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Tony's Pizza - the St. Louis Style [San Francisco]

It is not provel. The crust is right, but the cheese is a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar or jack. The sauce is not quite right either ... not sweet enough. But the crust is fine.

The Advocate - Berkeley (Elmwood)

The site is zoned Commercial Elmwood. The City made the required findings for approving a restaurant there. The CEQA lawsuit was mostly about parking and alcohol consumption, and was settled.

Recommendations for Kid-Friendly Beer Places and Other Ideas for Short Trip

Thanks for the Chuck's Hop Shop recommendation -- it was perfect and a great find (not something we have in the bay area). We also checked out Fremont Brewing, which was very family-friendly. Next time, I need to actually plan out a good place at Pike Place.

Jul 21, 2015
The Dive in Greater Seattle

Recommendations for Kid-Friendly Beer Places and Other Ideas for Short Trip

I am looking for some advice on a quick trip to Seattle with two kids (4 and 6). A few specifics:

- General area: staying in Capitol Hill area, but will be going up to Green Lake too. Also, need a place for lunch after getting in at the airport, heading up to Capitol Hill/Madison Park area … don’t mind going out of the way though, just not the opposite direction.
- Foremost, we are looking for some good brew pubs or other good beer/food combo places in which we can get some local beers and not feel awkward about having the kiddos around. Ideally, I would like not to be eating pub food the whole time, so any places that have stellar food with a solid local beer list would be great too. Also would like to hear of any particularly good bottle shops to pick up local stuff to have in the evening.
- Also, one lunch near Pike’s Place on a Monday. This is for the kids, but I would like something tasty.
- Any other “treat” like places I should know about to appease kids and adults alike?

Jul 14, 2015
The Dive in Greater Seattle

Dock at Linden Street [Oakland]

Had a great dinner on Saturday -- still one of my favorite places. Highlights for me were the polenta with brentwood corn and uni, and the foie gras mousse with five spice powder and milk buns (sweet and donut like - really a great foie gras dessert). Sad that they don't have Hawker Fare's peanuts anymore as a snack, but the cesar popcorn remains a great beer snack.

Treat your self in Berkeley/Oakland, near the Claremont Hotel

My choice would be the bar at Wood Tavern.

Gut Reaction - Solo Dinner at the Bar in Oakland Tonight

Where would you go tonight in Oakland to eat dinner at the bar?

Extensive food advice required - let's get this party started!

I agree re Bar Crudo, but the beer list is very well curated -- could be a good match.

Casa Cubana replaces Vo's in Oakland

I didn't know that it was the same guy -- we need to go. La Taza de Cafe was one of my favorite places to just hang-out.

Firebrand Brick Oven Bakery [Oakland]

That's great news - I love their products. BTW, I noticed that Brotzeit was no longer using them for pretzels and bread. Too bad.

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

CARNITAS

Tony's Pizza - the St. Louis Style [San Francisco]

I have to agree - I am still stunned that any non-STL would order it outside of Missouri.

I think the amount of toppings is somewhat correct. My favorite in STL would a deluxe or combo, with extremely thinly sliced onions, peppers, mushroom and meats, that kind of meld into the provel to form a single layer out to the edge. I don't think the thin crust can handle volume, but definitely variety.

That said, a nice sausage with good amount of fennel seed is my ideal. Tony's is pretty great. I liked it better than another STL style place, Frasher's, in Phoenix (about to close, because who really wants STL pizza?!)

Potstickers : SFBA Dish of the Month May 2015

Got the potstickers at Chu in Rockridge last week. Good, juicy filling and nicely browned bottoms, but the skins were too tough.

Tony's Pizza - the St. Louis Style [San Francisco]

Saw that - will have to see if it is the right cheese.

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

Rotten City is my favorite. Great for slices, and I like to bring pies home (unfortunately I am just a hair outside their delivery zone).

KronnerBurger - Oakland

It always looked painted to me.

Plum Bar - Oakland

Stopped by yesterday and had one of the best chilled pea soups ever. Beautiful fresh sweet pea flavor, topic with a coconut foam and a warm crispy pea fritter. It is great to have such high-end food in a bar setting. But it made me miss the old Plum.

Umami Burger in Oakland [split thread]

I stopped by yesterday and got two original umami burgers to go, plus truffle fries. First of all, the upcharge for the truffle fries was a waste because they just gave me regular skinny fries (which I didn't realized until I came home). I was curious about what the umami burger would be like and I guess I am no longer curious. I just didn't like it. It was perfectly medium-rare, but the toppings did nothing for me. So, I guess I did that.

Potstickers : SFBA Dish of the Month May 2015

I have panfried my already boiled dumplings from Tian Jin to good effect.

To go in Rockridge?

Southie could work (no pizza, but good sandwiches and salads, easily made to go). If you want closer to BART, maybe Market Hall would work. They have pizzas in the bakery section; the Past Shop has salads, sandwiches, etc.

Summer Kitchen is Elmwood.

Thai Noodle represents sugary, flavorless Americanized Thai food at its worst [Berkeley]

Stopped by around 1 a.m. on Saturday and was pleasantly surprised by our take-out order of pad see ew and lamb satay. Solid, full-flavored, with great service. Good late night stop.

Khao-man-gai in San Francisco?

I am a fan of the version at Hawker fare (Oakland). Yes, the chicken and rice can be a little mild, but if you eat the dish alone (without other, stronger flavored dishes), the flavors really stand out. The sauce is fantastic too.

Perdition Smokehouse (downtown Berkeley)

I have been meaning to mention that Perdition has the best snickerdoodle cookie I have ever had.

Oakland - Tian Jin Dumplings

I wanted to mention that Tian Jin has all of their dumplings available for take-out, hot, now. Had the beef and carrot today - so great!

Berkeley / Oakland restaurant delivery through Caviar

I have been using them quite a bit. Buma's doesn't deliver to me, but Caviar does and I love their pies. Also, Plum Bar's burger and fries have traveled great, as well as Hawker's Fare and Bowl'd BBQ.

Buma's (former Marrow, Oakland)

We got a special combo and cheese pizza delivered on Saturday. Excellent. We especially loved the special combo, mostly because the peppers and mushrooms were thinly sliced and cooked through (not as common as one would hope for combos). I think I might like Rotten City more, but it is close.

Frozen custard goodness in a cone or cup at Velvet Scoop [ Mission District, San Francisco ]

Oh, I like the Ted Drewes reference. I need to check it out.

New "Jules thin crust Pizza" next to Zachary's in Oakland...WTF?

I like it well enough too. They work well for parties (particularly the large ones - really long!) because you cut them into strips.

Parochial Question: Condensed Milk Squeeze Bottle

The Rockridge TJ's has it.

Double Standard, Oakland

I thought the cocktail I had was of good quality, but the interior felt too new, almost a suburban motel vibe (and not in an ironic cool way). But it was empty and early when I stopped by, so it might have been the timing. The back patio looks fantastic. It will be a good addition to the block.