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Gut Reaction - Drinks after work in Oakland

We did Ordinaire and The Alley. Next time Longitude. Thanks for the gut reactions!

about 2 hours ago
The Dive in San Francisco Bay Area

Gut Reaction - Drinks after work in Oakland

Just need some new ideas for a good place for drinks (beer, wine or cocktails all okay) after work in Oakland today. Want some snacks, but prefer more of a bar than a restaurant. I know many places ... just curious what the gut response would be.

about 21 hours ago
The Dive in San Francisco Bay Area

Downtown Oakland Lunch Spots [split from Stag's Lunchette thread]

I notice that Camber is opening a branch in Montclair.

East Bay BBQ

I really like the ribs at Slow Hand.

Family gathering in Berkeley: restaurant and caterer ideas, please

I second Comal -- we had a good large family dinner in June that worked great.

Dock at Linden Street [Oakland]

Can I repeat how much I love the Dock? It is my favorite Syhabout place (and I am fan). On Friday, we had:

- Hawker Fare's peanuts (good as always)
- Caesar Popcorn (lemony and good, could be fishier for my taste)
- Corndogs with linguica (great with beer)
- Oyster shooters (my favorite of the night -- in a michelada)
- Soft-shell crab poboys (great fry on them)
- Duck confit toasts (fine)
- roasted corn on the cob with miso butter (which is what I am going to do at home from now on)
- tuna poke with taro strips (solid)
- crispy potatoes with aoli and bottarga (needed more dip)
- poached eggs Bordelaise (super rich)
- Oakland tan sundae (good as always)
- pot de creme (tasty)

Ha, I just realized I basically ate the Michael Bauer's review.

Had a good Tahoe Mountain saison to start (they are a great brewery and worth checking out whenever you see them on a list). Also had a Linden Street bier tartine and a rauchbier, that paired well.

Just go now.

The Half Orange [Oakland]

I enjoyed my visits to the Linkery in San Diego and am looking forward to trying Porter's places here.

Oakland CSA rec

Another vote for Full Belly. I switched to them a few years ago after several lackluster and annoying years with Capay Farms. So much better.

What worked and didn't work about Chowhound

A few things to think about:

Eliminating Anonymity - I think the idea that it is a cure-all is unrealistically idealistic (but I was annoyed by the book "The Circle") and may be problematic for those in professional fields that prefer/require a limited online presence. Perhaps could work for a truly "closed" site.

Posting length - Is it possible to experiment with a maximum posting length? I have been getting "prose fatigue" lately from some overly descriptive postings...

Mixed topics? - sometimes I would like to post for an idea for dinner based on something I picked up at the farmers' market. I know that is the supposed to be home cooking, but it often makes more sense for it to SF Board because of the unique items/seasons/etc.

Aug 20, 2014
The Dive in Site Talk


Absinthe would work well.

Need Serious Help - Party of 10 for Tomorrow Night

Based on Opentable availability, Ame or Lulu would probably work. I have had large business dinners at both.

Mochi at Yuen Hop (Oakland Chinatown)

Definitely runs out -- all mochi gone yesterday at 1 p.m.

Fresh lo mein noodles in Oakland/Berkeley - where to buy?

Another vote for Yuen Hop. Great selection and good quality too.

Pork or Chicken Buns for Tonight - Oakland Chinatown

Had the Tian Jin buns today -- really liked them. Light and flavorful. And less bready. Another great find!

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.

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.

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

Soft-serve ice cream

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.

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.

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.

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.

Restaurant with Private Room for 15 (Financial District) [San Francisco]

Upstairs at Town Hall may work as well.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Steak tartare

I really like the Cafe Claude version.

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.