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Shrimp and Grits - SF Dish of the Month January 2014

<looking at yelp> Crapola!! I haven't been in a few months. This is sad :( I looked forward to his shrimp and grits every so often.

Jan 21, 2014
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

Shrimp and Grits - SF Dish of the Month January 2014

OB's in Oakland. It's not just shrimp and grits (which are amazingly good and maybe the best I've had in Bay Area) but the entire experience. 'Nuff said

Hutch: hell no, we won't go.

Jan 21, 2014
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

new chef & menu makeover at Plum [Oakland]

We did the tasting menu without wine pairings: http://www.plumoakland.com/tasting-menu

Oct 08, 2013
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

Desco - Regional Italian in Old Oakland

Appetizers - blah, skip it. Drink wine.

Entrees - pasta: yes! Between the four of us everyone had good things to say about casonsei.

Dessert - good. Standard stuff like zabaione, executed with enough decency and moral support.

Oct 08, 2013
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

new chef & menu makeover at Plum [Oakland]

I've been to all versions of Plum. The first Plum was by far the best and it went downhill from there.

The most recent version with the chef from Haven is a step in the right direction, back toward the umm light. The portions are minuscule. You need a microscope and pincers to eat but at least the food doesn't suck.

Worth a visit? Yes. Worth a repeat visit? Not yet..

Oct 08, 2013
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

Oliveto - Tomato dinner

Like someone said, it's about the execution. Always. Historically, the hype has been high but the executioni left something to be desired, at least in my book. Yes over the years and scores of these theme dinners the output was better than average, maybe even much better but this is Oliveto and the bar should be darn high. This time the kitchen was on the level.

Salmon with tomato mousse
Mascarpone ice cream with tomato(ed) caramel and walnuts

In exchange for those, I can listen to Paul talk about consommes for 15 minutes

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Oliveto Cafe
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

Sep 16, 2010
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

Lalime's - the George Morrone era

Just ate there today. Morrone is indeed gone. The menu can be described as Jaramillo-ish with Morrone influences. Some old items are back, some new stuff but overall the 'old' menu is definitely back, not much of Morrone left. Didn't get the name of the interim/new chef but it's not Jaramillo. I am hoping Jaramillo will not be back.

Apr 18, 2010
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

B restaurant Oakland/ been there?

Two thumbs down on this place.

We went yesterday for dinner and it was terrible. The service was slow (in a virtually empty place), the food was worse. We had yukon potatoes/egg/bacon pizza, salmon entree and wild boar sliders. The pizza was burned and I mean BURNED to the point where the base looked like pressed ashes from a house fire. The wild boar mini-burgers were barely warm, the potato chips (billed as some kind of fries) that came with it were waaaay salty and this is coming from a man who likes salt on everything. Salmon was okay. We did not risk trying desserts.

Might be worth it for lunch but I will not return for dinner.

Dec 23, 2006
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

Overrated disappointments

(to the tune of Whitesnake) Gary Danko, here I come again!! Actually I haven't been to Cyrus yet or Ame. Must check the hype :)

Dec 16, 2006
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

Yuzu (San Mateo, sushi) updater -- too steep for Sushi Monster

Great research. How about you do the same thing for SF and East Bay? You can be the Zagat of sushi...clearly a business opportunity waiting to happen :)

Dec 05, 2006
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

Margherita Pizza in East Bay

Another vote for Bucci's margherita. I was also underwhelmed at Pizzaiolo but I will give them another try one of these days now that they take reservations. Oliveto's pizza is the worst in East Bay (even Lanesplitters is better!) and I say that as Oliveto's #1 fan and frequent customer.

Dec 05, 2006
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

Overrated disappointments

"Everyone" includes the public and the press.

Sep 06, 2006
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

Overrated disappointments

By the public and the press; we don't live in a CH aquarium. Virtually all restaurants get mixed reviews on this board.

Having said that, I vow to read CH daily and meticulously track the reviews for all Bay Area restaurants. As soon as I'll see a statistically valid set of positive reviews for a restaurant, I'll know it's okay with you to claim it as worthy of overrated criticism.

Sep 06, 2006
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

2nd Best Restuarant in Berkeley?

Oliveto, hands down. Personally, I prefer it to Chez Panisse. The 3rd would be tough for me. I can't really think of Pizzaiolo or Dopo or Pearl's or a few other excellent restaurants in Broakland as being in the same league with Oliveto and CP.

Sep 05, 2006
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area

Overrated disappointments

Overrated: Manresa, Incanto, Gary Danko (except the cheese cart) and that perennial favorite of Berkeley crowd, Sketch (yuck). I am neutral on Michael Mina and I do like Fifth Floor very much so there.

Mr. Smart

Sep 01, 2006
MrSmart in San Francisco Bay Area