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El Gusano is at 1015 Clay now in Oakland, looks like it's almost open

I just want to be lavished with attention.

Jan 08, 2013
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

El Gusano is at 1015 Clay now in Oakland, looks like it's almost open

Oh look, Eater ripped off my photo from this post! My day just got more fun than it was 30 minutes ago.

http://sf.eater.com/archives/2013/01/...

Jan 08, 2013
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

El Gusano is at 1015 Clay now in Oakland, looks like it's almost open

Tatuyo Tequila N Tapas Lounge is no more.

Behold: El Gusano! It looks like it'll have tequila and mezcal, and will be a restaurant / taqueria! (At least, that's exactly what it says on the window.)

What kind of Mexican food will it be? Delicious? Same-same? Local? Organic?

The interior looks like it has lots of "reclaimed wood".

As a taqueria it will be difficult to compete with Olé Olé Burrito Express. As a casual dining spot it will be impossible to compete with Cosecha. This one will have booze. It may serve lots of super drunk club people in it at 11:30pm veering in from the club-clubs... if it's open that late.

I am excited to try it out.

Dec 27, 2012
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

1015 Clay Phase One is Awesome

After remaining as Tatuyo "Tequila N Tapas Lounge", it is now El Gusano. El Gusano is not open yet, but looks like it's close to opening very, very soon...

Dec 27, 2012
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

Cleaver

I'm going to bike over after work if they're open. I just tried calling, but there was no answer.

Does anyone know Greatmin Trading Co.'s hours?

Jul 16, 2012
kevin.dickerson in Cookware

1015 Clay Phase One is Awesome

Same guys were working who I've seen before. Is there a way to unmark the "closed" 1015 Clay restaurant thing on Chowhound? Now there are two. Kind of weird.

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1015 Clay
1015 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607

Aug 03, 2011
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

1015 Clay Phase One is Awesome

I just stopped in a few days ago, and everything seems pretty much the same except the tablecloths are gone, and the bronze sculptures. The food is still delicious.

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1015 Clay
1015 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607

Aug 03, 2011
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

1015 Clay Phase One is Awesome

I saw that too! That is malarkey!

Jul 19, 2011
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

1015 Clay Phase One is Awesome

Tried the coleslaw—it's good! It has fennel in it, I think. It lacks all the qualities of coleslaw that I dislike. http://www.twitter.com/kevindickerson

Jun 13, 2011
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

Anyone tried the new restaurant at 14th and Webster? [Disco Volante, Oakland]

What isn't Italian about panna cotta? The menu is a healthy mix of New American and Italian-ish cuisine. That feels right to me. It's a dangerous label to call a restaurant "Italian." I feel like almost every restaurant in America that serves "Italian cuisine" is really serving a cheap, starchy garbage with a lot of red sauce on top, and I don't think that helps anyone. Thinking about cuisine with attention to herbs, sauces, and creative choices for meat fits with me, and I think it fits with Oakland.

I just wish the house-made sausage casing and crust of the pretzel bun weren't as tough, because it isn't meant to be eaten by picking it up. It's just too tough to cut with the knives you are served at the table, or your teeth. Which is a shame, because the inside of the sausage is tender, moist, perfectly seasoned, and well-complemented by the stone-ground mustard. (And another negative: it doesn't come with bacon jam, like their five-star burger.)

Also, their fries should have their own award category.

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Disco Volante
14th St Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612

Jun 08, 2011
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

My Server Is Stoned!

People who suck at their job high probably just always suck at their job. Most people aren't good at being servers. It's a skill, and it takes practice, and it's still always hard. Not their fault. What was an un-sanctimonious phrase at my old restaurant? "Thank god for every tip."

Jun 07, 2011
kevin.dickerson in Features

1015 Clay Phase One is Awesome

I, too have eaten that, and you really have to choose your bites carefully or risk squashing the sandwich. But it's incredibly delicious. The breading in particular distinguishes the chicken.

I tried the happy hour Philly Cheese Steak, and was a little disappointed in the size of it and the amount of steak you get. It was delicious, but it's not a meal. (Which is the point, I think?)

I'd recommend trying the short ribs over the Philly cheese steak.

Jun 06, 2011
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

1015 Clay Phase One is Awesome

The happy hour is now 4-8 Thursdays and Fridays!

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1015 Clay- CLOSED
1015 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607

May 27, 2011
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

1015 Clay Phase One is Awesome

Yes, when I moved to Old Oakland in February it was Farmer's Market Bistro (which already looked pretty good), and then it mysteriously closed, and within a week or so they had this weird new sign up ("1015 Clay") which looked dubious. Meanwhile buzz has been spreading down here about how good it is.

It's not listed on Google because the name will change pretty soon to whatever it's going to be. I'd make a wager that it will be around for a while, just based on how delicious the food is.

I also forgot to mention that the Friday happy hour menu is also different.

Here is their website: http://www.1015clay.com

I tried adding "1015 Clay" as a new restaurant but Chowhound's form broke and didn't let me. (Browser compatibility issue? I used Chrome.)

May 25, 2011
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

1015 Clay Phase One is Awesome

1015 Clay is open at 1015 Clay Street in Old Oakland.

Here's the skinny: They are opening it in phases, towards the goal of an all-day schedule. So far, breakfast and lunch are great. Friday happy hours are going, but haven't stopped by yet. Once they finish phasing in their full menu and hours, they will change the name.

Brunch is forthcoming, and dinner is forthcoming.

This is run by the same guys as Chop Bar in Jack London Square. I consider Chop Bar to have the best brunch near my neighborhood, Old Oakland. 1015's breakfast sandwiches were awesome. I went with some friends, and we each got one of everything. It was all delicious.

I only have one criticism: I'm almost never a fan of coleslaw, pasta salad, or deli-style potato salad, which leaves me with $2 french fries as a side option with the lunch items.

The Old Town Bratwürst looks killer, but alas they don't cook it in beer.

If you haven't tried it, it borders the Oakland City Center, which means it's a super brief walk from the 12th St / City Center BART. If you get off on 11th, you just walk past the convention center and you're there.

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Chop Bar
247 4th St, #111, Oakland, CA 94607

May 25, 2011
kevin.dickerson in San Francisco Bay Area

Finding Thai ingredients in the Pittsburgh area

What brand of curry did you buy? I know I like Mae Ploy, which has a white plastic lid on a plastic tub, and then comes in a plastic bag inside of that. I really don't like any brand that comes in a glass jar.

May 25, 2011
kevin.dickerson in Pennsylvania

Sushi in Pittsburgh

Chaya does not use real wasabi. Almost no restaurants anywhere use real wasabi, even in Japan. Also, Chaya *does* prepare the rice properly for nigiri, and New Dumpling House does not. It is fine that you prefer New Dumpling House, but you have it backwards.

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Dumpling House
31 Main St, Wellsboro, PA 16901

Aug 27, 2010
kevin.dickerson in Pennsylvania

Finding Thai ingredients in the Pittsburgh area

There are none I know of. In fact, I cannot find any good asian ingredients. Here is an idea though: Green Mango and Sun Panang have good ingredients, try asking them where they get theirs. I know the girl at Sun Panang will definitely talk to you about food and ingredients.

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The Green Mango
3462 William Penn Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15235

Aug 27, 2010
kevin.dickerson in Pennsylvania