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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

Anyone try the torta at La Mission or Casa Latina?

Mar 27, 2015
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Takeout ideas for bar party (San Francisco)

Tamale Lady.

Mar 26, 2015
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Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

Speaking of like Texas chili, any of you goat fans have or make goat chili?

Mar 26, 2015
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Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

Gregoire serves some very nice sandwiches, and the selection rotates. Fried Chicken is good.

Mar 25, 2015
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Dining on Sunday in SF - close-ish to BART

Zuni Cafe... half a mile from Civic Center BART.

Mar 23, 2015
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Alton Brown is in town, what would you recommend him to eat?

Google cafeteria

Mar 21, 2015
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SF Trip report from a Londoner

After winning the 538.org best burrito in the nation designation, La Taqueria has become a zoo. Lines out the door all day. Lots of tourist wanting the best, yada, yada. Heck it's not even the best burrito in SF to me, or on Mission St.

The burritos aren't bad, quality ingredients..but man they've been so anglo-ized or Californicated, it really is on the bland side.

Very tentative tourist plans, open to suggestions!

FYI: some of those places you can have lunch at, like Zuni. That gives your options, or frees up a slot.

Mar 19, 2015
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Saturday night (price conscious) Mission suggestions [San Francisco]

I'm a big fan of Zaruella. Parking can be a major hassle given the neighborhood. They do have a valet and while I'm opposed to using them in general, if your schedule is tight I would.

If this is a themed dinner w/ flamenco, consider the Spanish Cultural Center/Patio Espanol in the Outer Mission, although I don't know their hours. Either way, it should be closer. If I recall they had a large free parking lot. I think I was there in 2001. Don't remember the food but had a general positive recollection.

BTW, for the parents don't want to spend...family style dining is the way to go. Family platters coming out tends to make them just eat and enjoy and worry less about the bill. You know when you go to a place that plates for each diner..and they always pick the least expensive thing and kind of mope about? Hard to do that when plates are passed around and everyone shares.

NYT Mark Bittman finds the Monterey Market. [Berkeley, Ca]

The great produce, but also the lack of pretense and very fair prices is what makes both MM and BB. We can thank the Japanese American community in general for these sensibilities and their long connection/involvement to local farming and of course the stores. When I think of these kind of mom and pop places I think "making a living" and moving product as opposed to making a killing and branding.

NYT Mark Bittman finds the Monterey Market. [Berkeley, Ca]

I don't know but he says he may move here. Normally I'd give a NY'er a load of flack but perhaps he'll do a few restaurant reviews to balance things out. It would nice to have a heavyweight to balance out the local food journalism, not that the East Bay writers are bad...but can you imagine Bauer writing about vegetables like that? Also he totally got the backyard BBQ thing.

Mar 18, 2015
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NYT Mark Bittman finds the Monterey Market. [Berkeley, Ca]

Hahaha, imagine reading that while it's 35 out, like in NY.

The comment section is worth reading. One comment has Bittman at UC public health school telling people he thought he'd keep MM a secret..but of course he didn't or couldn't.

West Oakland Suggestions

Right, odon...should have said noodles.

Only other thing to add, the service at Miss Ollie's can be slow but the waitstaff is pleasant. Given the food and prices, it can be over looked.

Mar 18, 2015
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West Oakland Suggestions

2nd Miss Ollie's. No need for Uber, just take BART to 12th St. station and walk a few blocks. Fried Chicken and slow pork.

Also other stuff happening in the area or same building: Cosecha (Mexican), b-dama (ramen, gets good review)...but they are communal tables. Also a few places to get a drink: Trapist and a few others. If nothing else you can look around.

Best Asian food in sf for lunch

Burmese...do a search.

Din tai Fung comes to Bay Area

I had DTF in Arcadia and the old Shanghai Dumpling king within a week of each other...SDK was easily better. However SDK has since changed owners. Any way, are DTFs franchised?

Mar 14, 2015
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Best Chowder and Crab Fisherman's Wharf? [San Francisco]

If you want the full chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, just go to Boudin.

Mar 12, 2015
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Quick and Healthy Fast Food in the bay area?

This is also to MagicMarkR... let me rephrase the question.

Is there any healthy fast food anywhere that you pick solely on flavor and taste?

I don't consider falafel fast food, most like street food...but yes they can be very tasty. BTW, food trucks are often very slow.

Mar 09, 2015
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Quick and Healthy Fast Food in the bay area?

Can you give some examples of tasty food at fast food places that is healthy?

Mar 09, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area