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Oakland (Adam's Pt, Lakeshore) Birthday Dinner Rec?

What did you pick?

Mustards Grill: My Theory [Napa]

It definitely reads (and is) a greatest hits menu. It really doesn't look that different from when I went there for the first time in 1994/1995. I remember having thinly shaved onion rings and thinking that they were a revelation!

We have popped into the bar at Mustards on occasion over the years. For interested visitors, that is what I typically recommend rather than devoting a meal there. I think there is more interesting and exciting food around, but I think part of its appeal is its accessibility and heartiness ... good for soaking up wine from an afternoon of tasting.

Shishitos at Skool

I bought two containers (one padron, one shishito) last week from Happy Boy Farms at the Temescal farmers markets to do a taste test. Nearly 50% of the padrons were so hot that they were difficult to eat Of the pint, about 10% of the shishitos were hot (but not as hot as the padrons -- but hotter than any shishito I have before). Based on this, I decided not to buy any yesterday.

lunch in downtown Oakland

I got the salad from Cosecha for the first time today (I usually stick with the posole or the chicken taco). Wow! That is one good salad. Today's version had a ton of peaches, jicama, cucumber and pepitos. But the dressing is what makes -- tons of citrus.

CSA Reviews

I am seriously jealous of your peppers. But the few weeks of Jimmy Nardellos this summer in my box were pretty much an ideal pepper score.

CSA Reviews

Wednesday delivery slightly different. Not sure what I am going to do with that pumpkin.

Perdition Smokehouse (downtown Berkeley)

Got take-out yesterday. Overall, a good experience (and the beer list was great, as expected). A few notes:

- Hot link: I agree with the assessment below. Best hot link ever. Juicy, rich and delicious, with nice heat.
- Brisket (juicy): Okay, but I wanted more flavor. Good juicy texture though.
- Pork shoulder: rich, juicy with good burnt bits. Great with some of the sauces (I liked the house and the brewers with coffee the best)
- half rack ribs: good texture, meaty, not that dry, but I thought the rub needed salt.
- Cowboy beans: perfect texture, great burnt ends, my favorite dish.
- Coleslaw: tart and crunchy, but a little one-note. Worked better with the BBQ than on its own.

Overall, we will be back. It is high quality and decent tasting. However, I like the ribs still better at Slow Hand in Pleasant Hill. But I'll be back from those beans and a beer for sure.

CSA Reviews

I got acorn squash in my box this week.

Khao Mun Gai

I actually had the Khao Mun Gai from Hawker Fare the night before your post and I was going to agree with you. But, I had an extra order of the chicken fat rice that I didn't eat until last night -- it seemed much more intense than what was included in the original dish (maybe from sitting for a while? from not having to complete with other intense flavors of the meal?). Overall, I really like the flavor of the chicken in Hawker Fare's version, although I agree that I haven't found the intense ideal of what I enjoyed in Singapore.

Best Trivia/Food/Drink Combo in East Bay

What pubs/bars that have the best trivia and beer combo in Oakland/Berkeley environs? Bonus for good food (or good food nearby that can be brought in).

I have been going to Fireside in Alameda, which has okay beer, but food options nearby are sub-standard. And I need something new.

I know about Ben n Nick's -- beer list pretty good, but food not so much.

Impressing out-of-towners in the East Bay

Wood Tavern
The Dock
Ramen Shop

Oakland Help Please... Need dinner and cocktail/dessert spots for TONIGHT

You don't want to go back to Duende? It is a good combination of music and food.

Maybe check out Mockingbird and New Parish shows, if something works out.

Also, look at the calendar for Leo's Music Club in Temescal. Maybe combine with Juhu Beach Club?

you go away for a week, and the food you miss most is....

I was stuck in Bridgeport (Mono County) during the off-season for three weeks. Very first thing I did when I returned to Oakland was get Thai food.

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

Grilled cheese sandwiches

Gut Reaction - Drinks after work in Oakland

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

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.

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
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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.