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Central Islip dinner advice

The glowing review above for Vinnys Mulberry Street has locked it in for dinner. Thanks!

It turns out I need help with two more meals. I'll do a bit more research in a few hours, but if you have any suggestions now, please chime in

We plan to leave Central Islip at 9 AM to head to Robert Moses beach. On the way we'd like to get bagels or a good breakfast sandwich or something quick. Any thoughts? Bayshore bagels and deli seems like a good fit.

On our way back From the beach, we were thinking of getting food on the South Shore, local seafood or anything that fulfills my original post's criteria of conservative but local and good (not Italian since we've got a lot of that already). Any notable seafood maybe (snapper inn)? Price per entree less than $30

about 3 hours ago
hyperbowler in New York State (exc. NYC)

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

I made a (now deleted) test post and couldn't replicate the problem. Both times, I created a new post with the tags:

San Francisco Bay Area; Dish of the Month; Noodles; Rice Noodles

Well, I'm stumped (and not trying to have anyone run in circles)

about 5 hours ago
hyperbowler in Site Talk

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

Odd--- presumably because a mod intervened, the tag is now there. But it's listed in General Topics on the old Chowhound (this is a bug report-- I don't want the mods to move its board until they've figured out what's going wrong)

about 10 hours ago
hyperbowler in Site Talk


During the growing pains of a beta period, I'm sure that the moderators are stretched beyond their limits. Thanks for your efforts!

On that note, are there still volunteer mods? I haven't noticed anything from "The Chowhound Team" recently.

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

I tagged this with the SFBA tag, but it still got bounced to the general board. Are those other tags over-riding it or something? The SFBA tag is not listed on the post.

1 day ago
hyperbowler in Site Talk

SFBA Dish of the Month Nominations (June to December 2015)

Chow fun is the September 2015 DOTM!

Chow fun: SFBA Dish of the Month September 2015

Join us in September as we eat Chow Fun, a Cantonese dish made with wide rice noodles (ho fun / he fen). Variations of Chow Fun are a plenty, so try versions that are new to you and report back here.

Are you ordering it wet (sauced) or dry-style, does the place make the noodles in house, what accompaniments are the restaurant's specialty, is everything dead or are you getting lots of wok hei

Older Chow Fun discussion :
Purchasing chow fun noodles :

Bei Fang Style - new on Irving

mmm... lamb dumpling with marrow

The savory chinese crepe pancake is a jian bing guo zi. I think that means it has a stick doughnut (you tiao) inside

I'm excited by the prospect of getting some of these salads by the pound. Do other by-the-pound Northern delis even exist in the Bay Area?

Paladar Cafe Cubano Changing Hands -- Turning Thai?

That's a shame. It's a good time for folks to chime in about El Nuevo Frutilandia, which covers two rare cuisines here, Puerto Rican and Cuban

Oases in the South Bay food desert?

Welcome to Chowhound!

Spend some time playing with the site's search function. If someone mentions a restaurant of interest, do a search for it and you may find other posts with related content.

Here's a post with a few restaurants you might find of interest.

Here's a list of non-Cantonese Chinese restaurants throughout the Bay Area, with lots of listings for the South Bay. Search for individual places to see what to eat: (flipping through yelp photos is also useful because Chowhound has relatively weak coverage of the South Bay)

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

Is anyone able to add tags to old posts? I haven't had that functionality for a few days either on my phone or on a laptop

SF restaurants for out of town guests

It depends on where they're coming from!

In general, I'd replace:
Burma Superstar with Mandalay
Spices II with Chili House

Out of towner success at:
Pupusas (La Palma daytime; La Santaneca night)
Terra Cotta Warrior
Namu Gaji
Bar Tartine
Saigon Sandwich
20th Century Cafe
Ice Cream Bar / Humphrey Slocumbe

I like and plan to bring people to in the future:
Neighbor Bakehouse / B Patisserie
Aina brunch or Liholiho dinner
Kin Khao
Zare at the Flytrap

This was the itinerary for an all day Mission food and mural crawl we took midwestern friends to in June. 4-5 people total. We hung out in Dolores Park to eat the pizza and banh mi. Starred items are higher priority.

*Wise sons: bialy with smoked salmon
Mission Minis
Craftsmen and Wolves
Dandelion Chocolate
Duc loi: roast pork and lemongrass banh mi
*Pizzeria Delfina: margherita
*Little Star: classic (though, I agree with others that Divis location is better)
*Bi-Rite: mint ice cream sandwiches so we didn't have to wait in line
*Taqueria vallarta: suadero taco, neck taco
La Taqueria: super carnitas taco dorado
*La Santaneca : loroco and cheese pupusa

MY China - SF

Not-outstanding isn't so much a concern when certain dishes aren't available elsewhere. The noodles are good, but the dishes they're prepared in have room for improvement and I hope things like scissor-cut noodles start showing up elsewhere.

What do you like there? In addition to my write-ups above, I'm not a fan of their rice cakes with wild boar, mu-shu tacos, or bok choy with Chinese salted fish sauce (not to my personal taste--- given how not spicy their spicy dishes are, I was surprised this was as fishy as it was).

MY China - SF

MY China has been open for about three years, and has inspired no other restaurant to begin making the noodle dishes they specialize in. Copycats, where are you?

MY China's squid ink snap noodles have no rival in the bay area. The style of noodles is of Shanxi origin, and they are made by pulling a disc off the top of a thick strip of dough and making a thumb imprint as it shoots off into boiling water . The hand motion is different, but the technique looks close to that for Tibetan "then thuk."

It looks like the technique is different than what I understand about orecchiette-like "cat ear noodles", which are formed by a thumb on a board and sometimes made with buckwheat flour. Then again, the Italian technique varies, so maybe they do so here as well. Would these be considered "cat ear noodles?"

The dish is good, but as a whole doesn't work. The garlic, ginger, onions, bell peppers, and seafood made a great stir-fry-- the shrimp are crisp, the squid bouncy and tender. The texture of the noodles is great too-- thick and just like homemade orecchiette.
The failure is that the flavors of the other ingredients overpower the snap noodles, and I couldn't get any sense of squid ink or flour flavor.

Roast Duck: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2015

The skin in MY China's peking duck is thick, mahogany, and greaseless. It's flavor is strong enough to come through when a single piece is stuffed into the buns they supplied with the dish. The skin stayed crisp throughout the meal and it is delicious. The meat tastes like poultry, but in a blind taste test I would not be able to say it is not chicken. They fully render out the fat.

The preparation is not technically Peiking duck – – they attempt to separate the skin from the meat in only half the pieces, and they fused so well in one piece I thought they were glued together

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

Can you open up a new post? This one is long and therefore slow.

The font size for uploading on iPhone is too big. Also, I hope you will soon activated feature which enables us to upload multiple pictures at a time when we reply to a post. Right now we have to manually input each one

The Clay Pot House on Clement [San Francisco]

I got a mixed preserved meat claypot last night and it was fantastic. The servers instructed me to mix the pot after it arrived to the table, and to dress it with that pickled jalapeno and soy sauce mixture. Chinese sausage and slices of pork belly retained their flavors, and the other components, to good effect, sacrificed much of their flavors to the rice. Lots of crust formed, some pieces in nice rafts, and bits I scraped up stayed crisp even in my leftovers.

I hope the bitter melon with seaweed that escargot3 ate is a seasonal item that returns-- it wasn't on the menu last night. The only bitter melon dish was, I think, bitter melon with beef and black beans. The closest item is loofah squash with cellophane noodles (fen si) and dried shrimp which was fine, but not my cup of tea.

The meal had started off with the complimentary house soup-- a chicken broth with black eyed peas, cubes of tofu, and no hint of MSG. The broth was stronger than I was expecting, more flavorful than salty, and the carrot flavor came through.

SFBA Dish of the Month Nominations (June to December 2015)

Bump. Might as well bump. Bump!
Aaa-ohh Hey you! Who said that?

Volunteers for SFBA Dish of the Month Coordinator (June to December 2015)

Anheiser? Busch? Bueller? Bueller?

El Cerrito pub crawl

Right---I've seen it at trucks in So-Cal but here only in restaurants

El Cerrito pub crawl

Venezuelan Cafe might trump El Mono for lunch. Thanks for the tip!

On the lunch front, this is of potential interest and I've not seen anyone talk about it here:

I like hanging out at Albatross, but I agree about their beer. Most of our group has been there before. I'll nix it.

El Cerrito pub crawl

It's called Tacos El Autlense -- I'm definitely putting it on the list!

According to a thread discussing them at another location, they have something that's not too typical up here, "consume."

Central Islip dinner advice

Great, thanks for the suggestions. Any particular stand out dishes at Ciro's or Porsia's?

Ha, I live within 1/2 mile of the one Pollo Campero in Northern California. It's a big draw for the neighborhood's Latino families, and the line down the block on its opening week was amusing given the area's stereotype of hipsters waiting in long lines for no good reason. If I had a longer trip, I think Pollo Campero might be a safe option for the family!

El Cerrito pub crawl

I'm helping plan a full-day pub crawl starting from central El Cerrito Plaza, and going south to the Missouri Lounge and back. This will be pared down. What do you think? Any specialty drinks that we must try? Any snacks we should plan along the way that will be open past, say, 4pm (we'll doubtfully get to Doughnut Dolly or Acme Bread in time)

El Mono | Fresh Flavors of Peru

Southward path
Hotsy Totsy (cocktails) (snack if desired at Banh Mi Ba Le Vietnamese Sandwich Deli before/after)
Club Mallard
Ivy Room (cocktails)
Albany Taproom (beer)
Snack at Casa Latina or Paisan or Smoke en route

Dinner & drinks:
Missouri Lounge

Northward path:
Acme Bar (whiskey)
Albatross (beer/wine)
Elevation 66 brewery
Mel O Dee

See also:

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

I guess that makes sense, and would be fixable by me if tagging was working right now.

So, if I tagged it "Long Island" and "NY (not NYC)," would it show up on old chowhound in the NY (not NYC) board?

If I tag it "Long Island," "NY (not NYC)," and "SFBA," which board on the old CH does it go to?

Aug 26, 2015
hyperbowler in Site Talk

Central Islip dinner advice

I'm visiting family in Central Islip next week, and could use a dinner recommendation within a 20 minute drive.


- entrees $20 or less
- something that shows off Long Island. I grew up there, and Italian American is what I generally gravitate to when I return home. It doesn't have to be Italian American--- something better or different than what I can get where I live in San Francisco would be nice (I'm going to Branchanelli's the night before, and the family has vetoed Mama Lombardi's for some reason).
- comfortable for 6 people total, some with more conservative tastes

Vinnie's Mulberry Street has been suggested. Any thoughts on the place?

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

Here's a replication of the same problem (I chose bars & rest. and included two tags, it put in general discussion):

Aug 26, 2015
hyperbowler in Site Talk

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

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Aug 26, 2015
hyperbowler in Site Talk

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

Can you please move it to the NY (not NYC) board when you're done looking at it--- I was hoping to get restaurant feedback asap!

I still can't add tags

Aug 26, 2015
hyperbowler in Site Talk

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

1) new post--- restaurants and bars selected, but it posted to general topics

Same problem replicated on a laptop.

Aug 25, 2015
hyperbowler in Site Talk