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Schoolhouse Pizza Quincy - Closed?

It reopened in early 2013, have you been back?

Sep 13, 2013
tomatoaday in Greater Boston Area

good source for muesli (at a fair price!)

I like Bob's Red Mill - I'm sure they have a web site that you could find some place close to you that sells their line.

Jun 12, 2013
tomatoaday in Greater Boston Area

Chowdown Report: Ming Kee in San Francisco

That sounds like a terrific event - while I read it, I wondered if I had ever had goose, don't think so. Happy belated birthday! We have the pizzeria open - come visit if you are ever in the Boston area.

Apr 07, 2013
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

Searching for recipe from Dini's Sea Grill

Tadich Grill, in San Francisco, uses mashed potatoes as a big part of their tartar sauce. Does this sound like it might be a possibility? If so, you could try googling copy cat Tadich tartar recipes. I don't think they have ever published it themselves. Sure is good though - I have been known to eat it on their bread.

Mar 12, 2013
tomatoaday in Greater Boston Area

Brunch in Quincy

Gave my older sister the choices and she chose Fox and Hound. It was ok. On the buffet was a selection of baked goods (untoasted mini bagels, cinnamon rolls, mini Danish) none that appeared made there. Cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, grapes. Chafers held scrambled eggs, link sausage, bacon, French toast, there was a green salad and for non breakfast, sliced roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables and a waaaay overcooked rigatoni with vegetables and cream sauce. Desserts were glasses of apple crisp, bread pudding and tapioca. It was cheap ($12.95 per) mediocre food, a nice room, great parking and poor service. We all ate way to much bacon. And the new boyfriend passed the audition -

I appreciate the recs for China Pearl and will be there soon. I will be more chowish after this start - thanks for the suggestions. BTW, the best of Quincy thread has been very helpful!

Feb 24, 2013
tomatoaday in Greater Boston Area

Brunch in Quincy

Doesn't have to be a buffet at all - usually I avoid them but this is an occasion to present a new boyfriend to 3 sisters, so needs to be quiet. Have you been to Remick's for breakfast? I am new to the area but reports seem to indicate a downward slide. Thanks for the Inn rec., it looks great.

Feb 20, 2013
tomatoaday in Greater Boston Area

Brunch in Quincy

Looking for a place with great food (naturally) but also comfortable for a group of 8, god parking and not to Loud. Fox and Hound looks great for atmosphere but a lone Yelp post on brunch buffet was very disappointing. Tips appreciated, not only on places but specific menu items. Thanks -

Feb 19, 2013
tomatoaday in Greater Boston Area

What Bay Area French restaurant is comparable to this D.C. restaurant, please?

Their sole with crab stuffing is great when they have that. So are the quenelles. For less rich options, the Nicoise is good and the burger is first rate. The bouliabasse has a red pepper rouille but other than that, I don't remember anything with a lot of red bell pepper - overall, I really like almost everything I have ever had there. Seems like time for a return visit!

Aug 20, 2012
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

Miller's East Coast Deli 2nd location coming 12/19/11 - San Rafael's Montecito Shopping Center

I have been a couple of times and was pleased. I'm stuck on the something Buddha sandwich - happy, laughing? The matzoh ball chicken soup is good too.

Aug 13, 2012
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

In dire need of an East Coast Jewish Deli!

I picked up a sandwich at the Millers in San Rafael and thought it was pretty good. It was the Buddha - chopped chicken liver, pastrami, Russian dressing, red onion, lettuce and tomato on marble rye. I subbed corned beef for the pastrami. If they had toasted the bread and included the tomato, I would have been even happier. Big sandwich (and big price, about $12.50) came with a good light sour pickle tasting of clove and some average mac salad. I'll go back -

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Miller's East Coast Deli
1725 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Feb 29, 2012
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

Please check my list for upcoming visit

In Marin, I like the Buckeye in Mill Valley (liver, ribs, brisket, oysers bingo all excellent), Poggio has good food and a beautiful interior - nice walking area for after dinner. For lunch, Fish is good and more expensive than you realize until you hear the total. It used to be cash only, not sure if that is still the case. If Le Garage is open and the weather is nice that would be enjoyable. Sushi Ran is very good and seems more reasonable for lunches although the menu is basically the same. Going north a little bit to Corte Madera / Larkspur, Brick and Bottle has a good happy hour and Monday burger and beer special. Left Bank is variable quality although I have heard better comments recently.

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Poggio
777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Sushi Ran
107 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965

Le Garage
85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

Madera
2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Brick and Bottle
55 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sep 01, 2011
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

Good pupusas in the East Bay?

This may be a strange spot but I like the ones inside the at the Coliseum swap meet. Actually, I think most of the food there is good - definitly an uphill path over the last few years.

Jul 18, 2011
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

Quirky Sandwich Concoctions

Peanut butter, mayo and bread and butter pickles. In a pinch, my husband will eat them with pickle relish instead.

Jul 14, 2011
tomatoaday in General Topics

Nellie's 7.13.11, updates?

Not as good as it used to be. The oxtails were roasted with a thin gravy swished over them. Good, but not enough to return for. Portion seemed small as well. The greens were good too, chopped fine, a little flat. Yams sweet as candy but good scooped on the corn muffins. The deep fried porkchops were not worth the health dangers. Thin and the batter tasted slightly fishy, likely from shared oil. Too bad - for the first time, we actually had good service! 2 dinners with sides, 1 soda, about $33.

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Nellie's Soulfood
1155 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607

Jul 14, 2011
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

Nellie's 7.13.11, updates?

I plan on going to Nellie's in Oakland today for their Wednesday daily special of oxtails. I haven't been in a few months and haven't read any reports. Still the same - good main course items, mediocre sides and usually slow service? Uphill, downhill?

Jul 13, 2011
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

KC Area - Fried Chicken

I remember Boote
s & Coates. My mom and now stepfather would sometimes take us with them for dinner - very foreign place, dark and mostly bar like to a kid from Leawood. They had a great blue cheese dressing. As I recall, it was red or orange -anyone know how to make it?

Jul 08, 2011
tomatoaday in Great Plains

Max's Matzoh Ball Soup?

The MB soup is good there but I really like the sweet and sour brisket soup, which I think they call Russian Cabbage Soup on the menu. For the Matzoh balls, I like the texture and how they are evenly cooked even when so large. I wish there was more chicken flavor in the broth and less "spent" chicken. As I recall, you only get one in the small size and two in the large.

Jun 06, 2011
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

Condolences to family and friends of "Chuy" Campos owner of Otaez restaurants in the Eastbay

Just an awful thing to happen, and for what appears to be so small of a reason. From what I read, he was a driving force for area businesses and will be missed in many ways, by many people.

Apr 11, 2011
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

Where's the best Thai food in Marin?

I have only gotten food to go but the tiny Bay Thai on Fourth Street in San Rafael is good. And cheap - my usual #13 Thai curry noodle (rice noodle in red curry with prawns, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, sweet basil, chili and baby corn) is a whopping $7.50 and is usually enough for 2 meals, especially if I remember to get a side of rice for day 2. Cash only.

Mar 29, 2011
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

The Next Great Restaurant 3/27- -Spoiler Alert

I have picked the Indian concept to win from the first. Although I am not generally a fan of Indian food, I think it's appeal could be widespread, not just in large markets but in mid markets, especially college towns. Since it is friendly to vegetararians and low in proteins, I would think running a reasonable Cost of Goods would be easier than say - grilled cheese sandwiches. I was sorry they made him change the name - I thought Tiffin Box was a great name and neatly captured the cuisine, the takeout aspect and was memorable. Even Tiffin would have been good - I can't even remember the generic title he is using now.

Mar 28, 2011
tomatoaday in Food Media & News

Who's familiar with old San Francisco restaurants?

Regarding LaBouc, I remember going to the one in Alameda once. I loved the fish soup and when I wanted to take some with me, they poured it into an empty clean wine bottle.

Mar 17, 2011
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

Childhood favorite sandwich

We had one of those we used on camping trips. Buttered bread on either side, canned cherry pie filling, toasted until browned and crispy. I'm surprised we survived without facial scars from boiling hot cherry gloop. Same with the electric frying pan of oil in the dining room when it was taco night. All right mom - 5 kids! No scars!

Mar 15, 2011
tomatoaday in General Topics

Central Vegetarian in Alameda - thoughts?

Going tonight with 2 vegans, 2 vegetarians and 2 omnivores. I would welcome some comments on must haves or avoids. Rates highly on Yelp so I am hoping to get some positive Hounds thoughts. Looking at the menu, I think the sesame tofu looks good, as does the black bean vegetables. I have never tried meat substitutes so have no thoughts there. One yelper mentions a msg-y after taste. Any comments on noodle dishes or appetizers? Thanks. I am looking forward to a new wrinkle to my usual dining choices.

Mar 10, 2011
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

Best female chefs around the globe?

In the US, female chefs that I think are well known and regarded:
Cindy Pawycln
Joyce Goldstein
Barbara Lynch
Lidia Bastianich
Marcella Hazan (maybe more Italy - not sure where she is based now)

Mar 07, 2011
tomatoaday in General Topics

Marin taco trucks y mas - La Pablanita in downtown San Rafael?

I tried the truck that comes up to the dump in San Rafael behind Wendy's about a year ago and was not impressed. I recently saw another one parked outside the Smart and Final in San Rafael, again near Wendy's, but by the time I did my shop it had packed up and gone. That was about 10:30 am and the one and only time I have seen it. I'm always eager to try them so if anyone has a schedule, please post it, thanks.

Feb 18, 2011
tomatoaday in San Francisco Bay Area

Most memorable cafeteria food

One of my earliest jobs was at the Putsch's cafeteria at 83rd and Mission. I have many fond memories of my time there - and some are even about the food! I also worked for EBT, which had its roots with Myron Green. Gosh, that was a long time ago...

Jan 20, 2011
tomatoaday in General Topics

Lap Cheong (aka Chinese Sausages)

I love them sliced thin, sauteed briefly with sliced green onion and then scrambled with eggs.

Jan 10, 2011
tomatoaday in Home Cooking

Mail-order barbecue?

I like Fiorella's out of Kansas City. I get a little peeved that the packages have sauce, hats, or rubs included but recently they have added a design your own package. Shipping is very expensive and overall I almost don't think it is worth it - and then I eat some and I forgive them. The beans are first rate, as are the ribs. I don't think the prime rib bones are worth the premium.

Jan 07, 2011
tomatoaday in General Topics

Par baked cookies

I'm looking for a procedure to be able to serve just baked warm cookies as a dessert in a restaurant without baking dough from scratch for each order. A plate that takes 4 to 5 minutes to finish rather than 12 to 14 is a lot different in restaurant kitchen time. I want a tender middle, crisp edges and warm enough so that chocolate is melty but not molten. Since it has egg in the dough I need to be able to have it cook enough to be safe until finished but not baked so much that I am reheating (and overbaking) a fully cooked cookie.

Jan 06, 2011
tomatoaday in Home Cooking

Par baked cookies

Good idea about the freezing, I didn't think about that. I would expect that if we bake them from frozen it would only add a minute or so to the baking time. Thanks for the idea!

Jan 05, 2011
tomatoaday in Home Cooking