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Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

Having been shamed in the voting topic, I decided to try the B&G at Sam's Log Cabin in Albany. This version is pretty much what I remember about this dish (and why I don't seek it out): while the biscuits were flaky and tasty, the gravy was bland, with only a few bits of ham (not sausage or bacon) to liven it up. It was also thickened with a lot of flour, so it was kind of gloppy. Two scrambled eggs were oddly cold.

I'd like to try that Front Porch version sometime--it looks like it has some flavor.

Jul 22, 2014
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Restaurant with Private Room for 15 (Financial District)

Kokkari has a private room.

Jul 18, 2014
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SF Dish of the Month (July 2014) - Nominations/Voting

Good question, and I don't have an answer. It might have been a mistake.

Jul 18, 2014
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SF Dish of the Month (July 2014) - Nominations/Voting

I'm not seeking out B&G because I don't particularly care for that dish.

Jul 18, 2014
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A Clean Well Lighted Place For Birds [San Francisco]

I'm curious, what distinguishes Guinea fowl meat?

Jul 14, 2014
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Help picking Wine?

I can also confirm that Navarro is available at Kensington. I just picked up the gewertz. I was hoping for the rose, but they were sold out, more to come next week. And they accept credit cards via a tablet-based point-of-sale system. The receipt was in my email box when I got home.

Jul 13, 2014
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Taking kid to visit Stanford next week, where's a good lunch place in

Fair enough. My experience is from quite a few years ago, when I wasn't too discriminating.

Jul 08, 2014
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Taking kid to visit Stanford next week, where's a good lunch place in

As I recall, there are a couple of places in Tressidor Hall (the student union on campus) that have decent enough food, and it's a great place to mingle with students.

Jul 08, 2014
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Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

They've been happy to cook mine to a perfect medium-rare on request.

Jul 07, 2014
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Eastbay Mediterranean Deli with takeout salads (besides Oasis)

Zand's on Solano in Albany might work.

Jul 02, 2014
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Favorite Fish and Chips for F and C Friday?

Pyramid Alehouse in Berkeley does a nice version.

Jun 26, 2014
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Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

Thanks!

Jun 24, 2014
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Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

You had lunch there? What time of day? Last Thursday they told me they had no current plans for lunch.

Jun 24, 2014
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Four Days in San Francisco-- Please Critique (apologies for the long intro)

The last time I was at YS, as soon as we sat down a waiter came over with one of their "specials"--a glazed Chilean sea bass. One of our party ordered it without thinking, and I think it was in the $20 range, just for that dish. So, yes, be careful what you order.

Jun 20, 2014
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Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

New arrival today: Fivetenburger's opened up their brick-and-mortar place, Handlebar, at the old Temple Bar site on University in Berkeley.

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014/06/1...

Jun 19, 2014
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Grocery Outlet (June 2014)

Berkeleyside.com links to a report that GO is looking for a buyer.

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancis...
ale-walmart-family-dollar.html

Jun 18, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

And now I've tried them. Troy's falafels are probably the best I've had in the East Bay (Berkeley and north). They were crisp and moist as Gencora says above, and the wrap was big enough to save some for dinner.

Jun 16, 2014
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Restaurant and wine recommendation for a vertical tasting

I once organized a tasting at One Market, and their corkage policy for these events was $20 per person, not per bottle. You might call to ask them whether this is still the case. They might have a different policy for small groups, though--there were about 20 of us.

And the tasting was one of the best for our group. The restaurant set out very good stemware, five glasses per seat, and stayed out of our way (the staff didn't do any pouring--they left it to us).

Jun 16, 2014
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Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

First time back to Grazzy in over a year today. They still have problems with getting medium-rare right, but good flavor. Order rare if you want medium-rare.

The biggest change is that they're including a small serving of fries with the burgers, lunchtime until 3 PM, so, you don't have to plow through a big basket of fries and pay extra for them. At $8.50 for their plain burger, with fries, this is now a good lunch deal.

The taproom, like everywhere else this week, was packed with World Cup fans.

Jun 13, 2014
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World Cup 2014 Viewing and Eats

Westbrae Biergarten was packed yesterday at 1:30 in the afternoon.

Jun 13, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

No particular reason other than that falafel isn't a Greek dish. They do sound good, though, so I'll give them a chance.

Jun 11, 2014
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Berkeley beer & food truck garden

I think this week will be the first for RoliRoti. I don't know the hours, but I hope they're there for lunch.

Jun 09, 2014
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Berkeley beer & food truck garden

The "soft" opening has been hugely popular. Every time I drive by the place has been crowded. Saturday lunch had nearly every table and chair taken.

There are tables, but also clusters of Adirondack chairs for lounging. Propane heaters for cold evenings.

The Brazil Cafe tri-tip was as good as ever, if a little overpriced. According to the website, RoliRoti should be there Thursdays through Sundays.

Lots of photos in a Google image search on Westbrae Biergarten.

Jun 09, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

Didn't occur to me, for a $5.50 sandwich. I might return and ask them to fry the falafels for a longer time. The flavor was ok, if a little undersalted.

Jun 06, 2014
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Albany - Jodie’s – “soulful, simple and home style”

Sad to report that Jodie's is closing down on June 16.

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014/06/0...

(I was kind of hoping they were the ones moving into the recently-vacated Sophia Cafe around the corner, but no)

Jun 06, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

Back to Sophia Cafe, and it turns out they closed for good on May 31. Someone else is taking over, different cuisine.

So, up to the top of Solano to Jerusalem. I had high hopes when I saw them scooping the raw falafel into the deep fryer. But the dish arrived much more quickly than expected, and sure enough, the falafels were barely cooked, mealy and without any crisp crust. The greens were generous, though, and lightly dressed in oil and lemon.

Jun 06, 2014
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Walking Trawl for Friday Night [San Francisco]

How's Belden Alley these days?

Jun 06, 2014
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Best shellfish in Berkeley?

Is Cantonese acceptable? The best local seafood is mostly at these places (just outside Berkeley, though).

Jun 05, 2014
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Berkeley beer & food truck garden

I stopped by this afternoon. Lunches only on weekends until June 12 or so. They don't have a schedule for trucks other than Brazil Cafe for now, but more should be coming soon.

Jun 03, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

I've only had Sophia's falafels once, and don't remember them very well, so that's why they were my first choice today. Zands are pretty solid aside from not being hot or crispy, good tahini, nicely seasoned veggies. I'll go back to Sophia soon (and to Jerusalem "Organic"). I'll probably skip Troya.

Jun 03, 2014
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