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Chow spots on Hesperian (San Lorenzo, Hayward)

5 Guys burgers

Aug 15, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it right for restaurants to stop seating people before closing time?

All you have to do is list: Open 5-10 p.m. Last dinner seating 9 p.m.

Aug 15, 2014
ML8000 in Not About Food

Totally Lost in Embarcadero with Co-Workers [San Francisco]

Tourist can read the interwebz too...

Aug 08, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Grand Lake Kwik Way reopened: drive-thru burgers and fries [Oakland]

Looks like Kwik Way has closed again, for good:

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

Aug 06, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

Andronico's (2 locations in Berkeley) will have what you want, enough for two and you can buy it on Thanksgiving.

Aug 05, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting Restaurant Recommendations

Thursday lunch/dinner - Chez Panisse Cafe, Berkeley. Also in Berkeley: Mexican food, Cancun Taqueria. Lunch would be good. Both are in or close to downtown Berkeley.

SF, lots and lots of choices...

Aug 05, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting Restaurant Recommendations

Recommendation for Berkeley or SF?

Aug 05, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

ethnic markets in EB (esp Afghan/Indian)

There's like half a dozen+ Afghani market in Fremont, along Fremont Blvd./Thornton, within about a 1-2 mile radius. Do a search, there's enough places to drive down and look around.

Also there's an Afro-Caribbean market at 8th/Clay in Oakland.

Aug 04, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Suggestions for lunch w/ a kid near Dolores Park? [San Francisco]

In the Mission? Get a Mission burrito. Many places within walking distance.

Egg Rolls with crispy burnt tips?

Sounds like a regional adaptation/bastardization...like Montreal vs. NYC bagels. I've never seen an egg roll like that, especially the burnt end...but why would I?

Before mass media, regional specialties or differences were more common since word of mouth didn't travel the same way. My mother's family owned/ran a Chinese take-out in Chicago. They definitely made a few dishes differently, like tomato beef. In the Bay Area and HK it's usually a catsup-y and sweet deal that's bright red. In Chicago it was made with black bean, garlic, bell pepper and no sweet stuff except the tomato (in season).

Aug 02, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

Well since this topic has popped up again - what do you consider the #1 Chinese restaurant in San Mateo County?

Aug 01, 2014
ML8000 in Food Media & News

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Value + super late hours (3 a.m.) = drunk food. I always remember the bottom of the take-out bag getting soaked with grease within minutes.

Aug 01, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Glad to see Cancun make it. The al pastor there has been my go to since college, when it was called La Parrilla Suiza. Jesus christ I'm old. Any way, one point of contention...who puts crema on an al pastor burrito? It just dilutes the taste or dumbs it down.

Jul 31, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese Banquet Style with Karaoke? Help pls

How the heck do you reply to a question in the question format?

+1 on Dynasty in Cupertino PeterL. The food is a bit pricey and not as good as places in Millbrae but it's close. The big thing about Dynasty is they seem to set the place up for banquets of all sizes and have a bunch of private rooms, nice, modern, clean...all are hooked up for A/V. The parking lot however is a freakin' maze and bit of hell.

Jul 30, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese Banquet Style with Karaoke? Help pls

What city? There's 9 counties in the Bay Area.

How many SF 49ers football fans really want Vegan food?

That Niner Bacon will only sold in the City of Santa Clara. So it's a Santa Clara thing. The Faithful will love it however.

Jul 28, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

How many SF 49ers football fans really want Vegan food?

BFD, tofu dog, garlic fries and beer are vegan. A tofu curry is a good idea but really, it's not that difficult...but better crank up the hype machine because that's a BILLION dollar stadium and it needs to be paid for! Yup, Vegans dropping coin at a Niners game is going to save that Niner bacon!!!

Jul 27, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

to chez panisse or to not chez panisse, that is the question

You might give old Alice her due. She did change the way American restaurants prepare food, and for the better. (different from changing how people eat)

Look I'm annoyed by her hippie communication skills but the fact remains - Alice Waters had a vision of how things should be done, executed on it and it's been a HUGE influence on modern American restaurants.

I get that some people don't like CP's food. No biggie, personal preference. However to deny AW changed things, well she did. Look up the history.

Jul 26, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

When your family just has to have bread bowls...

It's a touristy thing so just bite the bullet and finish the trip on a happy note. Looking for something better is like arguing over what's in a hot dog...the argument/search will last way longer then eating it.

Also as a touristy thing, few CHs will have tested all or any of the options, so consider that. Your guess is likely as good as anything else.

Jul 24, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

to chez panisse or to not chez panisse, that is the question

Institutional or mothership status doesn't help. It creates hight expectations that sometimes can't be met. Along with the shifts mentioned about reviews/interweb and the quality of other restaurants going up, I think that's what meant by "victim" of its own success.

Jul 23, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Not Dim Sum brunch after getting off plane

+1 Seriously, just eat at the airport. If there's this much drama to figure out a meal after getting off the plane, you'll be happier.

Wine country central location

There's also Willie Bird restaurant, serving their famous turkeys. Kinda divey but great turkey, like someone's mom cooked it.

Jul 19, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

What to Buy at Costco?

Organic maple syrup, grade A dark amber, 1 liter for $13.xx.

The OJ in gallon size are also a good deal.

Jul 17, 2014
ML8000 in Chains

you go away for a week, and the food you miss most is....

Decent produce
Ethnic food options
Artisan stuff

Any one food in particular: Mission burrito

Jul 08, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

I'd refuse if I had to wait in line but if I never had one, sure why not? Regardless, since it's cheap, I'd just satisfy your curiosity. If you're worried of wasting a meal, just do it as a snack. Split a $2 buck single.

p.s. the fries are bad (made from fresh spuds)...but you can order them "extra crispy". The only problem is extra crispy means extra wait since it will be made to order.

Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

It makes little sense. Once a restaurant figures how to hack it, it's over. By hack I mean a simple way to figure out if reservationhop made the reservation. It might be as easy as requesting ID upon arrival, or a verification text. Once a paying customer (to reservationhop) gets rejected, the biz model is in serious trouble.

Jul 08, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

Hahaha, they're trying to sell restaurants something they already own?

Manresa fire

Bummer...

Jul 07, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

The burgers are that cheap. $2 for a single burger, $3.30 for a double cheese. $5.xx for the single combo (burger, fries and drink). It's not that the burger is great but that it's decent with fresh beef and cheap.

Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

To many people a freshly made burger for cheap is a minor revelation, chain or not. Not the best but in the $2-3 buck, non-frozen patty range it might be.

One thing people should realize however - InO is *not* fast food. Not with a 15-20 wait most of the time.