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Miller's East Coast Deli, San Rafael has closed

Wow. I haven't been in a couple of years and that menu is shocking. It looks like they're trying to be everything to everybody, which we all know just works so well.

Oakland Coliseum (2015) - A's game

Any chow(ish)-worthy options? Any must-avoids on things that seem like they might be good? I haven't been in years.

Jul 02, 2015
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Blue Bottle swallows up Tartine.

I was just talking to the GM of a very popular restaurant that goes through a lot of BB coffee and he was deciding just what replacement would be most well-received.

I can't somehow help but think that Mr. Freeman gets nervous because he is now the spokesmodel for a monster that is now not in his complete control. Note that most stories quote him as "founder?"

Jun 29, 2015
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Drinks before dinner on Fourth Street in Berkeley?

We've stopped by Handlebar a couple of times and really like the space, and the cocktails.

There's also the Sierra Nevada Torpedo room if beer is your thing.

Jun 26, 2015
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Galeto Brazilian steakhouse, Old Oakland

Given your wine review, did you notice if/what the corkage charge is?

Jun 22, 2015
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King Tsin Under New New Management - CV Chef - Berkeley

The active liquor license appears to still be in Albert's corp name.

Jun 19, 2015
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King Tsin Under New New Management - CV Chef - Berkeley

I thought there was an aborted sale (or one where the original owner took it back after the "new ownership" period), because I remember "new ownership (or management)" signs, then a "back under original" sign, and then recently, the new sign.

Jun 18, 2015
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Blue Bottle swallows up Tartine.

"Scale without losing identity" is getting to be completely without credibility, especially with the coming $70M infusion. http://www.businessinsider.com/what-b...

Jun 06, 2015
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If you ever end up at The Stinking Rose ... [San Francisco]

Alas, you didn't order a sizzling platter of mussels!

Jun 04, 2015
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Brazil Cafe = best sandwich in Berkeley?

Disagree. My experiences haven't been RL-like, but they haven't been anything close to the "best sandwich in Berkeley." I've eaten at the old Shattuck location (once), the new University location (take out and dine in) and the Biergarten. My University take out food had quite a number of bone splinters in the beef. I have tried a variety of menu items. It certainly isn't a place that I would avoid, but it isn't at the top of my craving list.

Jun 04, 2015
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some changes at Saul's Deli [Berkeley]

How was the texture of the chopped liver? More chopped, or more pate-ish?

May 30, 2015
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Chez Panisse $75/$100/$125

I just noticed this yesterday. I sense we're going to be seeing a lot more of this. However, the 25% weekend jump, all at once, when service remains a separate item, surprised me.

May 21, 2015
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New VN Restaurant coming to Sizzler, Albany.

I can't imagine this location doing well at all if it isn't open later.

Apr 29, 2015
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New VN Restaurant coming to Sizzler, Albany.

Looks like http://www.phoaosen.com/ is opening another location. I've never eaten there nor have heard anything about it. I saw a new liquor license app up in the window and looked up the address.

http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...

Blue Bottle swallows up Tartine.

I don't think Freeman has much to do with the day to day ops anymore, and don't even know if he has control of the company.

Whatever ends up happening, this (and Philz) will end up being interesting case studies in what happens when someone has a business dream, and big investors with play money "buy" the enterprise and treat it like a marionette.

Nevertheless, the simple fact is that BB and any other "small" specialty roaster is only going to be able to source and QC a certain quantity of particular beans before the sourcing and QC starts to go down the proverbial toilet.

Even Alice Waters had enough of them, and the short-lived BB on her menu is no more. What is also most ironic is that a company with this reputation has the ability to spend all this play money to expand around the world, but not pay its Oakland production crew a living wage.

Apr 25, 2015
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Ferry Building Surprise/Sinbad's [San Francisco]

Sounds like they think they have an oyster farm :o

Apr 24, 2015
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Chef Sophina Uong currently at Revival/Berkeley

We ate there on Easter Sunday and had a thoroughly delicious dinner.

Apr 10, 2015
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Moving to North/East Bay

For home cooking, eating out, and schools, and keeping the kids away from snooty, Albany is probably tops. For commuting, Albany isn't bad, because not only is there BART, there are the AC Transit Transbay express buses, which if you are going at actual commute hours, can be better than BART. I've lived less than 2 blocks from Albany for 9 years now, and the every-increasing abundance of things to eat and drink (except for late night) is almost embarrassing for anyone that visits from elsewhere. Even on Sunday, the only time I'd ever end up in Andronico's or Safeway, I can now go to Monterey Market (or Whole Foods if absolutely necessary). There are far worse things in life than having Tokyo Fish as one's neighborhood "I only need a thing or two" grocery store, or Acme as the "we're out of bread" default.

The Punchdown - Oakland "natural" wine bar

Great news.

Mar 07, 2015
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Is Philz Coffee That Good?

Is it good? Si

Is it "that good?" No

Feb 28, 2015
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Berkeley: Current favorites for flavors and ambience?

Agreed. We've been a couple of times and have thoroughly enjoyed our meals, and it is an easy place to carry a conversation.

Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

I have bought goat chops at Local Butcher - it has been awhile since I've been in, so I don't know if it a regular item.

Jan 26, 2015
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Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

The Nepali restaurants that I go to in Berkeley/Albany either all have goat on the menu or as a "special" most of the time -
Aangan (San Pablo)
Himalayan Flavors (University) - closed for a short renovation until next week
Everest Cafe (Solano) - name and I believe partial ownership change going on.

By the way, are you sure the birria mentioned above isn't lamb all or some of the time?

Jan 24, 2015
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Cozy, quiet, comfortable place with good pizza in Berkeley-Oakland area?

That was my first thought, although I haven't been in awhile. How is the pizza (and food in general) holding up at Nizza la Bella?

Jan 24, 2015
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Graduation Dinner in Berkeley/Oakland

Revival looks like they have a small private room back past the bar. I've never had a full meal there but we've enjoyed our drinks/wine and bar snacks.

Jan 18, 2015
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New Japanese place coming to old Zaki space - Albany

Since Banzai closed, we don't have a homey sushi place that we really like nearby. As much as I love TFM, the sushi counter isn't my favorite (the stuff pre-made). I frequently buy sashimi for plates at home. It doesn't look like this will foot the bill, either (i.e., homey sushi place) but hopefully it will be ok enough for the occasional take out. Perhaps some others here have experience dining in one of Yo Sushi's other locations.

Jan 16, 2015
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New Japanese place coming to old Zaki space - Albany

Looks to be a branch of this:
http://www.getyosushi.com/index-4.html

Jan 16, 2015
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New Japanese place coming to old Zaki space - Albany

Saw a 'coming soon' sign - no ABC liquor license app for the address.

Jan 15, 2015
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Abbot's Cellar closing [San Francisco]

If there is any debt service on the build outs and liquor licenses, it is almost impossible to charge enough to make it. Also, for places with full liquor licenses that might be struggling, they can continue to struggle (and often end up with SBE, IRS, etc. issues) or clear in excess of $200K and walk away.

Jan 05, 2015
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Brown Sugar Kitchen uses quick grits, wholesale vendors [Oakland]

This reminds me of the
Let's eat Grandma v. Let's eat, Grandma.

That item certainly needs an asterisk, or a better esplaining.

Jan 05, 2015
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