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Carnitas - East Bay

The carnitas at Casa Jimenez on International & High St is good, but I think braised/roasted vs. BBQ'd

Apr 06, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

best dimsum in oakland?

We've eaten there several times in the last year.

Definitely inconsistent.

We've had better luck than you with more highs than lows, but definitely a few disappointments.

Apr 04, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

san jose recommendations

If you go, get the Banh Khot. Some of the best in the area.

Apr 04, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Latin American Food crawl suggestions San Francisco only

Previously a Barber Shop?
http://barber-shops.cmac.ws/cut-creat...

Anyway, restaurants in converted houses in a residential neighborhood aren't entirely new . . . like Vientian Cafe & Champa Garden?

Mar 31, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area
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Gogi Time in Oakland

Saeng (unmarinated) galbi usually has absolutely no seasonings on it, even like salt or pepper. With the unmarinated it's easier to judge the unadulterated meat quality.

That said, it's typically served with a sesame oil and salt/pepper dipping sauce which is meant to be the seasoning for it. You might also get the typical ssam jang (thick brownish sauce which is a mix of doenjang (Korean 'miso'), gochujang (chili paste), sesame oil, and other spices) that you get with marinated Galbi.

Did they give you anything like that?

Even with the sesame oil / salt dip, I personally prefer the marinated (and I'm Korean)

Mar 06, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Brotzeit Biergarten - Oakland

The Firebrand roll they currently use is pretty roomy and wasn't over-toasted.

Odd thing is, if you get the sausage with fries, how they put your fries on top of the condiments (kraut, onions, jalapenos) so you have to excavate to get to them.

All sausages except the Vegan one are currently housemade (the Vegan is made by Field Roast). The knackwurst in the sandwich had a nice char and snappy casing, but was pretty dry. The bockwurst was excellent.

As The Dive mentions below, the cheese spread was very good and the bretzel (also from Firebrand) would be better warmed up.

Mar 03, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Favorite Caribbean Restuarants in SF, East Bay or South Bay

Kingston 11 is just 3 months old. Dinner only.

http://kingston11eats.com/

I haven't gotten there, but J. Kauffman had a pretty good mini review on Tasting Table

http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_det...

Feb 26, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Gogi Time in Oakland

Bowl'd BBQ AYCE is only pork belly (with 5 different marinades), for BBQ.

They also have at Hot Pot AYCE

Feb 21, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Smelt?

Kokkari

Feb 14, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian breakfast/brunch options in Bay Area

Gather in Berkeley has lot's of vegetarian brunch options and is close to BART

Feb 05, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

French Laundry corkage fee - $150 Wow! [Yountville, Napa Valley]

> "So I guess $150 to uncork your wine and decant it seemed a bit high."

They also top off your glass so discreetly that you don't even realize it happened ;-)

Feb 05, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

French Laundry corkage fee - $150 Wow! [Yountville, Napa Valley]

Service is included in TFL's pricing for the meal & wine. I imagine it's also for the corkage.

That makes it $125 w/ a 20% tip ;-)

Feb 04, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

French Laundry corkage fee - $150 Wow! [Yountville, Napa Valley]

6 years ago when we went it was $50.

at least the food prices haven't tripled!

Feb 04, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Korean recommendation in Berkeley or Oakland

If they're looking for lots of banchan, I'd add Jong Ga House on Grand by the lake to the list.

15-20 and I've had no duds like you often got at Sura (e.g. old japchae with hard noodles) and other spots competing for "most banchan plates" with your dinner.

Jan 31, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Korean recommendation in Berkeley or Oakland

I always thought of bibmbap as a good starter Korean dish, but I guess not for everyone. Did they add any of the sauce provided?

For the OP, Bowl'd does have some BBQ items, if you wanted to steer your guests in that direction.

Jan 31, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Dish of the Month (February 2014) - Nominations/Voting

i'm shifting my vote to POSOLE :)

Jan 27, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Some new things in downtown San Jose

SoFA?!? I already got those at home! ;-)

Jan 27, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Dish of the Month (February 2014) - Nominations/Voting

SOONDUBU JIGAE (Korean soft tofu stew)

Jan 27, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

weekday lunch near Market Hall, Oakland

Bourbon & Beef? I can't vouch for it, but a friend of mine liked his dinner there.

Jan 27, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Chow- please make a mobile app!!

isn't Epicurious app just recipes? or is there a discussion board too?

Jan 27, 2014
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Best place to buy cooked & cracked crab in San Francisco?

I preferred Tenderloin Heights when I lived in the area.

Jan 26, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area
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40-year port?

Vintage port has a very short "shelf life" once opened compared to Tawny so if there's not enough demand, it's going to be wasted.

Jan 26, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Kauffman and Birdsall: 22 Hottest Mexican Restaurants in the Bay Area

more of a sidebar. El Grullense, Taqueria El Tulense, & La Viga (though I guess that's one more than the North Bay got)

In the intro to the article they do say "San Jose's trove of Mexican spots merits its own feature, which we may tackle one day."

Other sidebars:
- East Oakland Taco Trucks (El Ojo de Aqua #1, El Taco Oaxaco, Mariscos Sinaloa #1, Pipirin, Tacos Los Michoacanos)
- Richmond is the new Fruitvale (La Raza, Los Mexicanos Deli, Pepito's, La Chona)
- Old School (Tommy's, Puerto Alegre, Otaez, San Jalisco)
- Mezcal Cocktails
- La Palma
- quotes from local chefs about their favorite burrito spots

Jan 26, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Favorite kombucha on tap in East Bay?

Barkada has a Temescal Kombucha Mimosa on their brunch menu.

not sure if they serve it solo
facebook page says it's made at Arbor Cafe
https://www.facebook.com/TemescalKomb...

Jan 26, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Are there any restaurants in the Bay Area with kid play areas?

Good Bellies Café in Oakland

http://www.goodbelliescafe.com/

Jan 26, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Eater Silicon Valley Heatmap

list is from one guy

"For the list, San Jose resident and food writer Jeffrey Cianci shared his picks for the hottest dining the Silicon Valley has to offer."

Jan 24, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Kauffman and Birdsall: 22 Hottest Mexican Restaurants in the Bay Area

if it makes you feel better, 2 of the 4 "North Bay" spots are in Oakland so they have just 2? :)

Jan 23, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland Restaurant Week January 17-26, 2014

Grand Tavern: It wouldn't be a restaurant week without one spot actively ripping people off, and this go-round, that spot is Grand Tavern. Their $20 "deal" offers a burger with two toppings and a draft Linden Street brew. The only problem: the burger with toppings is usually $13, and the beer $6. Dine here, and you'll be getting charged an extra buck for no reason.

http://sf.eater.com/archives/2014/01/...

Jan 22, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Shrimp and Grits - SF Dish of the Month January 2014

have you been to OB's recently?

the last two Y*lp reviews from Nov/Dec say it's new owners/cooks for the last few months.

Jan 21, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Jin Mi, new Korean in the Tenderloin [San Francisco]

Chicken bulgogi is typically not spicy at all, similar to beef bulgogi, so even slightly spicy is above average.

Pork bulgogi is typically the spicy one with gochujang (red pepper paste) in the marinade.

Jan 13, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area