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Oakland Lunch Today

It's a rainy day in Oakland and I just realized I need to each lunch in two hours. I'm a CH visiting from San Diego. Please save me from using yelp. I am not at all familiar with the restaurant scene here.

What is the best lunch in Oakland? for guidance, my favorite lunches in SF include Swan's and Zuni.

I have a car, so getting around is no problem.

TIA

Mar 26, 2014
notjustastomach in San Francisco Bay Area

Olive bar

The olive bar at the WF in Hillcrest has a decent number of olives with internal pits. Whether the available non-pitted olives (often including Luques, Cerignola, Nicoise, Kalamata, and one or two others) are to your taste is another matter. And whether selection meets your criteria for adequate variety, again, is another matter.

You might not like them. There may not be enough of them for you. But they are there.

Oct 07, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

? American Voodoo ?

Apparently a new restaurant @ 4655 Park Blvd. that opened yesterday. No menu online.

Any soft opening or first night insights?

Sep 18, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

fresh date nite ideas?

Apropos, has any hound been to Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant recently? The menu has some nice additions, but map is not territory.

Aug 19, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Sunday breakfast, how far do I need to get away from downtown due to Comic Con

The Mission in North Park is another classy choice.

I don't like Snooze, but it *is* popular with people who enjoy very large plates piled high with carbs.

Jul 20, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Please help me impress her with a Restaurant suggestion.

I beg to differ: Kentucky Colonel is the best

De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum.
A fancy equivalent for ymmv.
I.e., I beg, but not too hard.

Jul 18, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

What's Your Favorite Italian Restaurant In San Deigo

I can't speak to "preferences." However, you should be aware that Blue Water usually has a line out the door at the lunch and dinner hours. Probably and hour wait or more.

I get dinner there once or twice a week, so I love the place. But I usually show up five minutes before closing. I don't think I would eat there if I had to wait on that godawful line.

Moral of the story: if you choose Blue Water, especially for take out, phone in your order.

Jul 11, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Breakfast Burrito and other Recs - we'll be in PB (yes, I know...)

Worse than calling SF "Frisco"?

Jul 06, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Date Night Suggestion - Central San Diego

No to Alexanders. Ugh. No. Risotto with standard rice, not arborio or carnaroli = 100% unacceptable.

No to Brooklyn Girl. You can do better, (So sad for me, since it's only three blocks away. I'd eat there every week if the food was worthwhile.)

Jun 27, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Date Night Suggestion - Central San Diego

This is an easy one:
Seven Grand for cocktails, followed by Smoking Goat.
Counterpoint (they now have cocktails)

Jun 27, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Another One Bites the Dust, or...

Just the facts, ma'am.

Jun 20, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Saffron chicken source

Does anybody know the source of Saffron's chicken? My guess would be that they use cheap, intensively farmed birds. I'd be happy to learn that I am mistaken.

Jun 19, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego
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Great Mexican near downtown or Gaslamp

Is it very loud? The website gives the impression that it is the East Village equivalent of Baja Betty's, albeit for hipsters. It definitely did not cry out, authentic and creative cuisine a la Rick Bayless.

Jun 05, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Best new american?

You almost never can go wrong with Starlite. Make a ressie and request a corner table.

Grant Grill's snazzy too.

Who needs food anyway? I'm meeting a friend at Seven Grand Whiskey Bar next week, and looking forward to trying it!

Jun 05, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

old man can't think

I plan to take some of my students out for beer or cocktails and dinner to celebrate the end of the year. I'd prefer to be outside and relatively quiet, so we can converse comfortably.

Cantina Mayahuel, Shakespeare's, and Station Tavern come to mind. Any other suggestions?

(Not O'Briens. They're not the only game in town any more vis-a-vis craft beer, and the food is ugggh.)

Geography: Golden Hill through Claremont; the Pacific through the 15.

Jun 05, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Mariscos German, new location

FYI

One of the Mariscos German trucks seems to have taken up residency in the Amvets parking lot.

3441 Sutherland St
San Diego, CA 92110

May 29, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

SD a "Hotbed" of TV Food Competition Cooking?...Really

I apologize for touching a nerve there. Perhaps a strategically placed emoticon would have tipped you off to the fact that my quip was fully ironic.

I was responding to karaethon's statement, which struck me as an expression of male privilege, with its subtle implication that women "on that show" were not deserving of their success.

For the sake of full disclosure: I do not have a TV and thus do not watch reality shows except for Rupaul's Drag Race, which streams online, so I know nothing substantive about "that show."

May 24, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

SD a "Hotbed" of TV Food Competition Cooking?...Really

That's one thing I hate about the entertainment and food industries alike: they are such hotbeds of female privilege. Women in those industries enjoy such privilege, in fact, that I'll bet they're totally unaware of their privilege.

May 24, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Looking for a great rotisserie chicken to go ...

Where, besides Whole Foods, can I get a rotisserie chicken that is not shot full of steroids or antibiotics, and that was not raised on pelletized radioactive waste, pelletized cow brains, or whatever they feed chickens to keep the price per pound so low?

May 23, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

I am grateful for the fact that, in our humanity, we are complex beings, given to acting on multiple, sometimes contradictory, impulses.

As such, it is reasonable (if not rational) that an individual might occasionallygo to a restaurant seeking to maximize the gustatory experience, while at other times the same individual might go to a restaurant predominantly for the sake of social interaction, or because he wishes to sit quietly and introspect, while surrounded by the sounds of others.

I have never been to Tom Ham's Lighthouse. But, from the description, it makes sense to me that this restaurant might be the PERFECT restaurant for some people on some occasions. If all of us, always, necessarily went to restaurants predominantly for the food there would be many fewer restaurants in San Diego.

May 16, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Ink, Red Medicine, Providence, n/naka? Or. . .?

I live in San Diego, so this list might be oh-so totally 2012.

Seeking excellent, innovative comestibles in a comfortable (not necessarily informal) setting.

We eat fish, poultry, and love veggies. No beef, pork, or other land mammals. Price is not a consideration.

May 15, 2013
notjustastomach in Los Angeles Area

Le Vallarius, excellent? or excellent for Palm Springs?

I want to take my wife for a special dinner, overnight, away from San Diego.

We both love Palm Springs, so I was thinking about taking her to Le Vallarius, which we have never tried.

The other option, of course, is LA, which offers a wide variety of possibilities. However, I am just as happy to avoid LA.

So, is Le Vallarius a restaurant worth making a trip for? Or is the quality of food so much higher in LA that we'd only be letting ourselves in for a disappointment?

NB: We love veggies, eat seafood and poultry, but no steak, pork, etc. And, obviously, cost is not a primary consideration.

May 13, 2013
notjustastomach in California

Hubcap is now spinning.

I think Fakey is practicing the Golden Rule.

Apr 27, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Delicias - 9-Course Tasting Menu or Keeping up with Chef McCabe

Wonderful new veggie dish at Starlite avoids these cliches: pickled baby artichokes, shaved fennel, roasted asparagus, arugula, white bean & goat-cheese puree (the beans predominate, cheese mostly for texture), and charred Meyer lemon oil. Delicioso.

Apr 25, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Seeking good lump charcoal in SD year round.

It's been a number of years since I last tried it, so maybe it's improved. When I last used BBQ Galore charcoal, I found the lump sizes very inconsistent, making it more difficult to control the heat with precision. There was also an overabundance of "fines" (charcoal dust), which just clog the airflow and create ash without giving much heat.

Apr 22, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Seeking good lump charcoal in SD year round.

Thanks. Excellent suggestion. I just gave Siesels a call since it's significantly closer to my abode. Mission accomplished.

Apr 22, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Seeking good lump charcoal in SD year round.

Recommendations anybody? Preferably La Jolla or points south.

Near my home, Whole Foods has the best lump. Unfortunately, the WF corporate office has decided that people only barbecue is the months of June, July, August, and September, so this has become a seasonal item.

Barbecues Galore's lump is lump awful.
Home Depot's is slightly better and strangely expensive.
Smart and Final has Best of the West mesquite. I don't like mesquite alone. Too unpredictable.

Apr 22, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Three- The Saga Continues.

Sadly, I just learned that Lisko Deli and Fish Market closed. I don't live in that area, and so only went there a handful of times. It was a real gem.

Greedy landlord to blame, so I was told.

Apr 15, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Well this is sad news: El Take It Easy to shutter on April 22

Damn, y'all are making me nostalgic for the good old days, when The Linkery was back in its original location and had the portobello burger on the menu. Moist roasted portobello, grilled pineapple, and fresh fried egg: a thing of beauty.

Apr 12, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego

Best Pizza in Little Italy?

To be fair to myself:

1) The OP asked about pizza. I wrote about pizza.

2) MH is sufficiently close to LI for them to be considered roughly in the same geographical ambit, especially by somebody visiting from beyond the Mojave. I can certainly imagine a visitor thinking -- "Little Italy? Surely gotta be a good place for pizza" -- who could be swayed to drive to MH or Hillcrest instead for a higher quality product.

Apr 07, 2013
notjustastomach in San Diego