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Crossburgers- Chef Eddie Blyden's return on Frank Ogawa Plaza [Oakland]

Well I'm sorry you had such a negative experience you felt compelled to make your first post here, but I've always found Blyden to be warm and welcoming, visiting tables etc. and have never heard a negative word about his hospitality. In fact, a large number of my colleagues have made Crossburgers a weekly part of their rotation.

Care to name a "better" burger downtown at lunchtime?

Back to the food- on subsequent visits, I haven't found the menu to vary much. The fried catfish sandwich is good, with expertly fried cornmeal-battered filets, but would be better with a cabbage slaw rather than the kale-based slaw he also puts on the fried chicken sandwich.

The catfish has gone from a Friday special to a regular menu item.

i still have to try the dog with blackeyed pea chili, cheese and pickled jalapeno.

2 days ago
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Vallejo lunch recommendation?

Won't help OP but I'll pile on on the cheap side. I have my eye on Baldo's- SoCal style taqueria- burritos with meat, guac and pico de gallo; California burritos; carne asada fries.

One day I'll compare them back-to-back with Adalberto's further up the road in Fairfield.

http://www.norcalbaldos.com/

Apr 17, 2014
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Bay Area Food Festivals and Events: April, 2014

4/26 Cider Summit, Civic Center park, Berkeley: approximately 90 ciders from throughout the U.S., England, Scotland, France, Spain, and perhaps others.
http://www.cidersummitnw.com/berkeley...

Apr 14, 2014
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Olde Depot Public House, by beer rev anybody tried? [Oakland]

Re-opening as Annex Burger today; same management, 5 taps.

Not much of a website yet, but:

http://www.annexburger.com/atomic-cha...

Apr 11, 2014
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Best Lil' Porkhouse, new BBQ in San Rafael

Expanding to Alameda, fall ETA:

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

Apr 10, 2014
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BBQ Caterer needed in Orinda in May, 65-80 people

Bo's lease is up 7/31 and will not be renewed:

http://www.contracostatimes.com/contr...

Apr 10, 2014
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East Bay BBQ for catering or takeout

Luke Tsai reports Genny's has reopened:

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/WhatThe...

Apr 10, 2014
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TV (Baseball) & Food in East Bay

Rosamunde has 2 TVs and a great beer line-up ($1 off Happy Hour 3-6pm, which brings Racer 5 down to $3)- the manager is an A's fan.

Forge has 2 TVs and baseball.

Pacific Coast has the full MLB Extra Innings package.

Apr 07, 2014
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Posole - SFBA Dish of the Month April 2014

Cosecha's pozole verde is easily the best soup in downtown Oakland, but I wouldn't go that far. Maybe it's my preference for pozole rojo, and pork with lots of neck bones etc.

No tostada, but it does come with their great, toothsome tortillas.

Diana Kennedy's recipe, with the eyes reserved for extra-special guests, remains my gold standard.

I attempted to go to Taco Grill today and discovered they're closed Sundays.

Apr 06, 2014
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Cant find Pepperoni sticks anywhere (Livermore Area)

Smart and Final in Oakland has Old Wisconsin brand, $12.99 for 1 1/2 lbs.

Just across the street Taylor's has them, $1 each.

Apr 04, 2014
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Best pizza in the East Bay

Patxi's does stuffed, and it's better than Zachary's if you like that sort of thing.

Apr 03, 2014
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Best pizza in the East Bay

After having 3 half over-scorched, half undercooked pies, I gave Forge another shot a few months back and found evenly cooked crust with nice consistent char, and went back a few more times with the same result.

Then last weekend I went back, sat at the bar adjacent to the oven, and saw pie after pie come out half-scorched, half pale and wan. Had a cocktail and left.

I think getting the right guy working the oven is crucial here; it's a Valoriani, which are notoriously unbalanced.

Apr 03, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle Plans to End Its Prized Food Section

So now he'll presumably be the one handing out 2.5 stars max?

Seems a waste of talent.

Apr 02, 2014
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Poutine or cheese curds - in 2013?

Marrow (Oakland) posted they were serving poutine today, so I went out of my way to get there.

The beef fat (shoestring) fries were the perfect vehicle for a generous amount of very beefy, luscious gravy. However, much of the cheese curd was melted too far into the gravy- only the last several bites had that nice fresh bounce I was looking for. The crispier bits of fries sticking their necks above the gravy went well with a bit of the meltier curd and the excellent house-made ketchup, which at first I dismissed as an afterthought. Smattering of parsley as a crown.

$9- I'd get it again.

Mar 28, 2014
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BBQ Caterer needed in Orinda in May, 65-80 people

Smokehouse 10, Beaver Creek and Slow Hand all get positive reviews on this board and offer catering. The first two are also competition teams, and Dave Tendick of Smokehouse 10 has appeared on BBQ Pitmasters.

I've never heard anything good about Bo's from BBQ people I trust, so I've stayed away.

http://www.smokehouse10.com/catering/

http://www.beavercreeksmokehousetavern.com/

http://www.slowhandbbq.com/catering.html

Mar 27, 2014
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Smoking chicken?

Give white sauce a try, it's delicious:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

It's a finishing sauce- I wouldn't apply it during cooking.

Mar 17, 2014
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Has Fast Food Killed off all the cafeterias??

There are still 3 Harry's Hofbraus- I frequent the San Leandro location for the excellent beer selection, believe it or not:

http://www.harryshofbrau.com/

Brennan's in Berkeley is still going strong, and, again, not too shabby a beer list:

http://www.brennansberkeley.com/

Mar 17, 2014
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lunch in downtown Oakland

Marrow will no longer be offering brunch service anytime in the immediate future.

Mar 17, 2014
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Best "Local" Seafood Restaurants in Bay Area? Coming from a distance and need FIX!

This article about a unique abalone farm underneath the pier in Monterey mentions Michael Mina, Coi, Commis and Saison as customers:

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/...

Mar 14, 2014
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lunch in downtown Oakland

The past two weekends Marrow suspended weekend service; chef has a new baby and commutes from Napa daily- best to call ahead.

He's also looking to move to a larger location.

Mar 14, 2014
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lunch in downtown Oakland

I was thinking the immediate competition was more Pacific Coast directly across the street- Rosamunde's happy hour in particular is killing them. $3 Racer 5, $4 High Water Hop Logic today.

Beer Revolution remains a dank, smelly, basement-type space after the buyout of one partner. Just an unpleasant place to be, for me.

Mar 13, 2014
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lunch in downtown Oakland

Agreed on the timbale- switching to the Mikkeler Bar's chef has done nothing for the menu. They managed to get worse on the pastrami sandwich.

Mar 13, 2014
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lunch in downtown Oakland

A short walk to 17th St. and Webster would take you to Stag's and the best sandwiches in the area, served Saturday beginning at 11am.

The standard offerings of a Reuben and grilled cheese with add-ons including bacon chutney and tomato jam are good; as an example this week's specials include porchetta and true cod cutter (Barbadian sandwich).

Mar 13, 2014
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lunch in downtown Oakland

Don't know about some of the menu, but doubt Saag's does wild boar; duck w/ figs or cherries; Nuremberg (small) bratwurst; Hungarian... Rosamunde has a great beer selection as well.

Cosecha will be in brunch mode Saturday, but it's still possible to get pozole, quesadillas or braised pork tacos- good, but not the best dishes they offer.

Mar 13, 2014
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Locally made frozen foods worth stocking

La Borinquena's tamales- they sell their excess holiday supply at a discount after Christmas.

Mar 13, 2014
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Crossburgers- Chef Eddie Blyden's return on Frank Ogawa Plaza [Oakland]

Earlier this week I noticed this place had opened, and resolved to visit as soon as I could when a quick search revealed that it is the work of Chef Eddie Blyden, last seen turning out excellent Southern cuisine at Miss Pearl's.

I ordered the Crossburger, not specifying doneness as is my usual practice when first trying a new burger. It came out well-done, but remained quite juicy. This burger features a mayo-based sauce, cheese, lettuce, a thin slice of tomato and a slightly spicy pepper relish tucked in to a challah-type bun made by Metropolis Baking. It was quite good.

The regular menu features a standard burger with add-ons including Hobbs bacon, egg and avocado; a Mary's fried chicken sandwich on the same bun with kale slaw and remoulade (which my companion ordered- it looked great and she loved it); a Cuban pork burger with Hobbs ham, pickles, Emmentaler and mustard; and a hot dog with black-eyed pea chili, onion and pickled jalapeno.

Fried catfish is slated for a special today.

The burgers alone fill a gaping hole in the downtown Oakland lunch scene, but Chef Eddie said he is going to be creative with the menu and see how it evolves, so I'm sure I'll be going often.

Lunch only for now.

Mar 07, 2014
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Bay Area Food Festivals and Events: March, 2014

3/8, Bay Area Homemade Market- Firehouse Art Collective Gallery, 1790 Shattuck in Berkeley

http://bayareahomemademarket.com/

Mar 06, 2014
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Geezers Want Great Dinner in Oaktown

I had the same thought re: quiet; but $95 per person, and $150 per with wine pairings (which you really should do here), is definitely REALLY expensive.

Mar 05, 2014
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Fish Tacos - SF Dish of the Month March 2014

I don't know about a pop-up per se but that's an apt description of La Cholita Linda at the Sunday JLS Farmers' Market, mentioned upthread in connection with their new brick-and-mortar, which is now open.

Mar 04, 2014
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any good eats near the Fox Theater in Oakland?

"Hi Life Pizza - some people on help claim it's the closest thing to NYC pizza they've had locally."

An emphatic no- the crust is terrible. The cornicione is unbearably thick and hard; you'd break your teeth eating that thing. The rest of the crust is stiff as a board, too.

Molcajete is not a taqueria. Kauffman and/or Birdsall Liked it, which surprised me because the related Antojeria El Chilar nearby is very mediocre:

http://www.modernluxury.com/san-franc...

Adam's has good shawarma.

Haven't been to Bay Fung Tong, but their forte is seafood and it's usually packed.

Feb 19, 2014
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