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Good burger in Reno--or other kid-friendly options?

We will be staying at the Siena on Saturday night. Any recommendations for a kid-friendly place with good food? The kids are adventuresome eaters--we just want them to be welcome. Thanks!

Feb 03, 2014
Lisa Simpson in Southwest

Cocktails in Rockridge [Oakland]

Looking for a nice, anniversary celebration-worthy place for cocktails in Rockridge. We are having dinner at A Cote, so I'd rather it be somewhere else. Hudson would have been perfect for that, but alas, they're closed. Does anyone have a favorite, nicer-than-a-dive-bar, spot?
Thanks!

Oakland: Piedmont Avenue restaurant with full bar

Hello: I'm looking for dinner tomorrow before a movie on Piedmont that includes a full bar. Adesso is too snacky and I'm not loving Cesar these days.

I've only had lunch at Park Avenue Grille, but it was pretty bad -- is dinner any better?

I'm totally drawing a blank. Any thoughts on good food plus liquor?

Thanks!
LS

Inexpensive rehearsal dinner option--Oakland?

Thank you for the tips--these are good. I know tasty is a broad description, but really I'm open to anything that's inexpensive (dare i say downright cheap) and good for what it is. East Ocean is an excellent option.
Do you recommend EA over Oakland Chinese spots?

Inexpensive rehearsal dinner option--Oakland?

Hello all,

I am researching wedding rehearsal ideas on a budget and before I go the picnic in the park route, was wondering if anyone knew of some inexpensive restaurant options/ideas in Oakland. Fancy is certainly not necessary--just tasty. We are looking at 30 to 40 people.

Thanks for any tips!

Bakery with old school cake

Hello--SF hound coming to LA to celebrate my mom's birthday. She wants a cake with icing. Not buttercream, but that hard frosting stuff I remember vaguely from my youth.

Can anyone recommend a bakery that can make me an old school cake? We are staying in Pasadena and the party is in the Hollywood Hills area.

Thank you!

Feb 27, 2012
Lisa Simpson in Los Angeles Area

Fried pickles

Thank you for all the great advice! I hope to try all of them and report back.

Nov 17, 2011
Lisa Simpson in New Orleans

Fried pickles

Hello!

SF hound heading to NO in a couple days. We are heading to CP, August, Cochone, Mondo, and a couple others. But I have a craving for fried pickles, preferably chips. It's not a common bay area treat. Any yummy ones to be found with you?

Thanks!
LS

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Mondo
900 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Nov 15, 2011
Lisa Simpson in New Orleans

Angeline's in Berkeley

Thank you everyone for the suggestions. Went tonight and had a lovely meal. The étouffée was flavorful and nicely spicy, though the accompanying Parmesan green beans were cold. Also tried the fried chicken. I usually avoid boneless fried chicken, but this was really good--crispy, well seasoned and juicy. I didn't love the ginger vanilla mashed sweet potatoes, but the accompanying gravy was delicious.

We also had the mac n cheese, which was exactly how I wanted it: elbow macaroni, good cheesy flavor, and a great crispy crust on top. The beignets were also terrific. Two entrees, a side, a dessert and two lemonades came to $50. I would definitely go back.

ISO Diablito & Corn ice cream

Tara's in Berkeley often has corn ice cream. You can check their flavors in facebook.

Angeline's in Berkeley

I'm going for dinner on Saturday: any recommendations? I've gathered from previous threads that others have enjoyed the hushpuppies, BBQ shrimp and the pecan pie.
Has anyone tried the fried chicken or the étouffée?
Thanks!

Waffle Boss -- Oakland

A couple weeks ago I noticed a storefront with papered windows and "Waffle Boss" stenciled on a small sign -- on Telegraph, near 40th (next door to the church). Does anyone know what this is? I walk by it a couple times a week, and have yet to see any activity.

butterflied chicken--undercooked dark meat

I just roasted my first butterflied chicken, using the America's Test Kitchen recipe. I cooked the 3ish-pound bird at 500 degrees for 40 minutes, rotating the pan once in the middle. At the end, the temperature in the breast was a bit over 160. I rested the bird for about five minutes while I finished the potatoes.

The breast was great--juicy and yummy, but the legs were not cooked through. What did i do wrong? I haven't made too many whole chickens before, and I thought butterflying was the way to ensure even cooking.

Any advice would be appreciated--I'd love to get this recipe right. The skin was amazing.

Thanks!
Lisa Simpson

Apr 05, 2010
Lisa Simpson in Home Cooking

Steak Tartare?

Big Boss is coming in from NYC and I'm looking to impress with SF's finest steak tartare. She used to love the stuff at Jeanty at Jack's, before they closed.

Any recommendations? Thanks!!!

thermometer help

You would think! But you can only program mine up, and not down. Alas...
LS

Jan 12, 2009
Lisa Simpson in Cookware

thermometer help

Does anyone know of a digital thermometer that will alert not only when temperatures are reached on the way up, but also on the way down?

I've been inspired by the yogurt threads, and would love to have notification that my milk has dropped to the proper temperature.

Thanks!
LS

Jan 11, 2009
Lisa Simpson in Cookware

Sugar free/No sugar added cake in Las Vegas

SF hound in search of birthday cake for my diabetic father. I'll be flying into Las Vegas Friday morning, and then heading down toward Bullhead City, AZ.

I thought of the Cheesecake Factory, but they don't open until 11. Does anyone have a recommendation for no sugar added cake?

Thanks!
LS

Jun 02, 2008
Lisa Simpson in Southwest

Cafe in Santa Cruz?

I have a couple hours to kill in SC on Friday afternoon, and I'm looking for a pleasant cafe in which to do some work. I'm pretty unfamiliar with the area.

What I'd like: a decent latte, maybe some soup (though non-baked-good food is optional), a pleasant place to sit.

All suggestions welcome--thanks in advance!
LS

Aug 29, 2007
Lisa Simpson in California

SF dim sum--not too pricy or crowded

Thanks for the suggestion! Ah, I forgot to mention the day: the plan is indeed for Saturday.

SF dim sum--not too pricy or crowded

Hello: I'm looking for good dim sum in SF.

I'd prefer not too pricey, and since I'll be bringing my 80+-year-old parents, not too crowded--the wait for a table is hard on them.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
LS

Cafe in/around Redwood City?

I'm looking for a good, non-Starbucks cafe (decent coffee, free wifi a plus) around Redwood City. I'm completely unfamiliar with the area. Close to the freeway is a plus. Bonus points for good croissants...

Thanks!

LS

Lamb from More Weir Cooking--Help!

So I was planning on making Joanne Weir's braised lamb with artichokes for Christmas dinner, and I left the blasted book at home, 500 miles away!

So here I am, the lamb is promised, and I have no way to find a copy of the book before Christmas. Can some kind Chowhound who owns a copy of the book see it in their hearts to provide the recipe? I really own the book already--promise!

Many many thanks in advance...

LS

Dec 22, 2006
Lisa Simpson in Home Cooking

Lunch at Somerset

I've had brunch there twice now--it definitely shows promise. Service improved from the first trip to the second, but could improve a bit more.

First breakfast I had the figs with pears, blue cheese and pear--they were yummy. But the real star was the hot farro cereal, with maple, creme fraiche, raisins, pecans and butternut squash. Outstanding. My friend had the baked eggs, which was a daunting portion. A little on the salty side, but yummy.

Second visit my companion and I split a cinnamon roll, which was fine. I had the bacon leek scramble. Again, the portion was huge, and it was kind of salty, but I like salt, so I happily ate most of it.

Next time I'm getting the cereal again. I never would have thought I'd like squash in my breakfast cereal. Good to know.

All in all, a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I'm looking forward to trying dinner.

Quiet restaurant in Oakland/Berkeley for birthday with elderly parents?

Thank you so much everyone for the ideas! I ended up booking at Soizic, but the JoJo mention was a strong runner up. Going to go there with my honey instead--thanks for the reminder!

Quiet restaurant in Oakland/Berkeley for birthday with elderly parents?

Hi: I'm taking my elderly parents out for mom's birthday, and I'm looking for something in Oakland or Berkeley that's not too expensive (most entrees under $20) and that's quiet, as mom's hard of hearing.

Any thoughts? The only places I can come up with are noisy. Ethnic possible, but not optimal.

Many thanks!

LS

SF hound in NYC for work

Thank you so much for the responses, everyone--I really appreciate it. The Spanish angle never occured to me. And is Chanto the place with the chicken sashimi I read about?

As for reservations, can they be made for the bar at most places?

Cheers,
LS

Aug 23, 2006
Lisa Simpson in Manhattan

SF hound in NYC for work

Hello...I'm going to be in NYC at the end of the week and have Sunday and Monday available for fabulous solo dinners.

I haven't been to Manhattan in about six years, but then I remember liking the following restaurants very much: Babbo, Lupa, Union Pacific, Bouley Bakery, Tabla, Union Square Cafe.

I'm somewhat looking for things I can't really get in SF, and for places that are solo-at-tje-bar dining friendly (which seems like a lot of NYC). Right now I'm thinking of Eleven Madison Park (I missed Humm in SF) and WD-50.

Also, I've never done the solo bar thing before--is it walk-in, or does one make a reservation?

Thanks for any and all tips!

LS

Aug 22, 2006
Lisa Simpson in Manhattan