit dried out. But very good flavor and if I'd been there a few hours before, I think it would have been excellent. The carne asada was the best though. Excellent flavor.

El Mexicano Market, 560 N State St. Orem, UT
Traditional full service mexican grocery - large restaurant menu of antojitos, as well as a carniceria, and tortilleria in the back. Tacos were good, but such a small part of what they offered, so it's worth further exploration. I'd already had five tacos that day, so only had another carnitas and a carne asada. Both good, carne asada definitely more flavorful. The carnitas were average, though generous portions. Regardless, it's a worthy stop.

El Sol De Mexicano, 948 N State St., Orem
Started with a breakfast there. Huevos rancheros. Came with homemade tortillas. Eggs were scrambled style. Excellent with great soupy beans. And those tortillas were great. This place is really promising. Homemade tortillas, made from scratch sopes. Homemade agua frescos. Need to come back here and sample everything.

Also tried 180Tacos with my friend who is a part owner. Fun place, tasty fusion-y tacos but because of my non-partial relationship with him, I'll hold off on the report.

There are a ton of places to try in town, and most go far beyond the gross los hermanos, el azteca, cafe rio stuff that most people think about when they think Provo tacos. Hoping to get back in a few months to try some more.

(Oh, and on to non tacos… also tried both Waffle Love in Orem and Bruges in Salt Lake. I don't claim to be a liege waffle expert. But I actually enjoyed Waffle Love more. Don't get me wrong, both are awesome. But I liked the extra tang and chew from the Waffle Love place. Regardless, there are almost no places in the country with better waffles. Be proud.)

Jul 21, 2014
adamclyde in Mountain States

Food trucks that cater in Sacramento?

Hoping folks can help me here. A friend is getting married and wants to have a local Sacramento food truck do the catering. (wedding is in El Dorado Hills). I asked what kind of food they were keen on and they weren't too picky about the genre - taco truck, BBQ, etc. So… that means there's a lot of possibilities.

I am not from Sacramento, so I am hoping you wonderful folks can help me out. Does your favorite food truck cater (most do, I would think). If so, which would you recommend? I think they are looking for something somewhat unique and high quality, but again, not dependent on a particular type of food.

I know this is kind of vague. But any help is appreciated.

Jul 16, 2014
adamclyde in California

Excellent tacos al pastor in San Jose: Antojitos Mexicanas on Alum Rock...

It's on Alum Rock, near the corner of McCreery. There is a tire repair place on the corner of Alum Rock and McCreery, and the taco truck is set up in a vacant lot next door to the tire place. Because it's set up in the vacant lot, and and not on the street, it seems it's a bit more permanent than a completely roving taco truck. That said, I don't live in the area… I just work up here, so I don't really know for sure.

I've attached a TERRIBLE photo so you can see what it looks like. You'll get the gist.

Thanks for the Super Taqueria recommendation… I'll try and give it a try shortly.

Mar 24, 2014
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area

Excellent tacos al pastor in San Jose: Antojitos Mexicanas on Alum Rock...

yup. He's not quite as fast and deft with the machete as the awesome taquero at tacos Leo, but the flavor is comparable. It's really good.

Give it a go… let me know what you think.

Mar 21, 2014
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area

Excellent tacos al pastor in San Jose: Antojitos Mexicanas on Alum Rock...

Driving down Alum Rock yesterday evening I came across the Antojitos Mexicanas Los Tres Reyes truck and scored some fantastic tacos al pastor. Didn't see much written about them here, though I know they've been around for a while, so figured I'd give them a quick nod.

I don't claim to have tried many al pastor places nearby (I work here, but live in the southern part of the state), but these were the best I've had in San Jose by far.

The picture here was taken at about 9:30 p.m. and the spit was still running as you can see. Tacos were - I think $1.75 each. I had al pastor and pollo. Pollo was fine, but al pastor is all that mattered. Fantastic. Great flavor, but pork that was tender and juicy, not dried out or heavy handed on the flavor. Give it a go.

Would love to hear other folks' favorite al pastor in the broader vicinity.

Mar 20, 2014
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area
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Fantastic Chorizo: Ochoa's Chorizo in Anaheim & Santa Ana

they still have their salsas. Both with considerable kick. Very good.

Mar 20, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Fantastic Chorizo: Ochoa's Chorizo in Anaheim & Santa Ana

only uncooked.

Mar 18, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Fantastic Chorizo: Ochoa's Chorizo in Anaheim & Santa Ana

yeah, like eater says, they have a soy chorizo. Sorry... totally blanked on that since the thought of soy chorizo didn't grab me. :)

Mar 17, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Fantastic Chorizo: Ochoa's Chorizo in Anaheim & Santa Ana

Stop on in. It's a family run affair. The lady I spoke to knew everything about their products. They could tell you I'm sure.

Mar 15, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Fantastic Chorizo: Ochoa's Chorizo in Anaheim & Santa Ana

Stumbled on this place while driving around Anaheim today. I did a quick search and didn't see any mentions here yet, so I thought I'd write up a quick post.

The place is called Ochoa's Chorizo #2, at 2827 E Lincoln Ave in Anaheim.

All they sell is chorizo. That's it. No BS or trying to be everything for everyone. Just a specialty chorizo place. And it's awesome. They sell five different kinds of chorizo: green pork chorizo - chorizo verde, a medium chicken chorizo and three pork chorizos: mild, medium and hot.

All the chorizo is sold in good quality casings and is sold by the yard. The price is ~$3.75 for 1/2 yard. They do sell the mild and medium pork chorizo without the casings by the pound.

I tried out the green chorizo this evening and it was fantastic. Spicy, flavorful, unique... real. Love it. Can't wait to try out the chicken and pork chorizos tomorrow.

They also have a store in Santa Ana too - at 220 W Warner (looks on google maps like it's directly adjacent to that good DF-style antojitos place... which makes me question why I've never tried the chorizo place before). I assume the Santa Ana store is the original considering the numbering of the two locations.

Anyhow, if you haven't already, definitely hit one of these two up for the best chorizo I've found in Orange County.

Mar 14, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

Deal! hopefully next time won't be such a whirlwind trip.

Jan 28, 2014
adamclyde in U.K./Ireland

Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

Man. I was in London last week, sadly without a moment to spare. Next time I need to get back there. Thanks for the update... glad to see they are still doing well.

Jan 27, 2014
adamclyde in U.K./Ireland

Angelina's Pizzeria - Authentic Neapolitan pizza in Dana Point

Ooh. Since moving to South OC last year much of the food has been a disappointment. This is great info... can't wait to try it out.

Jan 01, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

The Pot Sticker in Chinatown [San Francisco]

if I remember correctly, the price range was in mid-point for Chinatown restaurants. A little more expensive than your average place, perhaps but by no means outrageous. I think the shui zhu yu was ~$16 if I remember correctly. So definitely reasonable.

Sep 04, 2013
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area

The Pot Sticker in Chinatown [San Francisco]

I know this place has gotten a lot of mixed reviews... went there for the first time this past week and just wanted to report that I had a really nice shui zhu yu (or at least I think that's what it was). It was really good. The fish (catfish I think) was perfectly tender and flavorful. I left with a burning tongue and numb lips. All in all a great meal. I didn't have much of a chance to sample other things, but my fish was lovely.

Aug 20, 2013
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area

Wading through South Bay's great Indian restaurants

Anyone been to Aachi AappaKadai in Sunnyvale? I went by last night (because Taste Buds was closed on Monday). I especially enjoyed the appam (chicken keema), and the idly, which soft, moist and not dry or overly chewy at all. The masala dosa was pretty good, though I think I like Madras Cafe better (just a block down the road). I also had the chettinad chicken... quite spicy and complex as it should be. We also had the vegetable thali, which also was good, though I don't really have much experience to draw on there for point of comparison.

Overall, I was quite pleased with the meal.

Aug 06, 2013
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area
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Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

hah. Point taken... I actually didn't see his until he linked to it here. My bad. That sneaky limster.

Aug 05, 2013
adamclyde in U.K./Ireland

Wading through South Bay's great Indian restaurants

Mate, be happy with what you have. It's fantastic, especially compared with most everywhere else in the world not in South Asia. I lived in NYC and thereabouts for more than a decade and I'll take el camino over Roosevelt ave for Indian any day of the week.

Aug 02, 2013
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area

Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

ah, he was just faster to the trigger. ;)

Aug 01, 2013
adamclyde in U.K./Ireland

Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

most definitely! It's been too long, so will be great to catch up again. Stay tuned.

Aug 01, 2013
adamclyde in U.K./Ireland

Wading through South Bay's great Indian restaurants

Funny, I had the exact same experience in Bangalore! Now Mumbai was a different story. Man I ate well there.

I'll have to try Turmeric for lunch. I've been there for dinner once or twice, and don't recall it being that memorable, but when you are dining solo like I was, you get such a small sampling. You can order wrong at even the best places. Anything in particular you like there?

Great other recommendations too. I'll have to try Mayuri.

(BTW, which aachi aappakadai has the good ice cream behind it? the one in Sunnyvale or Santa Clara?)

Aug 01, 2013
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area

Wading through South Bay's great Indian restaurants

you sure Peacock closed? I went by there just two weeks ago (the one in Sunnyvale on El Camino). A shame if so.

I actually meant Amber India. I've never been to any of the Amber Cafes, only the nicer restaurant in Mountain View. I'll have to give the quinoa biryani. Sounds interesting!

Aug 01, 2013
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area

Wading through South Bay's great Indian restaurants

I've been working in the South Bay (sunnyvale) for the past few years and have had a good time eating periodically at some of the great Indian restaurants around. I know we have some decent places where I live down in southern California, but man, I'm not sure there's anywhere I know of in the Country with such an abundance of Indian food as what you have just driving down El Camino from Sunnyvale to Santa Clara. What a gem.

Anyhow, I've done a fair amount of searching on these boards and some sleuthing of my own, but I don't really feel like I've found my true go to places, nor do I feel I'm the foremost expert on Indian. But I do love it.

so what are your go to places for Indian in the South Bay? A few of mine:

Madras Cafe: (1177 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA). Really good South Indian vegetarian food at Madras Cafe is really Great dosas (paper dosa, butter masala dosa), good idly, etc. Everything I've had there is good so far.

Shalimar: (1146 W El Camino Real Sunnyvale, CA 94087). The place is a hole if ever there was one. But I've had some good food there. Good tandoori meats, if I remember correctly.

Peacock (2798 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA). I really liked their biryani. Excellent. This place isn't afraid of their spice. Also good were some of the sino-Indian stuff, like Chili Chicken and this other dish (chicken 66 or something like that).

Chaat house (a few around town). Pretty good chaat, as you would hope.

For places that are a bit more upscale, and more palatable to on native Indians, I do like Passage to India in Mountain View. I could probably eat nothing but their butter chicken (murgh makhani) for a week or two and be happy. Also, pretty kick butt aloo gobhi (cauliflower and potato). I find passage to india more flavorful than the Amber Cafe franchises, but those will do in a "western-friendly Indian place" too.

Anyhow, I'm sure there are more that are escaping my mind. But what are your places?

Aug 01, 2013
adamclyde in San Francisco Bay Area

Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

wow. I guess sometimes being a trailblazer is all about dumb luck. :-)

Aug 01, 2013
adamclyde in U.K./Ireland

Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

Limster! What a crazy coincidence that we were there almost at the same time, even though we now live 6000 miles away. Even eating the same dishes. Good minds think alike. And even more bizarre that I think I went on the 22nd of July. sounds like I hit it when it was brand spankin' new?

I didn't hit Pizzaro, but now that I know, I'll definitely hit it next time. When I'm in London I usually stay in that area - at the Hilton London Tower. I'll probably be back in October.

So at Casse Croute, does the menu change daily? weekly? Does it repeat often?

The best discoveries are like these... stumbling on some place and being surprised at how good it is.

Jul 31, 2013
adamclyde in U.K./Ireland

Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

Just got back from a lovely work trip to London. Of all the food I ate, thought I'd at least share this gem of a place near Bermondsey Square (about 1/2 mile south of the Tower Bridge).

It's a very small French place at 109 Bermondsey Street (at the Corner of Bermondsey and Tanner). The menu seems to change daily and is comprised of only about 7 items total, written on the chalkboard in the center of the restaurant.

The staff and chef all seem to be French. The food was fantastic. I ordered a fresh baby green salad with pan-fried chicken hearts and a large crouton with liver pate. The vinaigrette was perfectly light and everything balanced well.

But the star was the rabbit with tarragon-mustard sauce and pureed potatoes. Without any doubt the best rabbit I've ever had. Somehow I need to figure out how to make that mustard sauce at home. I still dream about it.

For dessert I had an apricot crepe with apricot foam. Just lovely.

It's a great little neighborhood French restaurant with fantastic food. Definitely worth a try if you are in that part of London (about a 10 minute walk from London Bridge station; 2 minutes from the Bermondsey Square antique market).

Jul 31, 2013
adamclyde in U.K./Ireland

Worthy seafood in or near Dana Point/San Clemente?

hah. I actually think the person talking to me was probably recommending Harbor Grill, not Harbor House. I just assumed it was Harbor House since that's the one I had heard of before. Good clarification!

Jul 31, 2013
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area