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Anyone else over Guy Fierri?

From Conan...

Po' Boy @ The Chef and Her Farmer (Oakland)

That may well be delicious, but it looks nothing like any poboy I've ever seen.

US geography game : Bay Area restaurant edition

New Mexico- Green Chile Kitchen (SF, Marin)

Chicago- Roy's Chicago Doggery (Petaluma); pizza- Little Star, The Star, Paxti's, Zachary's

US geography game : Bay Area restaurant edition

The Red Grape, Sonoma- New Haven, CT pizza.

Saturday breakfast spot in East Bay: Good food, Not too crowded

Ful/phool is a great option.

Best phool- Shihan phool, Alem's Cafe in Claremont across from the DMV. This stuff is delicious; I am addicted. Decent coffee, but held in a Cambro.

Ful a notch lower, but better coffee service and booths- MLK Cafe near MacArthur BART.

I frequent both at the time you need and can assure you will find a table and can linger as long as your coffee lasts.

If you have a group, note that Alem's is markedly smaller.

Centouno - Oakland JLS

Maybe the coworking space on the upper floors will be wholly occupied by country music-related startups staffed by cowboys waving their hats in the air as they slide down the "28ft gravity powered productivity booster."


Centouno - Oakland JLS

Centouno closed a couple months ago.

The new concept going into the space is bizarre, to the point that it could be a joke- "Oakland's Home of Country Music" complete with line dancing lessons.

A collection of sports logos includes Nascar, Wrestlemania and SEC football.

The menu emphasizes outlandish burgers- the Jack London is stuffed with mashed potatoes; another is stuffed with mac and cheese. There's a Fabio burger as well.

Lots of craft beer logos- "Ice cold beer- hard booze- wine- shots."

Definitely not the new craft beer and burger type of place discussed in a recent thread...


Chef Edwards BBQ [Oakland]

Just learned Chef Edwards opened a new restaurant in Rio Vista in August 2012:



Chef Edwards, Rio Vista- reports?

Just learned, somewhat randomly, that Oakland's Chef Edwards relocated to Rio Vista in 2012, rather than closing for good as I and others had thought.

I'll be going up on my next BBQ roadie for a Piggly Wiggly, but in the meantime I'm wondering if any 'hounds have been?



Jan 03, 2015
Pius Avocado III in California

Cool spots open on New Year's Day?

Cosecha is doing a special brunch 11-3, "Comida que cura la cruda" (hangover food).

Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant & Tea House in Alameda

I dine there frequently. Favorite dishes include pickles with sour cream, fried bread, potato dumplings and cabbage rolls. The Barrel 95 beer pairs suberbly with everything.

Anyone else getting tired of "new" Craft Beer,Gourmet Burgers & 3rd Wave Coffee joints in Bay Area?

English Ales' brewery in Marina is an excellent stop on the way to/from the Monterey peninsula, and their offerings can occasionally be found around here. I enjoy their 1066 pale.

KronnerBurger [San Francisco]

Controversy on Piedmont Ave surrounding destruction of the Key Route mural:



Michael Bauer's incomprehensible rating logic

But he just said "New (Terrapin Crossroads) chef Jason Arbusto creates my new favorite cioppino"!!!


Quick question: A place for a drink and a snack in Oakland this afternoon

Dogwood opens at 4.

Generic paprika - what is it?

Yes I have, years ago off a big supermarket shelf.

Once the proprietress of a Russian deli scolded me when I told her why I was looking inside the tin before purchase.

Dallas Morning News’ restaurant critic ditches anonymity

"After several years of engaging with increasing frequency in the ridiculous ritual of pretending not to be recognized by chefs and restaurateurs who are pretending not to recognize me, I’m dropping the ritual. It’s dated. And it’s a distraction."

"The element of surprise is the most valuable tool in a critic’s arsenal. If a restaurant doesn’t know I’m coming, its chefs can’t prepare anything special in advance... I can usually tell when I’m getting special treatment, and I don’t fall for it."


New York magazine's critic did the same 10 months ago, ditching the "dated charade" of anonymity.

I'm all for it. What steams me are bloggers who get invited to dine at restaurants gratis, and then post photos and reviews. They get crossed off my reading list immediately.

What's good near Lincoln/Auburn? [Follow this discussion on our California board]

The Hillbilly is good at breakfast- biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs. Bloody Mary $9, comes with a beer too.

Smokehouse 10 BBQ & Catering in Martinez

I regret not having been able to return to Smokehouse 10 before they closed.

Dave Tendick will continue to compete, cater and vend, so anyone searching for catering should still give him a call.

He did very well vending at the Oaktown Throwdown in August. 100+ racks of ribs both days.

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Cutting burritos lengthwise and spreading them open sure produces some disgusting photos. They bring autopsies to mind.

Vice Media- Munchies

I began following Vice on the strength of Simon Ostrovsky's excellent war reporting from Ukraine, and found their "Munchies" area serendipitously after the latest dispatch from Mariupol.

"I Ate Dinner in a Tajik Hellhole" was particularly resonant, as I learned that there is a Tajik version of mantu or manti, a dish I have been enjoying greatly in Afghani venues here around Oakland, CA. There are interesting photos of the Tajiki, err, restaurant, and dishes as well.

Might be worth a look to many here, at least occasionally.


Somewhat amusing Guy Fieri parodies as well:


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

One so inclined might want to check it out sooner rather than later- the operations manager and executive chef left before opening due to the owner's temper.

Alameda PD and California ABC are reviewing the liquor license after the drunken, prbation-violating owner bit a cop while resisting arrest on opening night.


Gut Reaction - Drinks after work in Oakland

Hatch Green Chiles 2014

My web searches turned up an LA Times article from last year quoting Mr. Schueller, a few other vendors making the certified Hatch claim, and a TV news story from last Friday, days after the NM program launched.

It's worth watching for the perspective of farmers opposed to the program, but most germane to our discussion is this:

"The new certified chile program also allows for a registered chile grower in any part of the state to call the chile they grow Hatch green chile."


Jack's Oyster Bar & Fish House-Jack London [Oakland]

We went to Jack's Sunday afternoon. We ordered a dozen of the $1.50 oyster (Steamboat, a new one for me) and after trying each of the three sauces, stuck to lemon- the habanero was particularly ill-suited as an oyster accompaniment. I doubt they'll sell much of the other oysters before 6pm given the huge price gap ($36 to $48 a dozen). These took quite awhile to come out, as there was just one shucker.

The poke was good, with crisply-fried sheets of seaweed and a superfluous quail egg yolk, but we only got 5 or 6 small cubes of ahi for $14 (perhaps I'm biased- I'll be buying poke by the pound on Kaua'i for less than that in a few weeks).

The clam chowder is really bacon chowder- we had two undistinguished clams. The smoked potatoes seemed like ordinary potatoes, and were undercooked with a crisp, apple-like texture. It is on the menu as a "small bowl," but at $9 it's priced like a bowl and served like a cup.

Cocktails were good, but continue the diminutive-yet-pricey theme- $11 or $12 for a small martini glass and an even smaller, wine festival-type glass for the Manhattan, both 2/3 full.

The television seems out of place for what I think they're aiming for.

JLS needs a decent seafood-focused restaurant but I fear Jack's is not it. From the rest of the menu, they meddle with the lobster roll by grafting it onto a pretzel bun and adding cole slaw, and I don't think I could ever justify $23 fish and chips.

Hatch Green Chiles 2014

East End.

Anula's Cafe (Oakland)

Sad news- Luke Tsai reports that a health inspector has decreed that Anula's can no longer serve meat:


Hatch Green Chiles 2014

I doubt the provenance of the chile being sold at Mollie Stone's. While the word Hatch appears often on their website, they identify their supplier as Melissa's Produce.

Melissa's has this to say about their source:

"These chiles are named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico. No other chile is prized more than this variety which grows in the Mesilla Valley, just north of Las Cruces."


Las Cruces is 40 miles SE of the Hatch area.

Whisky bars in Oakland area?

Do you mean to draw a distinction between, say bourbon and Scotch by using the whisky spelling?

For bourbon, Pican. For both bourbon and Scotch, District would be hard to beat- particularly strong rye selection.

Edit: didn't notice the date of the OP.

Grand Lake Kwik Way reopened: drive-thru burgers and fries [Oakland]

Count me an idiot with extremely bad taste, or acknowledge that Miller's corn dogs hand-dipped and fried to order were legitimately awesome- take your pick, I don't mind.

But what's "the Korean owner" supposed to mean?