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Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

Adobe's San Jose Cafeteria has biscuits & gravy for breakfast every Wednesday. The buttermilk biscuits are just OK, but the gravy is really nice with lot's of sausage pieces and a liberal dose of pepper. Comes with 2 Glaum Ranch eggs for just $3.75 (company subsidized)

1 day ago
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area
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Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

Full House Cafe on MacArthur in Oakland.

Choice of chicken or sausage gravy. I went with the sausage.

Two halved biscuits on a plate filled to the rim with gravy. The biscuits are not large, maybe 1.5-2" squares. They were light and flakey and have some chives inside. I really liked the biscuits.

The gravy was thin and just a little lumpy with minimal sausage. It wasn't that heavy and had some herby flavor I couldn't place. Much better with a couple dashes of Tabasco.

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Full House Cafe
3719 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA

2 days ago
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Kotetsu Ramen in Santa Clara

Kotteri gut bomb. There is also a "Kotetsu Light" version on the menu which comes with thin noodles.

I started with some gyoza ($4 for 6). The gyoza are made in house and are pan-fried which I prefer over deep fried versions. These were meaty and flavorful with a straightforward filling of pork, chives, and spices in a nice thin wrapper. Some of the best gyoza I've had in awhile.

The Kotetsu Ramen (kuro/shoyu) came out quickly as I was eating my 2nd gyoza. It had a decent presentation highlighting the two chashu slices (draped over the edge of the bowl) along with some spinach, woodear mushrooms, seasoned egg, nori sheet, green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. I still don't get the nori sheet which is already sogging up during delivery.

As Kirk mentions, the broth is now pretty thick with plenty of bits of fat floating around to help you envision your arteries clogging with each slurp. For me, at least, it was too much of a good thing; I didn't finish the broth.

The noodles were good; thick and wavy with a nice chew to them. The thin slices of draped chashu were fatty and tender and were served cold; a dunking in the broth helped with that and probably made the soup a little fattier as well!

The egg was slightly overcooked with the yolk gelatinous and fully set vs. the runny goodness I crave. Still much better than Santouka's consistently chalky, over-boiled egg.

Jul 22, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

I had the B&G + Sausage at Aunt Mary's and came away disappointed.

The biscuits were pretty dense and the sage gravy much too sweet (for my tastes). Don't know if it was a mid-week anomaly. I would have liked it better with the Pot Likker gravy that comes with the Bubble & Squeak.

I added the chicken apple sausage instead of the pork one, which may have been a bad choice. You can choose to have it cooked and then crumbled into the gravy, which I did, and I could taste it had been overcooked and dry.

My go-to at AMC is their shrimp & grits + Benton's bacon

Jul 22, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

you go away for a week, and the food you miss most is....

look at the post that grayelf responded to ;-)

Jul 07, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Eats near the Sofitel in Redwood City?

Holly St is San Carlos.

Jun 12, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

there was a korean joint serving not the usual korean bbq but very interesting dishes maybe on N Judah street ? [San Francisco]

I thought the most unique were two braised dishes, the Dwaeji Galbi Jjim or braised Pork Ribs and So Kori Jjim or braised Ox-tails.

The beef short rib with sweet sauce dish you mentioned is the more typical braised meat dish you find.

Jun 11, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

there was a korean joint serving not the usual korean bbq but very interesting dishes maybe on N Judah street ? [San Francisco]

Those dishes aren't that unusual.

A whole grilled fish is probably yellow croaker or Jogi Gui

Short ribs in braised a sweet sauce is Galbi Jjim

Both are pretty common.

Anything else to set this place apart?

Jun 10, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

Pita @ Amba has varied. Started fluffy when they opened, moved to thin and bleh, currently thickish whole wheat and fluffy.

Jun 04, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

best ramen in the bay area

Too bad. I haven't been to Orenchi in a couple of years and the broth used to be rich and flavorful with the added gut bomb of fat bits floating around.

May 31, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Saison 3.0 [San Francisco]

They were accommodating with my pescetarian g/f at the old location.

A couple of completely different dishes for meat / poultry main dishes and ingredient sub's on several others.

I let them know when I made the reservation and got no push back.

May 28, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

The Great Berkeley/Oakland Fried Chicken Sandwich Contest

had a pretty good version at 10th & Wood.

they call it a Po'Mi which is a Po'Boy / Banh Mi hybrid.

menu describes it as "24-hour marinated chicken breast, house mayo, jalapeño, cucumber, Asian-style slaw, between an artisan bun"

$8 gets you a decent sized sandwich and side (choose side salad, regular fries, sweet potato, or garlic fries (+$1)). the chicken is a moist, cornmeal crusted chicken breast. the slaw was cabbage & carrots and tangy, but needed something more to give it that "Asian" feel.

i've been to BB a few times and never was impressed. i've heard that the sandwich size has decreased and prices have gone up so i'm not looking to try it again soon.

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10th & Wood
945 Wood St
Oakland, CA

May 26, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Bauer on Chinese Food

Corey Lee is of Korean extraction

Apr 29, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Q Halal Chicken- Alameda

That's too bad about the Falafel House.

When did they sell? It's still on their website
http://www.qhalal.com/#!location/c14xr

Apr 29, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

falafel?

From the cross streets, gotta be Falafel Stop?

Apr 25, 2014
drewskiSF in San Francisco Bay Area

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