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Special occasion vegetarian friendly restaurant in the East Bay?

It may not be special occasion enough, but Duende would likely work with your other requirements.

about 23 hours ago
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Your go-to delivery for dinner in Oakland/Berkeley?

Thanks for the recommendations. SpoonRocket never seemed my style - the menu always reads more like what I would cook at home, but I will take a look at the suggestions. Just curious about what others in my area with similar tastes do when delivery is necessary.

Jul 28, 2014
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SFBA Dish of the Month (Aug 2014) - Nominations/Voting

Soft-serve ice cream

Jul 28, 2014
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Your go-to delivery for dinner in Oakland/Berkeley?

Sometimes going out to eat or even pick up is just too much and we need dinner delivered. But I feel like my delivery resources are stale and/or not good (basically, I have pizza from Lanesplitter or Rustica, or pretty mediocre, if lucky, Chinese from Silver Palace). I used to do a delivery service to get Holy Land on College, but that's no more. Just curious to hear what others do to get some ideas.

Jul 26, 2014
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Oakland (Temescal): Barlata ... or ... B44 East

We stopped by Barlata on Friday for what was meant to be a quick bite, but ended up as a greatest hits good-bye meal. The pulpos lattta (octupus) was perhaps a little chewy, but still delicious and will be missed. Best of the night were the gambas ajillo, morcilla with white beans, the arros negre. The patatas brava and tortilla (spinach) also good. I didn't love the mussels because the tarragon felt out of place to me, but they were well cooked.

Our waiter said they will be open until the first couple of days of August. Might have to stop in again. They were packed on Friday night.

Ugh, I don't need another burger place -- I need more tapas.

Jul 21, 2014
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Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Of course not, that was their job. My point is that this was a political decision, not environmental. DOI had discretion to extend the lease or not, which made it difficult to challenge the decision in court. Almost any evidentiary support in the record for the DOI's decision would be sufficient to have it upheld. It was an uphill battle for Lunny.

Jul 21, 2014
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Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Under the Wilderness Act, commercial uses deemed necessary to effect the purposes of the Wilderness Act are allowed. This means that, depending upon the decision-maker, the renting of recreational motor boat use can be allowed if the appropriate finding it made, even if environmentally detrimental. The same goes for the use of pack animals in the high sierras, which can be damaging to alpine meadows, etc. The problem with the Wilderness Act is that there are enough exceptions and wiggle room for DOI or the NPS to exempt uses that it there is not a lot consistency place to place. Oyster farming is not a commercial use to the extent necessary for a Wilderness Act purpose, but the area is not wilderness, but potential wilderness and the DOI could have extended the lease. The process is more political than environmental.

Jul 19, 2014
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Restaurant with Private Room for 15 (Financial District)

Upstairs at Town Hall may work as well.

Jul 18, 2014
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Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

The contractual issues are bit more complicated than that. The wilderness area was formed when the U.S. government purchased properties from owners. There is a legislative record that the intent was to have the lands remain "working" to the extent consistent with wilderness uses, such as grazing and oyster farming. This was the understanding of the Lunny's when they purchased the lease to help out Johnson (who was having trouble maintaining standards). Politics and emotions have since gotten in the way.

Jul 18, 2014
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New Korean takeout in Oakland - EM Deli

I grabbed some spicy pork and japchae for lunch today. Tasty and too much food -- esp. because the panchan is good too. Very nice staff too.

Jul 16, 2014
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Replacements for retired favorites?

I often make the trout BLT from Sea Salt at home too - another favorite sandwich from the heyday of Sea Salt. MIss that place.

Jul 16, 2014
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Best Paella in San Francisco/Oakland?

Tried Venga Paella two nights ago. I think it is decent, neighborhood fare; Barlata and Duende are both better, but almost a different class. The squid ink version was very good (we had his paella at an event at Fairyland and it had more crispy edges then). The traditional was smokier, but still good flavor. As mentioned, it was less protein, but felt more homestyle. All of the special paellas were gone (probably becuase they were open all day for World Cup). The tapas were so-so ... except for the blood sausage - excellent!

Jul 11, 2014
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Ny'ers 1st time itinerary. Feedback welcomed

I think Sierra Nevada is a great targeted tasting stop -- go for the two or three that aren't available outside of the tasting room and then go somewhere else. Rare Barrel is almost not a tasting room, but a brief stop to showcase what is available right now. They make great sours, but don't have a full docket of beers yet.

Right now in the near East Bay, outside of Drake's, for tasting at the brewing source, I would probably recommend just Triple Rock. They have really stepped up their game and have an interesting variety right now. But this is really a discussion for a separate thread, as I wouldn't tell OP to go to any of these places in the East Bay for this trip.

Jul 09, 2014
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Plum > Ume [Oakland]

Luke Tsai has a great review for Ume in the EBE that really captures the new menu. Didn't like the reference to the half-empty room, tho. Seriously, go -- I loved my meal and will be back soon.

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland...

Jul 09, 2014
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Steak tartare

I really like the Cafe Claude version.

Jul 09, 2014
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Scream sorbet going out of business??!!!

When do they tend to sell out by? I was just saying the other day at Brotzeit while eating a piece of bread -- why can't I get this at home? Perfect.

Jul 09, 2014
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Ny'ers 1st time itinerary. Feedback welcomed

Hate to say this, because of the vitriol directed at every comment below that starts with “I think SF does ____ better”, but I do think the Bay Area beer scene is better than NYC. A few short thoughts (which aren’t even the tip of the iceberg for the scene).

Since you mentioned beer and Abbott’s Cellar, I think Abbott’s is fine – a wonderful beer list and fun place, but I don’t find the food to be that interesting. Rather, I would pick St. Vincent as a good “beer and stellar dining” pick for dinner. You can always hit Abbott’s as well for a beer before or after (or go to its more casual sister establishment, Monk’s Kettle).

St. Vincent has well-curated draft selections from very good, smaller-batch local brewers (Moonlight, Craftsman, Almanac, Pacific Brew Labs, etc.) but the bottle list is global; Monk’s and Abbott’s lists are more expansive and you’ll see beers from your side of the country, along with good west coast and global selections.

St. Vincent should give you a good selection of local beers, but if you are beer geeks and are seeking a true West Coast IPA experience in a dive bar setting, then you probably should stop at Toronado. The list always has some non-IPA, non-California beers, but the reason to go is for the bar’s close relationship to Russian River Brewing. And if they have any of the “-ation” belgian-style beers (Consecration!), get that.

And talking about close relationships, there is none closer than the folks behind Mikkeller Bar. For beer geeks, Mikkeller has long had a cult following and Mikkeller Bar, opened with the owner behind Oakland’s Trappist (another great beer destination, but it sounds like you are sticking to one side of the Bay), is the country’s only Mikkeller establishment. 40 taps, tons of Mikkeller (if you know his style of brewing at all, it is all over the map, with lots of experimentation and few repeats) and other beers from the best breweries around (including some great local-ish ones that the Trappist has developed good relations … look for Tahoe Mountain in particular). This is a high-tech beer operation, served in the proper glass, at the proper temperature and in pristine tap conditions. And the food is good too, but more casual than St. Vincent’s menu.

Jul 09, 2014
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One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

I much prefer Burmese Kitchen over Burma Superstar.

Jul 09, 2014
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Mixed Grain -- Korean in Walnut Creek

Ha! I think I agree with you that the soft tofu was of mid-level spiciness (and no where near our threshold) -- our five year was able to eat some of it, but she likes spice. I was more surprised that it had an actual spice level to it.

Jul 09, 2014
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Where to eat on Webster St in Alameda other than Otaez or East Ocean?

Mint Leaf worked well last night - as you said, very fresh and light, healthy even. Slightly bland, but will get hot sauce next time. Thanks for the tip.

Jul 09, 2014
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Mixed Grain -- Korean in Walnut Creek

We had a really good lunch at Bowl'd BBQ recently. We had the spicy ramen with pork and the soft tofu stew, spicy, and they were both spicy! I am okay with the KFC, but I agree it was vinegar-y. Loved the seafood pancake and hot sauce.

Jul 08, 2014
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Where to eat on Webster St in Alameda other than Otaez or East Ocean?

Any update on this thread? Need to find a place near Webster tonight for quick eat-in or take-out.

Jul 08, 2014
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Scream sorbet going out of business??!!!

You can get Firebrand at WF in Oakland!?

Jul 08, 2014
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San Francisco 4 day, 3 night trip - Wine is important!

I second St. Vincent.

Jul 07, 2014
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Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

Although not eaten in July, I recently had the B&G at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. These had the opposite issue of Aunt Mary's -- the gravy, although a little light on the sausage and perhaps too cream-based, was rich and excellent. Almost my ideal (noting the caveats). The biscuits were a little too tough for my taste, but taken together, it was a very nice brunch. I did not have the egg on top - I am anti-egg and they don't belong on B&G anyway.

Jul 01, 2014
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Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

The biscuits and gravy at Aunt Mary's is my go-to order there. I think the biscuits are very good -- flaky and flavorful. The gravy is good, but not my ideal -- I find the housemade sausage has a slight bitterness that feels out of place in the dish. Plus, I can't decide if the sausage has too much sage or not enough. Overall, I like it, but I always feel a little bad about the expense of calories afterward because it doesn't live up to what I think B&G should be.

Jul 01, 2014
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SF Dish of the Month (July 2014) - Nominations/Voting

Hot Dogs

Jun 27, 2014
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Oakland (Temescal): Barlata ... or ... B44 East

That is terrible news. That octopus is the best around. Plus it was just so nice to have a good spanish place to drop by, in true tapas style.

Jun 26, 2014
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One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

Perhaps I am in the minority, but Quince is not high on my list of high-end places that I need to return. The meal was very good, the pasta well-made and the wines interesting, but nothing was particularly special to me and the room felt corporate.

To me, places like Coi feel more unique and San Francisco.

Jun 26, 2014
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Hog's Apothecary (Oakland - Mosswood)

Had another good meal at Hog's Apothecary last night. This time we veered away from the mains (which I have felt have sometimes not lived up to descriptions or price points....Or I just don't like their version of fried chicken). Here's the run-down:

Pretzel for two with housemade mustard and chees sauce -- warm, tasty ... I probably like this better than the one at Brotzeit, but only becuase it is warm

Padron Pepper with lemon and salt - good rendition.

Grilled "caesar" salad with crushed favas - really liked this dish. Smoky romaine, good anchovy flavor

Smoky eggplant and melon - this was a very interesting dish. The eggplant were chewy and smoky, almost meat-like. Not sure it melded well with the melon, but interesting nonetheless

Creamed brentwood corn - rich and sweet. Could have been a dessert almost

Hot dog and chips - Hog's really makes a good hot dog -- super smoky. And those lard chips are spetacular.

The beer list is always a draw, with hard to find regional picks. The Craftsman Sour Grapes is a fantastic sour. Also enjoyed the Cellarmaker/Voodoo collab imperial IPA.

Overall, I enjoyed the fact that we could have an almost-meat-free meal of fine-dining-level vegetables with top-notch beer in Oakland. But, I do think the price points are a little high. I give a lot of leeway to the Trappist group for the pricing of its beer because of hte glassware, curation, etc., and I suppose I need to do the same for Hog's (although $12 for a beer is high, which is what the Sour Grapes ran ... but it is an extremely good and rare beer). But $7 for the hot dog is great, so there.

Jun 26, 2014
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