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Behind the Counter @ Berkeley Bowl

I find both BBs counter people to be friendly and happy to serve you. Agree, just ask.

May 21, 2015
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French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

Had the fries at Gregoire in Berkeley. Very good double fried, very crisp and Belgium-y. Came with a dipping sauce, not sure what. Also quite a pile. At first thought $6.10 was high but they give you a take-away box full, enough for 2-3 people having a sandwich or salad.

May 21, 2015
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Is Coi one of the world's best Chinese restaurants?

David Chan, who post here (Chandavkl) and who has eaten at 6,000+ Chinese restaurants in North America, and lives in SoCal, lists Koi Palace as #1 in his top ten.

http://graphics.latimes.com/chinese-r...

He has a great story as well. Can relate to being an 4th gen ABC from SoCal:
http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-ch...

May 20, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chronicle top 100 2015

Parallels is the term I used.

Cultural phenomenon often parallels each other.

If anything the diversity of food and restaurants leads the way, but both Bauer and tech are tone deaf and out of touch.

May 16, 2015
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Chronicle top 100 2015

May 16, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chronicle top 100 2015

If someone were smart they'd start different lists as you mention, Top 100 Treasures or The 100 Bay Area Standards and something like the Top 25 list.

Let the top end competition fight it out in the Top 25. Let the other places do what they do best. I'd think this would be a good way to have it both ways. Making the standards list would be of value and the top 25 more about trends or super high end.

This separation would solve much of the conflicts and also gives you two lists to publish. Of course the Chron isn't very smart and has a tradition of being a rag and tabloid. It's part of the Bay Area's tradition of yellow journalism and Willie Randy Hearst (rosebud!).

The lack of diversity is a real shame given the BA's culinary riches and diversity, and the shift in MB's Top 100 oddly parallels the income and inequality shift in the Bay Area, the lack of diversity in tech, and consolidation of tastes.

Any way, I gave up reading or following the Top 100. Sure it can be fun to debate but if you're into food and can read, you can figure out where to go. Also, yeah the lack of diversity and understanding is a big turn-off. As mentioned elsewhere and before...someone like Jonathan Gold who champions the small and diverse really helps the local scene develop and grow. MB is into the status quo and a limited palette.

May 16, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Mountain View Advice? Ramen?

The South Bay use to have the best selection of Indian restaurants. Haven't hung out in MV for awhile and not deep into Indian food but there's a few places I've heard of like Amber India, Sakoon. Also found Chaat Paradise on CH:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/36662

May 14, 2015
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Where can I buy Bahn Mi Rolls .. just the rolls .. in Sunset or Richmond Districts [San Francisco]

Bakers of Paris on Taraval. They did some moving around, so check the web.

Also I think most bahn mi places, like on Clement St., will sell you the rolls by themselves.

May 10, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF birthday dinner for a 7-year-old

I wouldn't eat there for dinner, unless you check the menu and see a few safe items. That said, it's worth a stop, perhaps for drinks/dessert just to see the fun and goofiness. It really does depend on the kid.

May 08, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF birthday dinner for a 7-year-old

Have to say, the sushi boat place for a kid sounds about right. Generally J-town is kid friendly (and yes a bland mall). You could spend a nice half day there.

For Italian, Capo's might be a good choice; old school family style service. Original Joe's might be good as well..waiters in tuxedos.

May 07, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Auberge du S, Meadowood or Sobar-Solage [Napa Valley]

Never been to Meadowood but found AdS old school in a stuffy, slightly uptight sort of way. Food wasn't that good for the price, etc...but it was a while ago.

May 01, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

places for loners Berkeley area

Lanespliter on San Pablo has a bar, decent pizza and is open late..., friendly staff, dark/low key. Also there's Eureka, gastro pub, a bit glossy but has a bar, open late.

Apr 28, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Simple Italian restuarant similar to Capps Corner?

You might try Ristorante Marcello on Taraval/31st. I was trying to remember this place from when I lived in the Avenues. In the early 90s it looked like it was around forever...so add 20-25 years to it. Neighborhood place but not family style a la Capps. I don't recall much of it, just the location and the food was basic/standard but decent.

Apr 28, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

places for loners Berkeley area

Rudy Can't Fail Cafe might work. Basic diner food but open late and a bar to eat at. I use to get a mild 80s artsy/scenestr S.F. vibe when I'm there and think it's both hilarious but cool.

In Oakland Chinatown the go to late night place is New Gold Medal (formerly Sun Hong Kong). Very good standard Cantonese food. Just have to figure out what dish works for you...but I see plenty of solo diners at all hours.

Au Coquelet might work...lots of students studying solo up front in the cafe. The restaurant is less so but they're open late.

p.s. you'd be surprised at who you'd meet if you bought someone dinner in Berkeley...and it's one of the few places it would be less weird.

Apr 28, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Simple Italian restuarant similar to Capps Corner?

One place I've always been curious about is Il Pescatore in Jack London Square. It's been there forever, looks old school, but I've never seen more then a few people in there. Use to ride my bicycle through there 3x a week and never seen many people there. Yelp gives it the same rating as Francesco's...and "old school" is mentioned a million times.

Apr 28, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Berkeley/Albany bakeries open on Mondays

Arizmendi in Oakland are open...Lakeshore and San Pablo. The one on S.P. closes early.

Apr 26, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Moving to North/East Bay

I hear a "d", don't hear a "t". I think the difference is in Spanish the "me" is more "may"...Al-a-ma-da. Californiacated usually pronounces it "me".

http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/...

Apr 26, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Moving to North/East Bay

So say it in Spanish...which is basically pronouncing the "d" as a "d" and not a "t".

Apr 26, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Jeremiah Tower v. Michael Bauer on FB

MB and JT deserve each other...and in fact that's probably why they dislike each other.

service charges off the table in Oakland

The mom and pop places are raising prices. Mi Rancho Taco Truck on 1st Ave near Lake Merritt raised their prices, $8 bucks for a fully loaded burrito, $7 for no cheese/crema/guac. About a $1.50 increase. That's not unreasonable but since it's a higher percentage of the total, it seems high. I'd guess the workers do better getting paid more since the tip jar is inconsistent.

Apr 18, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Great places near AT&T park [San Francisco]

I use to work around there. Caffe Centro in South Park was my go to. Sandwich or salad and cold drink, sit in the park.

South Park Cafe is nice for a sit down meal/clients but nothing super special. Mexico au Parc is okay...standard burrito shop.

Brickhouse is worth checking out.

HRD gets raves but the change over happened just as I was leaving. I use to go there before it became "hip", and the guys uncle ran it.

Apr 10, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Moving to North/East Bay

Berkeley HS gets good reviews and rankings. I know several people who sent their kids there even as they have other choices. It's very diverse, receives good ranking/reviews and benefits from being in a college town with faculty and staff sending their kids there. It's also a big school.

Apr 10, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Tasty Travails: In California, A is For...Carciofi

As a kid my parents would drive the family between LA and SF to see relatives...and we always stopped in Castroville for the artichokes on the way. Frankly I can live without the leaves but the hearts are great.

BTW, the other thing Castroville (and King City) were known for were speed traps. King City still does a brisk business. Not sure about Castroville.

Apr 05, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Capp's Corner is closing. [San Francisco]

I'm guessing someone figured they could pull a "Tosca's" somehow.

So what old school Italian family style places are left in SF and North Beach?

Apr 01, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Moving to North/East Bay

Marin is also one of the least diverse counties in the Bay Area, with 86% of the population being caucasian, and the food offerings reflect this. There's good eats there and some diversity in food (ethnic and hipster/artisan) but nothing like SF, Oakland/Berkeley/Alameda or the peninsula. It is beautiful but commuting over the GG doesn't sound fun to me. If you don't commute, that would be different.

Mar 31, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Moving to North/East Bay

Alameda is where ex-S.F.ers go to raise kids. Albany and El Cerrito is a mix of small town and Berkeley-types moving over the border..basic East Bay.

Mar 31, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Moving to North/East Bay

Also close to Oakland and Berkeley.

Mar 30, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Good vacation rental where I can roast a pig outside?

Vasona Park in Los Gatos has covered picnic areas with industrial sized BBQ pits that lower by chain. You could easily get a pig in there. Reservations needed.

Mar 29, 2015
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Polk St. [San Francisco]

I take my 80 y.o. uncle to Toast at Polk/Sacto, which use to be Bob's Diner back in the day. Still a short order breakfast-y place but comfortable. Nothing special but a good neighborhood place.

Mar 28, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

Anyone try the torta at La Mission or Casa Latina?

Mar 27, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area