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Top spots for Vietnamese food in Oakland

got the tidbit off their website. not familiar with food from Binh Thuah. food sampling tasty.
expect priciness
fwiw, my pho noodles were wide fresh ones, i prefer the thinner reconstituted kind or thin ones overall.

Top spots for Vietnamese food in Oakland

had a yummy beef pho dac biet(10) @Ma Me House, 416-15th st, msg free. open till 9, closed sat. sun.

Ma Me's food represents the Binh Thuan region of Vietnam.
menu pricier than usual viet eateries.

Sweet Delight Bakery (Excelsior District, San Francisco)

buns were out of sight when i dropped by awhile ago. didn't notice jook either but wasn't looking. tried the siu mai and har gow. no natural tastes. all msg.

Tostilocos and Mexican ice cream in Hayward

Mexican ice is popping all over:
-international in former bar space. (oaktown)
-B st. hayward
-across from mi rancho, hayward
-vermont st, hayward, same as grocery outlet
-hesperian blvd, san lorenzo (proprieter young amigo, friendly, good stuff)
-A st. one opened near hesperian, upper A st near railroad tracks "open soon" for months
-mall, newark
-thorton ave. commercial strip, near book store..
-mission st. sf. not recommeded, got lump of ice instead of ice cream.

Chocolate Chair (Japantown, San Francisco)

seeing chocolate chair for the lst time, i instantly had low expectations. choose the one ingredient (chocolate) they couldn't possibly screw up. they didn't. vanilla probably a safe choice also.

why did i have low expectations? place is little bigger than a bread box. how can they compare with smitten who has an overkill of employees and room?

subzero(sebastopoole) did a fab job with matcha. saw the whole prep.

couldn't brave to watch them make it. luckily the straus and the chocolate carried the day. CC can't make quality nitrogen ice cream on the cheap. ur experience proves it.

SF Chinatown: Good wonton recommendation

Yin Du has too much msg, just average. Hon's more memorable.

SF Chinatown: Good wonton recommendation

Yin Du is just average with lots of msg. had better memories of HOn's though that was long ago.

Cantonese DIm Sum Recommendations for Bay Area

would consider mayflower, union city for value, though items inconsistent. would avoid dublin, terrible service.

Saigon Seafood Harbor, richmond is very good for value.
concur with yank sing, koi palace.
Hong Kong East Ocean, Emeryville has upscale decent dimsum with long waits on weekends.

note:XLB isn't a cantonese specialty, it's northern chinese.

Andytown Coffee Roasters, SF Outer Sunset - Snowy Plover & Scones w/ PICS!

in house roasted coffee, drip@2.25 was a steal
-smooth, bold, easy sipping
-as good as the big boys and cheaper.

scones looked popular but i'm not a scones fan........

Tacos al pastor at Street Taco (Upper Haight, San Francisco)

had the al pastor as well, it was fab!
don't know how they can called it "street taco" when they don't serve brains, lengua, or tripe.

they do have grilled chicken, beef, fish, shrimp which seem geared for the haight clientele.

How often do you get a bad meal in the SF area?

bad food-some, mediocre food-quite a bit, average-hard to say
fairly good-some, fab food-some to rare

results mostly due to drive by dining. grabbing a bite wherever i happen to be. deliberate choices have a higher satisfaction ratio.

Sichuan Invasion Continues -- KL Restaurant on Balboa becomes "Sichuan Table." [San Francisco]

sichuan table's dim sum check off menu had cantonese and northern style dim sum.

shrimp cheung fun(3.80) had silky crepe with crunchy grass-tasty shrimp, obviously farm raised.

Xiao Long Bao (4/3.2) stucked to the aluminum tins. yanking them off broke the skin. meat tasted bland. soup just so so from the droppings left on the plate.

server didn't leave a spoon and the dipping sauce was red vinegar instead of the brownish sauce. doubt XLB made in house, just commercially sourced.
disappointed in what i tried.....

2014 Oakland Oaktoberfest, Sat. 10/4

parking's too big a problem to overcome. stoked to see contra costa's microbreweries all present. Eight Bridges Brewery's "Red Ale" is amazing, potent stuff. tastes like a stout. the contra costa micro's all have great stouts, so does linden.

ale industries has lighter ale fare, also tasty.

note: meter people out in force. any illegal parking will be ticketed. found out the hard way.

Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

recently had "eggs benedict benny" (11.95) @pork store cafe/3122 16t st. sf.
-thin lay of corned beef hash amazing fresh, tasty
-eggs benedict pretty good too.

a concord eatery on clayton rd. isn't worth mentioning. tasted canned.

Best Asian in San Francisco

haven't been there in awhile. didn't like the commute from the east bay. also family is scattered all over the country now.

usually had shrimp cheung fun, lobster yee mein, custard (don tat, meatballs and the signature hakka chicken.

Best Asian in San Francisco

s.f. is weak in ramen re: san mateo, santa clara area
best bets:
-ramen underground (2 locations)
-Meh on (geary)
-ramen yamadaya (good broth but angel hair ramen, a turn off)
-Shalala ramen (kuro ramen)
-Sawaii Ramen (chinese owned, tonkotsu ramen above average

notes: haven't tried many places, hours not convenient

questionable:
-kaiju eats(gimmicky toppings, regular egg noodles, i.e. chow mein)
-Aijisen ramen: good mall food, not a destination.

Best Asian in San Francisco

milk tea: boba guys, 2nd: purple kow/sharetea
dim sum: ton kiang, clement st. yank sing, pricey purist, koi, msg enhanced, lots of choices, long waits

pho: no msg:yummy yummy (1015 irving)
northern pho: turtle tower, various locations
braisied duck leg noodle soup: Ha Ky Mi Ga(ellis)/Thai Ng hiep Mi ga(noreiga?)

ice cream(asian flavors): mitchells(688 san jose) sold all over town, polly ann (3138 noreiga)

banh mi: saigon sandwiches(larkin st.not great but popular,passable)

Galeto Brazilian steakhouse, Old Oakland

pricing seems variable. every week i drive by, the price in the window changes. no doubt prices have gone up since their opening.

Muracci's 3 Japanese Curry & Grill now open in Berkeley!

fryer was not working when i went. prices higher than posted S.F. prices.
service fab. seating the same as previous eatery.

Boba Guys (2nd Store) now open in Union Square, SF

actually this is their 3rd. not sure if the berkeley one is still ongoing (in Happy Valley rest)

they had alcohol infused teas. passed on it.

Galeto Brazilian steakhouse, Old Oakland

tried them in the early days of all u can eat(18.95)
technically true. lots of salad choices and other eats at buffet table.
starters of pasta, bread, soup etc.
meats brought by different server, intermittent.
-meats mostly well done, i like rare.
since i seldom eat brazilian "steakhouses", review may be jaded. just saying novices(newbies) may be disappointed. i was more confused than disappointed.

notice in window now pricing is by the lb. special price for lunch.

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

pupusas aren't a fave. most memorable one was at taqueria la bamba.
chicarones pupusa(2) was tasty and not greasy. curtido good too.

open kitchen allows one to watch the pupusas being made.

Emeryville Public Market Changes ......

looks like off the grid will do for Emeryville Public Market what they did for Marin Country Mart. (the farmers market helped too).

Booming Dim Sum (Outer Sunset, San Francisco)

experienced a contrarian opinion from experiences a year ago.
-har gow (3/1.8) wrap thick, shrimp just ok
-shrimp crepe(2.2) terrible shrimp, skin not silky, tasted day old?
-"gou bu lai" bun on menu, didn't try.
-tax charged on take out. HUH?
-3 ladies working, rushed to order, cuz few patrons present?
-many tables, congee,rice plates, menu items, available for dine in (ala chinatown)
-don't know how they got 4 stars on y..., guess eaters in this area
have few choices or they have improved.

Oakland Help Please... Need dinner and cocktail/dessert spots for TONIGHT

yep. forgot to mention. fab reasonable food/drinks and staff. small space. probably a wait list......

Oakland Help Please... Need dinner and cocktail/dessert spots for TONIGHT

Miss Ollies, Consecha @907 Washington St.
the Forge, Jack London Sq, (avoid Jack's next door)
Nido's, 444 Oak St.
-all in Oakland

El Ojo de Aqua [Oakland taco truck]

gotcha. we're recreating "Car 54, where are you?"
did see El Ojo at international spot last week or 2 ago.

El Ojo de Aqua [Oakland taco truck]

Grullense #3 took over the derby spot. not sure which grullense truck took over this spot.

The Half Orange [Oakland]

another angle is Porter's demographics can't get to him, find parking, eat, and get back to work.
parking really tuff in this area. (even for call in pickups)

locals flock to emil's during lucnch, a lower price point....

Mi Grullense 3 (taco truck/oaktown)

no. seen one truck near s.l. border on international. other one or 3rd St. san francisco. haven't stop at either one for awhile.