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Why are they standing in line ?

I was there sitting in line on those hard stone steps for what seemed like eons. I remember having a particularly good Cajun Prime Rib plate, but nothing else. And I had no martinis.

Bec's Bistro Berkeley

There was when it was a music store. There was a loft like area where I bought Beatles 45's.

Any new places in the Castro district? [San Francisco]

I did try the Chinese chicken salad at Slurp when I couldn't bear another sandwich or wrap type thing. It was dominated by hard, fried noodles. Not the best thing for someone who had just had a root canal the week before. I would have preferred a lot of greens. Slurp was very busy on Sunday evening, so they are popular.

I tried to find M&L sandwiches but may have been looking on the wrong street?

A. G. Ferrari (sp?) had two for one coupons (new ownership?), so my business partner and I went there twice. He liked the meatball marinara. The turkey with fig jam and ricotta was good. Really liked the coppa in the coppa and provolone, but sharp provolone in San Francisco just isn't the same as sharp provolone in Philadelphia.

Favorite meals in the Castro were again at Kasa. I really like the Keema Muttar (ground turkey with peas). It's really juicy.

The 1st Saturday, had to go to the Sunset to meet two customers. I brought back food from San Tung and coffee cake from Arizmendi. That and the meals I ate in the east bay before leaving for the city at 3 were my favorite of the week. Rossi's is a reliable fall back.

I never have time for a real meal. I did have a reasonable salad and a pleasant blood orange lemonade at Slider Bar while I watched the 1st half of the Patriots/Colts game. The slider itself did nothing for me.

Taking advantage of an airmiles/dining rewards offer to spend $30 at qualifying SF restaurant in exchange for 2K United miles. Which are worth visiting?

I haven't been in years, but used to like US Restaurant even in its current location.

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

Don't they serve egg dishes too. Love their carne molida and the fiery, watery green sauce

Sports bar in the Castro? [San Francisco]

I called Harvey's and they said that very likely one of their 5 TV's would be tuned to the game. Go Patriots!

Does anyone know the name of the famous long time seafood restaurant in Boston. I think it is in Fanuiel (sp?) Hall.

Tacos El Ojo de Agua? [San Francisco]

And the atoles. I haven't seen that truck near Fruitvale BART in a long time.

Sports bar in the Castro? [San Francisco]

Now I have to find a spot to watch the Patriots this coming Sunday. I'll be tethered to the Castro Theater so the closer, the better. I only need to see the 2nd half. Of course, if the food is OK, I could eat at the bar.

Slanted Door dilemma [San Francisco]

You could just say you're on a diet, skip lunch and just have a drink or two while your client eats.

Tadich updates? [San Francisco]

I'm thinking they have a good mix of local and tourist customers. It was regular stop when my LA uncle returned to SF with his brood. I remember waiting for what seemed like hours when his youngest son could hide under peoples' coats.

When I lunch there at the counter on Saturdays, there are always out-of-towners.

I still like the sand dabs, petrale and the tartar sauce.

Brown Sugar Kitchen uses quick grits, wholesale vendors [Oakland]

Grammatically speaking wouldn't the organic be an adjective to cheddar cheese and not to grits? Doesn't an adjective apply to the nearest noun?

What to do with leftover roasted elk?

It's after the fact but I had a couple of thick slices left from a roasted elk Christmas Eve dinner.

I ended up making a basic mushroom sauce/gravy and heated up the meat in it. The elk remained tender. My host made chili with his leftovers. What else could I have done with elk?

Jan 07, 2015
chocolatetartguy in Home Cooking

Anchor Oyster Bar question... [San Francisco]

Thanks to Hyperbowler's map of Castro bistros on my post, I identified the Mexican Restaurant as Zapata and the diner as Orphan Andy's.

I do like Zapata's posole, but not the best meal before a movie. The food at Orphan Andy's was quite comforting (meat loaf, chicken fried steak), but the service on the erratic side and off putting.

Anyone been to Aatxe? [San Francisco]

It's a Basque-inspired restaurant mentioned in the Chron's year end review. Any reports?

Any new places in the Castro district? [San Francisco]

The Basque restaurant is named Aatxe.

Any new places in the Castro district? [San Francisco]

You mean the Noir Christmas kickoff? I was there too, but ate jambalaya at a holiday party beforehand.

I read about a new place but wasn't able to google it quickly. It has Basque inspired food and I think it starts with Aa. It was mentioned in one of the end of the year articles in the Chronicle. I believe it is down Market a block or two from Castro.

btw, loved that NC teaser poster: A 2 tiered wedding cake with a figure of the bride on the top tier with a smoking gun and a figure of the prone groom laying on the 2nd tear. Frosted with red blood drops. Titled Save the Date and subtitled Til' Death Do Us part.

Anchor Oyster Bar question... [San Francisco]

Hi Oliver,
We should compare notes on the responses I get to my discussion

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1000904

Please drop by the vintage poster tables in the mezzanine and say hello.

I am looking for recommendations for during the films as I need to be at my post during the intermissions and before the films but from previous years posts, I like Kasa, Rossi's Deli in a pinch and Tartine Bakery if I'm in the mood for their panini-like sandwiches. There is also a Mexican restaurant a couple of blocks from the theater. They have good posole. Also a diner around the corner from the theater serves classic comfort food. I like their chicken soup.

Not sure if this allowed buy you can email me directly at mwong@berkeley.edu to discuss food and films.

Any new places in the Castro district? [San Francisco]

Thanks, I hadn't logged on since b4 Christmas.

My requirements are a bit different from his as I will be working at the Castro and need places to run to while films that I don't want to see are playing. As in the other topic, time is of the essence.

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

I still like the pupusas at Estrellita's stand that sets up at the Alemeny flea market on Sundays. All or almost all have cheese with loroco with the addition of another filling. I found that that my mushroom and cheese pupusa was bland until the addition of her slightly fiery hot sauce. The sauce brings out all the cheesy goodness. I also had the bean/pork/cheese and the cheese alone which was stuffed with cheese.

She had 4 agua frescas including a new one on me: spinach and pineapple. She also had strawberry with chia seeds. For snacks she has yucca and plantano chips which weren't salty enough for my taste. It's great to sit there waiting for your food and hearing Estrellita? patting the masa into delicious, cheesy disks.

Favorite Ice Cream 2014

The seasonal Panforte at Ici. Lots of nuts and candied fruit in a not-to-sweet base. I have a quart and a half stashed in my freezer.

Any new places in the Castro district? [San Francisco]

Hyperbowler, it's time for you to buy tickets for Noir City and time for me to ask for eating recommendations within walking distance of the Castro Theater.

A friend told me about Curry Boys. I'm quite happy going to Kasa. Other than that it looks like Rossi's Deli and a trip to Tartine Bakery unless I hear about someplace new. Mostly need places where I can get something to go or eat in house very quickly.

btw Michelle Polzine of 20th Century Cafe is a frequent attendee at the festival. Maybe she'll bring me a slice of my favorite tart, the one with a layer of chocolate in the pastry.

Crystal Jade, Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

A friend of mine was working there as a waiter from the beginning. He told a tale of too many managers, too many cooks. He was fired along with others in early December, probably not due to any fault of his own. His friend Dr. Kayo told me that someone from Asia may have come in and decided to shake things up.

Recommendation for a moderately priced champagne/sparkling wine? [San Francisco]

I don't buy champagne so don't exactly know what a good bottle of champagne goes for these days. I'd like something toasty with which I can make mimosas with Monterey Market blood orange juice.
Any ideas that I can buy in Berkeley or Oakland?

Looking for the best pie in the Bay Area.

I spoke to Jimmy, the pieman at Avonova Farms, Sunday and he gave me the green light to reveal my favorite fruit pie source at jazzberries@lmi.net

Most Sundays Jimmy can be found out in front of his house near the Temescal Farmers Market selling pies and ice cream made from his backyard fruit and a Frog Hollow CSA. Jimmy's crust is the best: buttery, crispy, not soggy. His fruit is naturally sweet. I've had the peach and pear, both excellent. I love his crust. A superior home style pie and head and shoulders above any pie I have tasted in recent memory. Jimmy constructs his pies and then freezes them. You just thaw it overnight and bake for 45 minutes or so. Nothing like fresh baked pie.

I brought Jimmy's pies to Thanksgiving and a recent dinner party. No request for pies this Christmas, but I bought a pear pie just for myself. This weekend he had apple, pear, pumpkin and mango.

It took me two years to track down Jimmy. I had seen his signs in the Temescal neighborhood advertising raspberries and pies when heading to the farmers market. By the time I finished lunch at the market, the signs (and Jimmy) had disappeared. It wasn't until the third year of my search that I finally found him. Unlike Brigadoon, Jimmy is usually selling every market Sunday at his nearby home.

Bakesale Betty's - Temescal [Oakland]

I spoke to Jimmy, the pieman at Avonova Farms, Sunday and he gave me the green light to reveal my favorite fruit pie source at jazzberries@lmi.net

Most Sundays Jimmy can be found out in front of his house near the Temescal Farmers Market selling pies and ice cream made from his backyard fruit and a Frog Hollow CSA. Jimmy's crust is the best: buttery, crispy, not soggy. His fruit is naturally sweet. I've had the peach and pear, both excellent. I love his crust. A superior home style pie and head and shoulders above any pie I have tasted in recent memory. Jimmy constructs his pies and then freezes them. You just thaw it overnight and bake for 45 minutes or so. Nothing like fresh baked pie.

I brought Jimmy's pies to Thanksgiving and a recent dinner party. No request for pies this Christmas, but I bought a pear pie just for myself. This weekend he had apple, pear, pumpkin and mango.

It took me two years to track down Jimmy. I had seen his signs in the Temescal neighborhood advertising raspberries and pies when heading to the farmers market. By the time I finished lunch at the market, the signs (and Jimmy) had disappeared. It wasn't until the third year of my search that I finally found him. Unlike Brigadoon, Jimmy is usually selling every market Sunday at his nearby home.

establishments that barter for meyer lemons

My neighbor and I found your original post to be fascinating.

My parents had 10 different fruit trees in back and a couple of plum in the front. A neighbor half a block away kept chickens. Around the corner and down a block were horse stables (and a hobo jungle) across from where Bread Workshop was/is. Farms in Berkeley! Forgive my nostalgia.

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$5.89 deli sandwich at Lucca Ravioli Co. (Mission District, San Francisco)

You can get a similar sandwich at Genova Deli in Oakland for only a bit more. My regular order is galantina and mortadella on a whole wheat roll with lettuce, tomato, onion and muffaletta olive spread. The best I can do out here but it saves a trip east to Carmen's or Dinic's.

¡¿#freekevin?! Did Kev act up on the LA board and get banned again?

establishments that barter for meyer lemons

Yes on just giving them away. After my neighbor raved about the lemons and asked to take a couple dozen to make lemon bars, I realized they were the perfect easy gift to take to my host and his guests at an informal Christmas Eve dinner. I finally get some use out of that darn tree.

Several years back my mom's tree started to tip over a little and it was propped up with some large rocks and is now a fruit bearing giant bonsai tree!

?% %? BB is watching! ?% %?

establishments that barter for meyer lemons

My mother's lemon tree continues to bear tons of fruit into its 6th or 7th decade. It was there when we moved to that house in the mid 50's. Just about the only lemons I ever had, so up until recently didn't even realize they were Meyer. Her newish neighbor told me.

Andy and Cindy's Thai food offered to trade lunches for the mint that sprung up in my backyard.

Cozy & quiet near(ish) 7th and Brannan SF [San Francisco]

Not sure about their hours, but Little Skillet isn't too far from there. There is also a cafe in the Flower Market but probably not open then.

When I attend daytime events at the Concourse on 8th and Brannan I usually go to the patisserie that replaced Patisserie Phillipe, which is between 8th and 9th one block south of Brannan.