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Any good cheap souvlaki in SF proper?

Doesn't that Middle Eastern deli on Telegraph across from Pill Hill make their own pita? I remember it as being pillowy and especially good. Do they have souvlaki too? I'm sure someone can fill in the name on which I have blanked out.

Oasis?

Apr 18, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

How do you eat your grapefruit?

I peel the grapefruit like an orange and eat the segments, membrane and all (not the seeds!). I have been eating Texas grapefruit as long as I can remember. They are still available at Monterey Market in Berkeley as of Sunday.

Apr 16, 2014
chocolatetartguy in General Topics

Earliest Authentic Chinese Restaurant Outside of SF City Limits?

Not sure if this is to the point, but I remember eating at Fu Lu Shou (sp?), a Northern Chinese place at the old Great China location on Kittredge in Berkeley, in the mid 70's. Also from that period China Station for classic Cantonese in the building that now houses Brennan's.

Apr 15, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet -- April 2014

Berkeley had the Fiscalini Chipotle cheddar. It was sharp as expected but the pepper overwhelmed it.

Apr 09, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Best pizza in the East Bay

I used to live near Lo Coco's too and I still like there combination pie because it is loaded with toppings and the crust is often blistered. It seems like a real meal.

My favorite is Gioia. I mostly get slices and they are mostly very good.

Apr 03, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Great China (Berkeley) still great

Due to the rain Monday, at about 2 there were very few people in the place. I walked in and they finished preparing my beef chow mein in the time it took me to eat a bowl of soup.

Apr 01, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Great China (Berkeley) still great

I have noticed several times that lunchtime on Wednesdays, the day after they are closed, isn't that crowded after 1:30 or so. Most days, even by 2, it is packed.

Mar 20, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Chengdu (Szechuan restaurant) near UC Berkeley

I had to run an errand up near campus, so stopped off to check out the steam table. By 2 pm it was almost empty, but I cobbled together a lunch of small servings of several dishes for which they charged me 6.95.

The Ma Po tofu was very good with a good peppercorn bite to the thin sauce. It had a little ground pork and pieces of leek. Shredded pork with garlic sauce and some sort of shredded black tree ears? had a sweet, slightly bitter taste but was tasty enough. Green beans were still crispy, but almost too salty. The egg flower soup tasted fine, but the neon yellow color put me off.

I'd return again if I was nearby, but with Great China open again, no reason to trek up to Telegraph for Chinese food..

Mar 11, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Sliver PIzzeria and other new pizza places in Berkeley

Sounds to me like they are just trying to co-opt the left to benefit their business. I have gotten a slice there many times and I never heard any of that balderdash. It makes me wonder if I want to support a business that makes such pizza pie-in-the-sky claims.

I love the Cheeseboard, but I like Sliver's pizza more than Cheeseboard's (which I never really warmed to). If you want to support progressive politics, then Cheeseboard should win hands down. Given the choice, I would rather go to Gioia.

Mar 07, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Anything at all in east Contra Costa County...

There is a Vietnamese restaurant in Antioch that is run by Richard, who used to work at La Petite Cheval, and his ex?-wife. Don't know the name, but it would have the LPC provenance.

Mar 06, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Why do people go to All-You-Can-Eat Buffets?

I stayed at a Hampton's Inn in Indianapolis a few years ago. I caught a cold mid trip and their breakfast buffet was a godsend. I was able to stock my room refrigerator with juice, fruit and cereal. The food was good enough given the variety and cost.

Mar 06, 2014
chocolatetartguy in General Topics

Anyone attend the Brick & Mortar show catered by New Orleans' Jacques-Imo's?

From SF Eater. I knew about it beforehand but got caught up at work.

THE MISSION/UPTOWN OAKLAND—Fans of NOLA's iconic Jacques-Imo's should take note that the restaurant will be returning this week for its annual pop-up, serving two nights (Thursday, Saturday) at Brick & Mortar and one night at The New Parish (Friday) while musical supergroup New Orleans Suspects jam onstage. [EaterWire]

Feb 27, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch near the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale

If you assign a higher priority to shopping than to eating, the closest reasonable option is preferable. Time is of the essence at the WES. I like the El Novillo truck. What happened to El Ojo...? Their truck wasn't there last Saturday.

Feb 19, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch near the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale

Even better is the lot in the shopping center midway between BART and the warehouse. Plenty of secure parking and if you're hungry, a Popeye's and a Boston Market. I used to get a Whopper Jr., but BK closed. It is easy walking distance to the warehouse.

You'd be better off going on Saturday, although Sunday is a big sale day in many departments. Better yet, go to the Preview Sale, get 1st crack and help out the museum with your $15 admission.

Feb 18, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch near the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale

We seem to be frequenting the same events.

This year at the preview sale, there were 2 hot dog carts, a stand with corn dogs and other delicacies, a coffee cart and something else?. The Tamale Queen used to set up outside, but not for the last 2 years. I think there was someone else there last year with tamales, but not at this year's preview.

Me, I always drive up to the El Novillo taco truck near the BART station after I finish shopping.

Feb 18, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Shrimp and Grits - SF Dish of the Month January 2014

I've only been to Little Skillet on Saturdays. I first had the shrimp and grits one day when they were out of my 1st choice. I liked them a lot. The grits were creamy and buttery and the shrimp fresh-tasting. I don't recall any sauce. I've had them a couple of times since and was satisfied each time. Luck of the draw?

Feb 11, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Anything new in the Castro, SF?

We could have a chowdown with all black food: pasta in squid ink, Black Krim tomatoes.

Jan 21, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Anything new in the Castro, SF?

Hyperbowler,
Yes, it's time to buy tickets! :) If you have a mind to, come upstairs to the mezzanine and introduce yourself. I'm at the movie poster table.

The last two years I went down to Tartine late afternoon on the weekends and, much to my surprise, there was little wait.

Jan 21, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Anything new in the Castro, SF?

For lunch and early dinners. To go is a plus. Must be within easy walking distance of the Castro Theater. Tartine Bakery is at the outside edge of my range.

Right now planning Tartine, Kasa, Pancho Villa Taqueria, Rossi's Deli.

How is Mama Ji's? What about the deli counters at BiRite and Molly Stone?

Jan 21, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

East coast Italian-American at St. Vincent [San Francisco]

How would you characterize East Coast Italian? Would that be something like you would have gotten at La Grotta Azzura in NYC Little Italy?

Jan 13, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Great China (Berkeley) still great

One of the sons told me Saturday, that it would be Mondays that they would be closing next week. Your email must be an update on that issue.

While trying to meet an hellacious project deadline this month, I have now eaten lunch to go from Great China 7 days. I've had chicken curry extra spicy once each of the last 3 weeks. It was excellent every time and exactly the same as it used to be. I had beef chow mein Saturday and it was richer than I remembered. If it wasn't for those lunches, not sure how I would have approached meeting my deadline.

Dec 30, 2013
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Great China (Berkeley) still great

I walked in just before 2, ordered Ginger Scallion Prawns to go, sat down to read the paper and was out the door just after I started a 2nd section. With the increased space and larger tables, they do have more large groups. Maybe that is affecting service. Working this week under deadline pressure and their lunches have kept me going. At 2, the place was 2/3's full with no wait.

Dec 27, 2013
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Great China (Berkeley) still great

I took out lunch again today. I had never had their eggplant chicken and it was very good.

It does seem that the demand at lunch is taxing the kitchen. At 2, they were suspending takeout and quoting a 20 minute wait. Too much of a good thing? This is, after all, a soft opening. They are entitled to take some time to iron out the wrinkles before the students come back.

I'll be working next week and living over there at lunchtime! So glad they are back!

Dec 19, 2013
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Great China (Berkeley) still great

I've had the chicken curry (more spicy) and the ma po tofu for lunch the last 2 days and both were as I remember and excellent.

Price for lunch has gone up a dollar and they have been very busy until 2 or so.

Dec 18, 2013
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Great China 2.0 - Berkeley

I poked my head in the door yesterday on my way to lunch. The fellow doing some interior painting said that they hoped to open this weekend.

It looks finished and has a sleek, modern (not necessarily better) look. There appear to be some communal tables.

Dec 12, 2013
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Turkey Tails (yes, just tails)

I bought turkey tails last year at Andronico's on Shattuck. I would guess that Magnani Poultry would have some. If you want to buy already roasted ones, try Brennan's in Berkeley.

There is nothing unhealthy about being obsessed with the last part that goes over the fence.

Dec 12, 2013
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area
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Pie - SF Dish of the Month October 2013

I foolishly failed to order ahead for Thanksgiving. After a fruitless stop at Crixa looking for a pear rose pie, I ended up at Sweet Adeline where I bought what turned out to be one of the best pecan pies I have ever had.

It had a lighter sweetness that the traditonal molassasy filling. It was cleaner, maybe honeyed. The crust was crispy and flaky. I am not a pecan pie person, but this pie was outstanding. I also recently had a slice of their quince pie and didn't care for it as the filling was not sweet enough.

Dec 04, 2013
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet To Open On Geary@28th Avenue!?!

It's a treasure hunt. Sometimes you find a nugget, sometimes you find fool's gold.

Nov 20, 2013
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Dishes you can only get on one day of the week

The turkey a la king is a good, simple comfort food fix and I have it fairly often, being that Brennan's is very close to my house and that I'm not a big fan of their sliced meat platters. Many, big chunks of dark and white meat turkey and peas in a rich, but a little too salty, white sauce over your choice of white or brown rice, mashed potatoes or boiled red potatoes.

Years ago they used to have ox tails. Where else can you get a turkey tail or a huge turkey neck?

Nov 05, 2013
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

CA Dungeness crab season (recreational) began 11/2, commercial starts 11/15, good catch expected

Tom Stienstra's column in the Chronicle sports page yesterday reported very good catches last weekend.

Nov 05, 2013
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area