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New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Given the bruhaha over the NYT saying you should put peas in your guacamole, perhaps some regular California guac is in order. Most taquerias will have decent guac, and avocados are in season.

Jul 01, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Most underrated restaurants in San Francisco

Never understood the love for Nick's. Went twice and had mediocre to terrible food both times. Also, their fish tacos pale in comparison to LA, SoCal and Mexico...and way over-priced as well.

Jun 30, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Trip Report: San Francisco with my Foodie Son...

Good point about language vs. nationality/culture. There are non-Mexican Latinos in the Mission, many in the restaurant trade.

On 24th St. there's La Parrilla, Mexican chicken joint. On the front counter use to be all the flags of North/Central and South America, minus the U.S. and Canada. The Mexican flag was the only large flag and all the others were tiny. I laughed but the flags summed up the influence, size and closest neighbor aspect of Mexico but reminded me it's not all Mexican.

Nice report from the OP.

Jun 28, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Drinks before dinner on Fourth Street in Berkeley?

Spengers has old school bartenders and are very skilled. They might be so old school, they might be union.

Jun 26, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Sourdough Revisited

Boy I am out of it. It is HIP, WTF!!!

Jun 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Sourdough Revisited

That might work but who does that any longer? Yes you can toast it too but it's not all that tasty afterwards..hence people don't do so any longer and is probably partly why people don't buy sourdough as often. Worked during the Gold Rush but now we have modern food.

Re-heated dense sour bread just isn't very appealing or it would be a hipster thing already, a pop-up or truck, like the Yee Day Old Reconstituted Sourdough Toast Truck.

Jun 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Sourdough Revisited

So Acme lasts about a day. The difference is old school sourdough is usually much more dense and thus inedible once it goes hard.

Jun 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Sourdough Revisited

Besides the new bakery wave like Acme, I think the reason sour dough went out of favor is the limited shelf life and most people ate a couple of slices at most. Like bagels, sourdough tended to turn into solid projectile objects after a day and there wasn't really a way to refresh it...and no bakery really came up with a better modern version. There was also the real chance of cutting your mouth on day old crust and getting a sour stomach on occasion.

Jun 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Soylent: the protein powder Silicon Valley's techies just can't get enough of

I'm not sure you can call that eating. Drinking certainly.

Jun 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Any reports on Pucquio yet? [Oakland]

FYI: a lot of restaurant prices in Oakland have gone up since March 1, when the new minimum wage law went into effect. I noticed prices were up but some of the places I don't go to reguarly like Miss Ollie's. Noticed prices were up but couldn't say how much.

Basically things went from min wage at $9/hr to $12.35/hr, a 36% increase. It reportedly hit Chinatown pretty hard and prices have crept up. Taco and burrito prices from taco trucks have gone up as well and you notice it on a single item purchase like a burrito. OTOH, I talked to a couple of workers briefly, they just smiled and said the raise was good.

Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

Oakland taco truck crawl, Nido and Miss Ollie's.

Jun 14, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

Thanks for the tip. BTW, Bud's Burger in Vallejo fries their fries in beef tallow. They are excellent.

Jun 11, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Tommy's Joynt [San Francisco]

That is unusual. But hey, they have guys who have worked there 43 years straight. If they paid like a fast food joint, or just non-union, I doubt you'd get that kind of longevity. The two guys at the hof brau counter have been there forever. I've seen the same guys there for 30 years.

Jun 11, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Soylent: the protein powder Silicon Valley's techies just can't get enough of

If you want to live past 40, you have to take care of yourself, including a decent diet. How many hours you work, having an office or commute time makes little difference at 70 hour/week.

Jun 10, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Tommy's Joynt [San Francisco]

My guess, the family took the best offer for what they have in mind and wanted - no changes. It might work, it might not...but at least they tried.

I wouldn't be surprised if the new guy sold everything in a few years...but I certainly hope it stays the same. I guess we'll see.

Jun 10, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Soylent: the protein powder Silicon Valley's techies just can't get enough of

I'm calling some BS here. I once worked a FT job and ran a company on the side that required almost FT attention, basically a 70+ hour work week over 6 days, jumping back and forth, double commuting, and I still had time to eat real food. Certainly there were many days when there was no stop but stopping to get one decent meal, even for 20 minutes helps greatly. In fact eating real food helps keep perspective and gives you a break from the grind. I did this for two years.

How hard is it to pack a sandwich, a piece of fruit and some snack? It's time management. 5 minutes to pack a lunch saves hours of hunger and time scrambling to fine food when hungry, which is never fun.

Here's what I learned from observing younger workers who never leave their desk, eat there and stay late and work 12 hours...either you're doing the work of 2 people (and getting ripped off) or you're really slow and inefficient...or you're scared not to be seen as busy, even if you finished the work.

Whatever the reason, getting up and getting real food and pausing actually helps productivity and reduces eventual burn out.

p.s. isn't the free catered lunch simply a way to get more work out of workers?

Jun 10, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Soylent: the protein powder Silicon Valley's techies just can't get enough of

Link: "Soylent: How I Stopped Eating for 30 Days" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8NCi...

Jun 09, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Soylent: the protein powder Silicon Valley's techies just can't get enough of

Did you guys hear about the new start-up that's boomeranging off Soylent? It's a vacuumized evacuation system that you wear under your clothing like space diapers, so you never have to be bothered with getting up to go, accepts 1 and 2. Soylent and the Fast Track evacuation system plan to co-market their products as the total time saver system. Never get up from your desk ever again!

La Taqueria & Special Place for Cocktails? [San Francisco]

I like Taqueria Cancun for the al pastor. The veggie burrito the quesadilla suiza also gets good reviews. That said, I'd still try La Taqueria.

Jun 07, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

La Taqueria & Special Place for Cocktails? [San Francisco]

I haven't been to LC in probably 2-3 years, so I'm not sure. I'm more a Cancun al pastor fan. It's been consistent since the 80s. Now I eat most of the my burritos off trucks in Oakland.

My sister and a former business colleague like LT a lot. I get it, quality ingredients, well prepared, just not my favorite. I usually get the carnitas taco there. One day I'll try the crispy taco.

Any way, anything that's under $10 bucks, I say just try it. Life is too short to worry about $10 bucks and lunch.

Jun 04, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

La Taqueria & Special Place for Cocktails? [San Francisco]

Go to La Taqueria so you can say you did but forget dinner and understand your experience will be tied to what you order. Everyone has different preferences on what to order and why. Example: taco or burrito, carne asada, carnitas, chicken, etc.

LT isn't my personal favorite taco joint but the food is well prepared and it should very fresh from the high turn over. Also be ready for a line out the door.

Jun 04, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Good restaurant with a hotel attached?

Auberge du Soleil

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

Keller uses frozen french fries as well.

Jun 02, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

I got some small fresh prawns in the tank at Lucky Seafood in Oakland. $6.99/lb. Bought 3 lbs for a prawn fest. They were so good went back a few days later. Except for being small, 3-4", they were great. Less work than crawfish. They didn't look lively but they definitely were when prepping them.

Anyone seen any fresh spot prawns locally? Now that's a seafood that's very underrated in the Bay Area.

Jun 02, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

Here's some reassurance...it's actually semi-difficult to get a bad meal in S.F. if your expectations are reasonable and you're not nuts.

Good thinking on lunch...take more risks at lunch because you'll have dinner to recover. Also a better time to check out busy places, usually.

re: California food, some people think Nopa is basically a hipper Zuni. Nopa's building use to be an old school bank, super high ceilings, lots of hard surfaces/stone. Hard to control noise in those places.

Given there's a budget, I'd pick two splurges, one or two must tries and simply find places near where you'll be doing stuff. If there's one piece of advice I'd give, this is it. Don't kill yourself...like I said, it's difficult to get a bad meal in S.F. The competition is fierce and the rents high, so there's little room for error or pig slop.

May 31, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

brunch tomorrow in the outer mission or excelsior? [San Francisco]

Did it? I checked Yelp and it says it's open.

Could be new owner.

May 31, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Unbelievable low price meals back in the 70' early 80's in SF Bay area!

What you didn't order the prawns at Kwik Way? Perfect stop after DeLauer's.

I remember the Hof Brau where Luka's is now. Definitely a skid row vibe in the 80s but they had Hires RB in a barrel.

The taco truck scene on E 14th was very lively at night. I don't know if it was called Sinaola then but I went a few times, just called it the A&W place. .50ยข tacos...might have been 4/$1.25.

+1 on Bertola's, super cheap drinks and warm bread.

May 31, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

Agree this is arcane information but I think Narsai David has had the longer lasting affect on the Bay Area.

May 31, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

Why not go to Zuni? There's been comments before that Nopa is basically a newer, hipper version of Zuni.

May 31, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

You are correct, someone will tell you it's great or awful. It's your vacation, have fun.