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Thomas Keller's Fried Chicken

For all who want to try without the hassle of buying all the brine ingredients, Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc Fried Chicken kit is now available at Williams-Sonoma. It really is great.

Jul 24, 2010
wdot in Home Cooking

Anybody catch Throwdown with Mark Israel of Doughnut Plant?

Hi Everyone,

Can you please help me settle a bet with a friend? We've been trying to find the clip of this episode online to find conclusive evidence, but can't find it anywhere.

Who was the person who put jelly in the other person's hand? Was it Bobby Flay who initiated the Jelly handshake or was it the other way around?

Thanks!

Jun 16, 2009
wdot in Food Media & News

The Slanted Door

My faves:

Starters
-Yellowtail with those crispy fried shallots
-Daikon rice cakes
-Springs roll (if you want to go traditional and light)

Mains
-Shaking beef (gotta do it)
-Cellophane noodles with crab

Have fun! Best Vietnamese food hands down.

-wdot
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Oct 10, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

best brunch in SF

My favorites:

1. Mama's - The best. You can't beat the fluffy french toast with fresh berries and the awesome omelets
2. Ottimista Enoteca on Union - Best eggs benedict in the city
3. Local SF - worthy newcomer in SOMA. Try the egg in the hole with serano ham or the croque monsieur or the vanilla bean french toast
4. Tangerine - love the potato latkes
5. Rose's Cafe

-wdot
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Oct 10, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Coffee Shop in Oakland/Berkeley?

For the coffee, you can't beat Pete's. There's one now on Telegraph about 3-4 blocks from campus. My favorite coffee shops as student at Cal:

1. Strada - it's the top grossing coffeeshop in California for a reason (Could be an urban legend though)
2. Coffee Bean on College near Ashby. Great place to hang out.
3. Sufficient Grounds - hang out with the freshman ;)

-wdot
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Jul 02, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

NY hound looking for the overlooked in SF

I shall give you my favorites of the moment:

Terzo
Foreign Cinema (book early)
Luella (quite possibly my favorite SF spot not b/c the food unbelievably amazing, but b/c it has all the elements of what I think is quintessential SF - good food, casual, hidden in a great neighborhood, overall lovely)

-wdot
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Jul 02, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Menu Recs for Bar Crudo, Cafe Citti, Ferry Bldg?

My personal Ferry Building loves:

1. Rose macaron at Miette:
http://thejadedpalate.com/2008/06/04/...

2. Greek yogurt at Lulu Petite is amazing

3. Pulled pork sandwich at Boulette Larder

4. Spring rolls, chicken bun and lemonade at Out the Door

-wdot
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Jul 01, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

First Timer- SF (5 days) & Wine County (5 days)

Okay, do not swap Slanted Door for anything, but do swap Ouzomo for The House. The House gets no love around here, which is strange b/c it's the best Asian fusion in town.

And the Girl and the Fig is definitely worth it.

-wdot
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Jul 01, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

breakfast recommendations?

My recommendations will be centered around good food but trying to get you out of the financial district/embarcadero area b/c it's definitely the least charming of all the neighborhoods in SF.

For breakfast/brunch:

-Mama's on Washington Square in North Beach. Come early or come late b/c the lines are always long.

-Rose's Cafe or Optimista on Union Street. B/c that's where I get my weekend brunch.

-Tangerine in the Castro/Mission area. The food is very homey and I'm a big fan of the potato latkes.

-Tartine is fine but mostly for pastries of which I highly recommend the orange morning buns.

-wdot
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Jun 27, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Berkeley on the Cheap?

As a fellow Bear who graduated not too, too long ago, here were my favorite spots for cheap eats around the campus:

Northside:

1. Cheeseboard Collective - Fun, irreverent pizza place with 1 option of pizza per day. The lines are long, but sometimes they have someone playing the cello!

2. Top Dog (across the street from Durant Square) - It's an institution.

3. Durant Square - this is where I spent my freshman year nights. The food goes from good to suspect depending on which of the ~8 small food restaurants you go to. My favorite was the Korean BBQ place and in particular, the short rib plate.

Southside:

1. La Note is the best brunch place in all of Berkeley. :) Toasted cinnamon brioche with lavender honey used to cost me $1.50 but expect inflation over the years.

2. Unicorn is the best Vietnamese place in all of Berkeley. Lunch is a much better deal as all the professors have caused prices to double since it first opened. Best plates there are: 1) Unicorn rolls (sounds hokey, I know) but so much better than the rolls at Slanted Door, 2) Prawn claypot.

College:

College is the best foodie place in Cal, but would take him say ~20 minutes to walk from the Northside of campus. There's a stretch that goes for about 2 blocks near college and Ashby where I spent my senior year. It's a bit pricier but good for some of the fun treats that way, including Icee - this great ice cream parlor. Yum.

-wdot
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Jun 27, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Puzzle: Cable Car Dim Sum w/ Kids Under 90 mins

Yank Sing is the best and no other place in SF is worthy. Bold statements, I know. It would seem like it's a doable walk given that it's on Stevenson right off of Market. Have fun and please have some extra Har Gow and Siu Mai and mango pudding for me.

-wdot
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Jun 20, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Any suggestions near the Hyatt Embarcadero

Bad editing job. Sorry. Pricier: Slanted and Aqua. More casual: Globe, Piperade, Bocadillos. I was pretty happy with my recent Aqua visit (two weeks ago). I would say it was so-so for the price a few years back. I think Laurent Manrique, the current head chef, has really stepped it up. He's a god with the foie gras.

-Wdot
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Jun 19, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

San Fran special occasion restaurant?

Yank Sing is a MUCH better dim sum option from a girl who spent a year in HK. ;)

Jun 19, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Any suggestions near the Hyatt Embarcadero

For a more casual dinner than the places mentioned below, I would head to:

1.Slanted Door - definitely not-to-miss
2. Aqua - just a block away

More casual:
1. Globe - my go to late night spot when working late in the Financial District
2. Piperade - a solid Spanish restaurant about 5 blocks away
3. Bocadillos - great tapas bar

Wish Tartare was still open...

-wdot
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Jun 19, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Palio d'Asti for the solo diner?

Palio D'Asti is completely and utterly forgettable unless you're really in the mood for pizza. Even in that case, I'd rather catch a cab across town to Delfina Pizzeria.

-wdot
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Jun 17, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Peas Pack Your Knives and Go

I have no idea how Lisa ended up in the top 3.

Jun 17, 2008
wdot in Features

San Fran special occasion restaurant?

I agree with the Aqua statement. I had a meal there last week that was fairly memorable but wish I could transport the restaurant out of the Financial District.

Jun 16, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Need Help w/ Seafood Restaurant for In-Laws

I've been to Epic and the food was good/not memorable but you definitely pay the "Embarcadero premium." I was there at night and there was no view to be had.

-wdot

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Jun 16, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Need Help w/ Seafood Restaurant for In-Laws

Hhhhmm...if you take away the view requirement, I would go to Yabbies Coastal Kitchen on Polk street. The food is very good, they serve lobster and you can make it out under $50 per person for a 3 course meal.

I recently went to Aqua - the iconic seafood restaurant - and the food was very memorable, but there's no view and won't get out for under $90 per person.

-wdot
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Jun 15, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

San Fran special occasion restaurant?

Some suggestions:

Top dollar, money-no-object places that are commonly known:
1. Aqua
2. Michael Mina
3. Chez Panisse (in Berkeley across the bridge)

People will add Gary Danko to the list, but my last two meals there have been less than stellar. I haven't been to Jardiniere and Fifth Floor, but I have heard good things.

My current go-to special occasion place is Foreign Cinema or Campton Place. The former has a cool concept - they play black and white films in an outside seating area. There's a rooftop bar next door which is a great place to go to drinks beforehand.

I think Campton Place is the most romantic, intimate dining space that I've been to in the city.

-wdot
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Jun 15, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Alas, simply need restaurant recommendations and insight.

Boulevard has great food but is a fairly pricey fine dining option. An often overlooked restaurant in that caliber is Campton Place in the Campton Place Hotel. I'm not a big hotel restaurant diner, but I think there's excellent food to be had there. I also don't get the hype around A16. Some other places that I think are good options for an out of towner, mainly b/c they are unique dining experiences:

1) Foreign Cinema - I like the food and the concept
2) Slanted Door - is touristy but you'll probably not get better Vietnamese food anywhere else
3) The House - best Asian fusion in the city (in my humble opinion)

The restaurant that I'm most excited to go back to these days is Terzo in Cow Hollow.

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Jun 10, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting from Toronto and looking for the best affordable eats

Sure it does b/c it's a trip to the Ferry Building which is probably the best foodie place in SF! I'm Vietnamese and grew up in San Jose and I'd rather eat at Out the Door than most Vietnamese places in SJ and I grew up eating at every dive along Alum Rock, Story and Tully Road. I still think Slanted Door/Out the door has some of the best Vietnamese food out there. Good quality ingredients cooked in a way that's authentic to the cuisine. The pho is off. Agreed. But everything else seems on point.

Jun 10, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Recs for dinner near or in the Civic Center area (in S.F.)

I would go to farmer brown for some great comfort food in a "trendy" setting. The short ribs are great and I liked the fried oysters and okra starter.

-wdot
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Jun 10, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting from Toronto and looking for the best affordable eats

Being Vietnamese and from San Jose (and a serious foodie), I suggest going to one of the following for pho: 1) Pho Tau Bay at 10th & Keyes, 2) Pho 54 on Alum Rock or 3) Pho Bang on King & Tully. According to my mom, the locals are flocking to the former two "hot spots."

As for cheap eats in the Bay, these would be my picks:
SF:

- Mijita in the Ferry Building. Traci des Jardin was on the Next Iron Chef. This is her very casual Mexican eatery. Basically everything here is good and as authentic as in the Mission.

-Out the Door in the Ferry Building. This is the more affordable take out place of Slanted Door. Stay away from the pho but the rest of the dishes are really good.

-Other places: Rose's Cafe, Luella, South Park Cafe

Berkeley
-La Note in Berkeley on Shattuck for brunch. Try the brioche with lavender honey.
-Cheeseboard Collective. Quintessential Berkeley.

You can also check out this site for more "good eats": www.jadedpalette.com

Jun 10, 2008
wdot in San Francisco Bay Area