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Jodie's in Albany needs local support

More information: According to a source, Mr C is a member of the Eagles Hall in El Cerrito and put on dances there from time to time. Mr C also apparently owns the beauty salon in that building and may own the whole building. Finally, the source says Mr C makes awesome fried chicken.

Who are the best food/restaurant bloggers in SF, and where do they eat?

One of the best writers here on CH was rworange. Has she turned up anywhere else, maybe in a blog of her own?

Jodie's in Albany needs local support

There are flyers on the door at Jodie's old place: Coming Soon Lizzie & Mr. C's Cajun Cafe. I can't find anything about it on the Goog, except it may be related to a Mr. C who runs "Zydeco Nights", with food, in El Cerrito (http://mrcszydeconights.com/).

2014 Best Indian Buffet Oakland/Berkeley Area?

I followed my own advice and had lunch at Priya today. The goat curry had lots of depth, but the meat was a little gelatinous in an osso-bucco kind of way. Excellent chicken curry, mushroom palak, a mixed vegetable fry and of course the dal. Tandoori chicken legs were very large, so I skipped this time, but they're typically good.

There was no mango chutney this time, but they did have the spicy pickle and a subtly-flavored peanut sauce with chilis.

2014 Best Indian Buffet Oakland/Berkeley Area?

As I recall, they have two kinds of chutney, mango and pickle.

2014 Best Indian Buffet Oakland/Berkeley Area?

My favorite is still Priya, on San Pablo Ave in the first block south of University. They have a big selection of dishes you don't find at the others (such as the Khana Peena on Solano), including a goat curry. I'm really fond of their dhal.

Table of 12 Needed (Casual & Good) in SF

Kokkari is definitely lively.

Pizza for Breakfast!

Rotten City in Emeryville now has their egg pizza every day. It's a thicker crust, rectangular pie, and the egg whites fill up the whole slice, with a nice semi-soft yolk. This is quite a substantial slice of pizza.

East Bay Seasonal Ingredients with Great Wine List?

I always shake my head sadly when I see those big shelves of beautiful older wines, because the shelves don't have any earthquake stabilization, not even a wire across the front. I asked them about it and they shrugged and said that they survived Loma Prieta just fine. Maybe the Napa quake will change their minds.

Best Trivia/Food/Drink Combo in East Bay

(Hate this new Q&A format). Actually, I forgot about Casa Latina, which is excellent. I was thinking of the taqueria in the block south of University.

Take Out + Bar - Oakland/Berkeley

Pizza to go from Nizza La Bella, great bar to wait at.

Yerba Buena

It's available at local nurseries, like Berkeley Hort. I don't think I've seen it in food stores.

Oori - on Solano [Albany]

I had lunch there last week. The "rice triangles" are pretty to look at, but there isn't much filling, maybe a tablespoon and a half, on a big slab of sticky rice. The fillings were tasty, though. Two of them at around $3.00 each weren't quite enough for lunch, but I couldn't face any more rice.

Bit of a challenge... [San Francisco]

Oh yes. A local Cantonese joint had really good shrimp and eggs, but the more complicated dishes were between meh and ugh.

Best Trivia/Food/Drink Combo in East Bay

The Albatross pub in Berkeley has quiz nights.


Great beer selection and 25-cent bottomless popcorn. There are a lot of restaurants a couple of blocks away around San Pablo and University: Priya for Indian, Cocina for Italian, Everett & Jones for BBQ, Lanesplitter for pizza, a taqueria whose name I don't know, etc.


Puotine comes to Berkeley!


ETA: the website doesn't show the Berkeley location, but Berkeleyside posted about it today.


Surprise Trip to San Francisco

Kokkari for Greek.


The owner of the winery in the photo I posted says that the bungs held for most of the barrels and he's only lost a few.

And here's a 20-second video of a fermentation tank spraying wine through a crack at Sebastiani. They're saying 19 of their tanks were damaged.


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Very sad photo from a Napa winery:


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China Village (Albany) is open!

I don't know, since that's the Great China lunch menu. I don't see the China Village lunch menu online.

China Village (Albany) is open!

I think it started this week. The lunch specials menu was reprinted and consolidated from the separate pages last week.

China Village (Albany) is open!

They raised the prices on the lunch specials by a dollar for most items, and taken a few favorites off the menu. This cracks the $10 limit I like to keep for lunch.

Prices seem to be going up everywhere recently.

Suggestions for lunch w/ a kid near Dolores Park? [San Francisco]

A whole burrito might be too much for a little one, though. Maybe a quesadilla (with or without meat)?

Grocery Outlet August, 2014

Berkeleyside is picking up the story that the Berkeley GO will be replaced by apartments.


And apparently, the whole chain is being sold as well.

Berkeley: Casa Latina - nice nacatamales - tamal-rific

Casa Latina has expanded into the space next door, giving them lots of seating. They also installed a stage in the back, maybe for live music. Tamales and tacos, especially the carnitas taco, were great as always.

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.

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

Kokkari has a private room.

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

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

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.

A Clean Well Lighted Place For Birds [San Francisco]

I'm curious, what distinguishes Guinea fowl meat?