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Rohnert Park to SF --- what to eat along the way?

Why reservations are so tough at State Bird Provisions, SF?

Did the carts keep coming around past 10?

Whole pig dinner similar to Incanto?

You're talking about the special-order whole pig for a private party rather than the annual nose to tail offal festival?

A "special" dinner in SFBA -- your thoughts much appreciated

Do any of Dennis Leary's current places serve dinner?

Pheasant… any recommended places to eat out or buy?

Polarica to buy to cook, they sometimes have fresh:

http://www.polaricausa.com/products.html

Maybe Game when they open in the former Masa's space. They're doing a pop-up at All Spice next week.

A "special" dinner in SFBA -- your thoughts much appreciated

Benu dropped the a la carte, now it's tasting menu only, $195 plus tax and tip.

http://thepricehike.com/post/63737740...

Ordinaire Wine Bar/Shop in Oakland

Usually Tuesday on Ordinaire's FB page.

Bread- East Bay

Oh yeah, his stuff is great. Thursdays and Saturdays only.

http://www.morellsbread.com

Good Italian food for an Italian's birthday dinner near BART?

Centouno's menu is overseen by the chef's son's nonna, but it's eight blocks / 1/2 mile from BART.

Belli Ravioli, Desco, Oliveto cafe (downstairs), Enoteca Molinari, and Corso are closer.

A16 and Oliveto upstairs are great but at the high end price-wise and less home-style. In that price range, consider Perbacco in SF.

Muslim dining?

Unless they object to contamination of the kitchen by non-halal meat or of the whole place by alcohol.

Ordinaire Wine Bar/Shop in Oakland

See Melanie Wong's post. Facebook Kronnerburger.

Ordinaire Wine Bar/Shop in Oakland

Just two more weeks of the Kronner pop-up.

Restaurant for 16th birthday lunch?

A16, Dosa on Fillmore, Maykadeh, Wayfare, Greens, Waterbar, Bar Agricole, Out the Door on Bush

Bread- East Bay

Esther's German Bakery makes some good ones. Berkeley Bowl carries some, though not my favorites.

http://www.esthersbakery.com/products...

Bread- East Bay

Worth a try, but I find Oktoberfeast's breads dry.

Bread- East Bay

Anna's Daughters' is dense but more crumbly than chewy. It's the kind Danes slice very thin for smørrebrød.

My favorite for that style is Pure Grain but it's hard to find. They may sell it at The Junket in El Cerrito. Rainbow in SF sells it.

Who sells Radiatore pasta on the Bay Area?

I think I saw that at Berkeley Bowl West recently.

Nob HIll recommendation

Kin Khao.

4 nights in San Francisco - any recommendations on where to eat?

Bon Appetit is one of the New York publications I was talking about. Local critics find the NY enthusiasm for the place absurd.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9867...

Bread- East Bay

Acme makes some, but you have to go on the right days to get it:

http://acmebread.com/bread/rye

http://acmebread.com/bread/whole_wheat

4 nights in San Francisco - any recommendations on where to eat?

The chicken's the only bad dish I had there.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8855...

East Bay Seasonal Ingredients with Great Wine List?

You might also look at the lists at Aquitaine, Keiko a Nob Hill, Acquerello, and Perbacco.

East Bay Seasonal Ingredients with Great Wine List?

In the Bay Area, virtually all restaurants that serve wine let you bring your own and charge corkage. I've heard of only one that doesn't let you bring your own.

Bringing wine for a one-week trip wouldn't make sense as you'd want to let it rest for longer than that.

East Bay Seasonal Ingredients with Great Wine List?

Best to ask James what they've got, the list is usually incomplete.

I've been stuck on a lovely 1988 Mosel Riesling they bought a lot of.

East Bay Seasonal Ingredients with Great Wine List?

Kermit's not a great place to find aged wines. I think JJ Buckley has the biggest selection.

East Bay Seasonal Ingredients with Great Wine List?

For Thai food in the East Bay, Ran Kanom is in a class by itself:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/968202

4 nights in San Francisco - any recommendations on where to eat?

Most of Tosca's rave reviews have been in New York publications.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/885578

Help finalizing restaurants, deserts, cocktail/speakeasy, as well as opinions on SF staples

If by "Italian government" you mean Vera Pizza Napoletana, go to Una Pizza Napoletana (not VPN certified) or A16. BaoNecci makes excellent Roman-style pizza.

To find Ike's great it probably helps to be both high and inexperienced.

I think the same is kind of true of Mission-style burritos. I ate them in my 20s but eventually lost my taste for that much starch and switched to tacos.

East Bay Seasonal Ingredients with Great Wine List?

I'm not sure you can get a better list than those without going into SF.

A Cote has some good older stuff on the reserve list. I think there's more in the cellar than on this list:

http://acoterestaurant.com/menus/wine...

Great China has great food and an excellent wine list. I'm not sure how well they've restocked the cellar with older Burgundies since they lost everything in a fire. List is not online.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/928067

Speisekammer has some very nice aged Rieslings. Food's not so seasonal.

http://www.speisekammer.com/menu.html

What are your thoughts on the city's coffee offerings?

"At this level of roasting, differences in beans are greatly reduced"

Reduced, for sure, but I'm not sure how greatly. When I started roasting my own (always at least a minute into second crack), I tried a dozen or more beans and blends before finding one I liked. The flavors were in some cases radically different.