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Great China, Berkeley

I have found this place to be the most underwhelming over hyped chinese place.

Most of the food is lacking flavor and the quality of the meats are dubious.

Dec 16, 2009
pepper in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I get good challah bread in San Francisco???

Nabolom Bakery off of College Ave in Berkeley makes a decent challah.

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Nabolom Bakery
2708 Russell St, Berkeley, CA 94705

Nov 02, 2009
pepper in San Francisco Bay Area

Best fish tacos in the San Fran area!

Not very many good options compared to So Cal but I like Picoso on Shattuck in Berkeley for both the fish and shrimp. Their tortillas are awesome.

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Picoso
1511 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Nov 02, 2009
pepper in San Francisco Bay Area

best donuts in Berkeley?

Berkeley Bowl on Oregon has'em, not sure if they are good or not.

Dream Fluff is ok, nothing special.

I know you specfied old fashioned, but Hopkins St bakery makes killer jelly filled.

You might try Happy Donut (I think that is the name) on University or Gilman. They do a decent job at it.

Oct 14, 2009
pepper in San Francisco Bay Area

china village - wow, really?

I eat here alot after moving from NYC in Dec 08. My comparison is to the Grand Sichuan chain in NYC.

With respect to spice, I would say any of their "hot" dishes compare favorably to any Szechuan I have had, ie., if its supposed to be hot, it is hot.

In terms of quality of ingredients, fresh, non-fatty, etc., I find this place top shelf.

On the consistency of dishes, that is where it is hit or miss. I have found a half dozen dishes I liked and stick to those. There have been certain beef, chicken, pork, etc. dishes that are ruined mostly by the preparation. Some are not good because my tastes are different, for example, a beeft dish made with a more fatty cut, dark meat chicken, etc.

I do agree that the restaurant is lacking in visual appeal and a little grungy but I ain't eatin off the floor and I would rather that then sparkling surroundings and crummy food.

I would say give it another shot but I am not sure if I would travel that far for it.

Jul 06, 2009
pepper in San Francisco Bay Area

Traveling to Houston from NY - need reco's

thanks, i am also coming from NYC on Sunday and couldn't remember the mexican place I ate at last time and you just popped it back into my consciousness. One of the best mexican places I ever ate at and also got to meet the owner and talk about the food with him. Thanks again.

Jul 24, 2008
pepper in Houston

HELP!! In Forest Hills

Resident in FH/ Richmond Hill since 98. There is nothing in our area that I would say is worth the trip from another Queens neigborhood nor any other borough. I would recommend Sri or De Mole to someone from Manhattan.

There are some eateries, Da Silvana, Mi Casa (technically Kew Gardens), Thai Austin, Corfu, that have decent fare but nothing special.

I attribute the lack of better eateries to the demographics which is a mix of various Eastern European (not really known for their culinary accomplishments), Israeli, older long time Jewish population that is looking more for the Boca type early bird super saver dinner and a couple of dinner rolls in the pocket book, and other varied not so inclined to eat out that often versus the smaller population of single or young couples or younger families that eat out or order in often enough to provide the economic support for a full distribution of solid eateries.
Manhattan and certain Brooklyn hoods have that demographic to support these types of restaurants.

There are plenty of decent options just nothing that really gets you excited, and as I head into my final year in this area, I don't see it changing any time soon unless the demographics change dramatically.

The other thing is the lack of a vibrant take out business which provides a lot of extra income to Manhattan/ Park Slope eateries. The only places that do it here are the chinese Mexican and sorry a** chinese places.

I don't know, maybe it someone builds it they will come.

Jul 22, 2008
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Good Russian eats in Brighton Beach

third Oceanview, I ate there Sat night. Had the vareniki which were tasty and the stuffed cabbage which although a little cold in the middle were very good, just like Grandma used to make.

Jul 07, 2008
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Good Afghani in Queens?

The one on Queens Blvd has been real weak my last few visits, I think it hit its high mark a few years ago. Most of the meat was overcooked on my last visits and the service horrible.

Jul 02, 2008
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Anybody been to New Chinese Garden -- Chinese-Guyanese restaurant

I got some takeout from there a month or two ago. It wasn't bad, though had a little extra grease factor.

I got shrimp fried rice and a pork dish.

Definitely not haute cuisine nor worth a special trip but if you're in the hood and want a spicy kinda cantonese kinda home style meal its not bad and light on the wallet as well.

Jun 20, 2008
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Is Danny Brown better at dinner?

Not that it should ever be used as an excuse, but as a general rule, I avoid any restaurant on Monthers Day, Valentines Day, etc. You never seem to get a decent experience.

I have had three dinners at the restaurant and was pleased each time. I found the appeitzers/small plates slightly better than the entrees. Not an outstanding restaurant but one of the better ones available in that zip code.

May 13, 2008
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Nick's Pizza -- Best In New York, Maybe the East Coast

Agree, I am not sure of the appeal of Nick's. I prefer Dee's as does my 4 yr old who is the premier critic. Although I don't think either are in the top 5-10 in the area.

Apr 30, 2008
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Just moved to Forest Hills--Looking for recommendations

I would add Mi Casa on Metropolitan to that list for decent roasted chicken.

Dec 03, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Chinese American in Chinatown Flushing for sit down or take out?

Lets use Tandoori Hut as the example. I consider myself fairly well schooled with respect to Indian, eaten it on many continents, states, towns, etc. with many friends who hail from various parts of India.

I have lived two minutes away from Tandoori Hut for five years. Based on a Village Voice review back about five years or so, I began to frequent the place.

Over that time, I feel the consistency, in both quality of ingredients and pure flavor has declined. I usually only eat there now out of default because I am too lazy to go somewhere else. On some nights, its real good but sometimes it sucks big time to where I can't even eat it.

Give me one other Thai place in the borough of Queens that consistently throws out the same quality as Sri.........and name one other Mexican joint other that Coatzinga and De Mole..... and the Italian options are even worse.....any good fish places?. I haven't been able to find them and from the history of reviews here it doesn't seem like too many other folks have either.

Nov 01, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Chinese American in Chinatown Flushing for sit down or take out?

I wasn't trying to insult these fine eateries that you frequent, my point was that the majority of restaurants, not just Chinese, in the parts of Queens where I have gone, have been disappointing, ie, the number of quality establishments seems to be shrinking. Seems like I am looking in the wrong places.

Having lived in the borough for a little over 10 years, I have noticed that Mexican, Greek, Thai, Italian, Diners, options have either diminished or not expanded and the quality at the ones that remain is very inconsistent.

I am very aware of the diversity, but diversity doesn't ensure quality, only more options.

If my opinion is so bizarre dude, name more than two or three quality ethnic joints (other than chinese) in this borough, which given its population, one would believe there would be more than a handful.

Nov 01, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Chinese American in Chinatown Flushing for sit down or take out?

Agree completely. I am very dissapointed in the restaurant scene in Queens and at this point I just want somewhere where they care about the food and it tastes good and fresh, those places are dwindling.

Nov 01, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Chinese American in Chinatown Flushing for sit down or take out?

Whew, not sure what that is all about, but totally sure I don't want to.

Anyway, anyone with two subway tokens can't go anywhere unless they have a metro card.

Anyone may also surmise that the Chinese people in the Chinese restaurants in the Chinatowns aren't interested in eating any other ethnic foods which is the reason I always discount the ol' "well its only Chinese people eating there it must be good". Maybe that's all they know and want to know, irregardless of however democratic the choice is.

Long live King Yum.

Oct 28, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Chinese American in Chinatown Flushing for sit down or take out?

Was that 99.44% a recently performed survey, I would have tagged it at about 96.2%.

Anyway, I would agree that King Yum (cited below) is an option but to say the food is great is a little bit of an overstatement. Its heavily salted, maybe even MSG infused but the ingredients are quality.

Also, to say that there are few tourists in Manhattan chinatown looking for a Chinese meal is not correct. I would say a large majority of tourists from outside NYC (whether foreign or domestic) flock down there for at least one meal on their visit.

Oct 26, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

DB Wine Bar, Forest Hills?

Went there last Thursday. I thought it was excellent and the wines were very tasty.

I had the risotto, beet salad, salmon tartare and calamari with white beans.

Service was good, I will be back. Finally a decent place in our neighborhood other than the normal sorry fare.

Oct 15, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Jahn's on Hillside Avenue in Richmond Hill

Ice cream is good, can't speak to the food. I observed some of the plates being put down at other tables and it appears to be diner like in quality.

Sep 21, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

The Indian Chinese dilemma

Just ate at Tangra Masala tonight after a decent time away. I agree with the "stay with the dry" mantra. I find that if I stick with my favorites, which include the soups, the mo-mo's (I could eat those all day), any dry fish dish and chow mein, its all good. Once I try to veer away, I can be dissapointed.

Tangra Wok was mediocre when I had lunch there about two months ago. Have not ventured back. Portions were considerable though.

Never knew Chopsticks existed.

Also, like many of the popular spots, I try to go on off hours to make sure the kitchen isn't just slapping it out. I try to judge the places more on these visits then when its super busy.

Aug 27, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Best Ice Cream in Queens (other than Eddie's)

Went to the Jahn's in Richmond Hill (intersection of Hillside and Myrtle) on Sat night.

I was very surprised by the quality of the ice cream. I had chocolate, son had vanilla, wife had black raspberry.

All very good and in my opinion better than Eddies on Metropolitan

I would rate it close to Ben & Jerry quality, not quite there, but close.

Aug 27, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Woodhaven Blvd Pizza Option-Barosa

Just wanted to throw an fyi out there that the pizza at Barosa is probably better than both Nick's and Dee's for those that like the brick oven variety. Apps, Entrees, etc. not exceptional but pretty decent. I had the Rigatoni Barossa last night (sausage, broccoli rabe, hot pepper in garlic and oil) and it was tasty.

Some nights better than others but the pizza is consistently good and they have a takeout storefront now two doors down from the restaurant.

It is right across the street from Pio Pio.

Jul 28, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Sushi Yasu in Forest Hills

Responding to my own post. Went back yesterday after driving by Mickey's and seeing it was closed.

It was very good quality. Not awesome but for the price it is a good deal.

I have it back on the list.

Jul 27, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Sushi Yasu in Forest Hills

I went there a few weeks ago for take out. It was ok but I thought not up to par with Mickey's.

Probably won't be back.

Jul 25, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Just moved to Richmond Hill (JTrain 104th Street)

About five years when I first moved to the neighborhood I raved about the place. My wife and I ate there all the time. Over the past year, everything has taken a downward turn in overall quality. I have eaten the lunch buffet a couple of times in the past six months and found a few of the veggie dishes to be ok.

How long ago were you there?

I think there is new ownership or a change in the kitchen but there has beed a definite change in the vibe there.

Jun 21, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Just moved to Richmond Hill (JTrain 104th Street)

I used to eat there a lot but I got a string of bad meals and haven't been back. I was going to try the lunch buffet last week but I went by and it was closed. I always like the mixed chicken kabob entree.

Jun 18, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

Just moved to Richmond Hill (JTrain 104th Street)

Welcome to no mans land. I have lived on 113 and Jamaica for five years so I have some handle on your options.

Mexican - I believe the place referred to below is the take out place next to the law office and barbershop. I think the names is Las Palmillas or something. I go there mostly in desperation for a taco or tamale, other than that you are not going to find anything decent in a five mile radius (have to go to Roosevelt Ave or out to El Coyote on Hillside).

There are some Indian restaurants in the Lefferts and Atlantic Ave region (Punjabi Kebab and Tandoori Hut). Both are mediocre and inconsistent. The Indian place referred to below has some decent food, mostly a take out place.

For Italian, my best best is Joe's in Ridgewood, other that that good Italian does not exist in Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens or Forest Hills. Dee's on Metropolitan is ok.

Not in Richmond Hill, but on Metropolitan Ave (east of Woodhave) Steve's Deli has the goods in terms of sandwiches,salads but Manor is definitely closer to you.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you don't have much to look forward to from a culinary perspective in this hood.

Jun 18, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

BURGERS!!!

Sure, Weber Genesis Silver, not the biggest, but I can deal.

Just need beverages.

Jun 01, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs

BURGERS!!!

Best I had in Queens is the one I make on my barbeque in my yard.

I am baffled that people have to go to restaurants and pay inflated prices for a burger.

Get some ground chuck and mix in what you want and put it on the que or in your broiler and you're done. You also get to pick the cheese you want too.

Jun 01, 2007
pepper in Outer Boroughs