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Does anyone remember King Cotton [San Rafael] or The Hippo [San Francisco] ?

Great find. The Liberationburger, lol! The owner had a great sense of humor. I also like the quote and link you provided about the owner. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 04, 2013
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Does anyone remember King Cotton [San Rafael] or The Hippo [San Francisco] ?

I remember Hippo. My junior high school used to go on a field trip there every a year. Hippo Burger and a play. It was the first time I'd ever tasted Béarnaise sauce. So yummy on a burger! I vividly recall one of my classmates getting a Cannibal Burger (raw) and someone else getting a hamburger sundae. Yes, with ice cream, hot fudge sauce (I think), and a pickle! I, too, think of it fondly every time I go by the location.

Dec 02, 2013
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Norwegian Gammelost?

I was at a party last weekend and met a very nice lady visiting from Norway. She told me about "Old Cheese" that she eats every day for breakfast because of its health benefits. When I asked her if I could try some she told me that it is so stinky nobody likes it. I LOVE smelly cheese and finally convinced her to let me try it. I tried it and yes, its taste is very strong indeed, but I quite liked it. By the time I had my third cheese and cracker I was hooked.

Does anyone know where I can purchase Gammelost in the San Francisco Bay Area? I would love to have some more of that stinky goodness. Yum!!

Oct 11, 2013
ubetty in Cheese

"Dittmer's has reopened! [Los Altos]

Hooray!! How I have missed their brats and merguez, drool. Thank you for the update; I'm going to pedal right over.

Aug 10, 2012
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch in Kailua/Kaneohe recs?

This might be too late for you, but I just got back from Kaneohe/Kailua and can tell you what I liked. I totally agree with Joebob, Pah Ke's was terrific; BYOB. I'm still dreaming about the dinner I had there. The bigger the group the better. The Grove in Kailua was excellent, especially the small plates. Specific recommendations: fries, poke, fried shisito peppers, brussels sprouts salad (squee!) fish sandwich, and fisherman's stew (dinner only). Aikahi Shopping Center has two gems: 1) Willow Tree Korean restaurant (I had the spicy pork, kalbi, cold noodle salad, amazing kimchee) , and 2) Tamura's Liquor Store which has a fresh poke deli in the back of the store. Good selection, free samples, best poke I had on the island.

Aug 06, 2012
ubetty in Hawaii

Steakout, unusual grass-fed hamburgers, downtown Mountain View

Since eatzalot's review over a year ago (!) I have been trying to make it down to Steakout. Last Saturday's warm summer night seemed like the perfect time to ride our bicycles downtown and mack on some beef 'n beer. Mr. UBetty hates standing in line so he was able to get his gripes out early before settling in for his meal. I used the line time review the many burger and beer choices. Mr. UBetty chose the Undressed with blue cheese. I was in the mood for something spicier and went with the Hot Lips (pickled jalapenos, red onion, pepper jack and chipotle aioli). And hey, they asked how we wanted the burgers cooked. Who does that anymore?

We liked the bier garten atmosphere and enjoyed sharing a table with some nice folks with two sweet, bell-behaved doggies. The mood outdoors was lively with a raucous group of Giants fans at the southeast corner well on their way to tomorrow's hangovers. Fun stuff. We got our beer at the order counter, both of us ordering beers I am not used to seeing in the area, the Kostrizer Schwarzbier for me and Eel River's Double IPA for him. About 15 minutes later the burgers and fries arrived. Dang, these burgers were good!

The potato brioche buns were amazing. I am usually that obnoxious diner who picks off and discards any extra bread. It's just something to hold everything else together, right? Not so in this case. I ate the entire bun! I could even smell the yeast. (Yes, I am one of those weirdos who sniffs bread.) I was happily inhaling my spicy Hot Lips when Mr. UBetty started waxing on and on about the wonderful flavor of the beef. It was then I realized my error. I couldn't taste the meaty goodness through all those pickled jalapenos. Doh! Normally I would kvetch if 1) there weren't enough jalapenos and 2) they weren't spicy enough. For this burger they were overkill so out they came with about 2/3 of the onions. Now my burger was perfect. Why pay for this kind of meat if you can't enjoy that little hint of grass-fed gaminess? Also, it was super juicy and required numerous napkins, another good sign. Mine was cooked perfectly medium-rare, Mr. UBetty's was a bit overdone but he still enjoyed it. Next time I am going with the Undressed with blue cheese. Gotta agree with bbulkow that beef and blue cheese are the best. I was a fool to have strayed.

The russet fries were perfect, crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. They must have fried them just before serving us because they remained hot until the last one. They weren't garlic fries or the sweet potato fries, just regular french fries cooked as they should be.

There were a couple of comments above about size of the burger. For me a 5 oz. patty, which is what they serve, is perfect. Mr. UBetty and I each had a burger, shared an order of fries, and our beers. I was too full for another beer. The mister enjoyed a second brewskie while I people-watched. It was a very full patio and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Most were stuffing their faces with burgers or dogs, a few were just enjoying the beer selection, and most everyone was very cordial about making space for those who had just ordered.

I skimmed through the previous comments and it seems that Steakout has worked out their problems with running out of grass-fed beef. Now they source it regularly through Marin Sun Farms, as confirmed by the waiter Barrisch (love him!).

The crowd next to us were mowing through a variety of sausages and one veggie burger. They all said they liked what they ordered. The veggie guy in particular loved his selection which was a falafel patty instead of the usual Garden Burger.

All in all it was an excellent burger experience and I love the bier garten ambiance. (Anyone remember the old Heidelberg Beer Gardens off of 237? Sigh.) I will definitely go back to Steakout.

Jul 24, 2012
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Los Jalapeños - Mountain View

bbulkow, you've got me there, LOL! I think the good ones are few and far between. I have had what I consider to be a decent torta ahogada at 5 Spot Chivas Grill in San Jose and Tortas Ahogadas Mi Barrio in Oakland. Mi Barrio is rather plain-looking (OK, I'm being very kind here) from the outside and I would never have gone there had the place not been recommended to me. Big plus, they had a soccer game on the TV and that's how I was trained to eat these drowned sandwiches...torta ahogada, beer, and soccer, sigh. I don't find myself in Oakland very often though, and I recall they had goofy hours of operation.

Jul 21, 2012
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk food recommendations?

I'm happy to report that the Boardwalk has definitely improved its food options. Used to be all you could get was hamburgers, hotdogs and fried everything else. Last night we saw a fruit stand (long-sliced fresh fruit in a cup), roasted whole corn on a stick, numerous sandwich options such as gyros, Philly cheesesteak, grilled chicken. We also noticed different kinds of wraps, tacos and rice bowl options. Of course we all had to do our traditional annual Cajun Corndog which is a big hot link enveloped in a puffy cornbread coating. Not bad at all for what it is. I haven't had a better one anywhere else, although admittedly I rarely eat corndogs. We shared an order of garlic fries, heavily loaded with fresh, raw garlic. Next time I'm going to try the fresh roasted corn. A lot of people seemed to be enjoying that.

Didn't have room for dessert. Next time. The Italian Ice cart looked good, and Marini's candy is usually a good bet.

Jun 26, 2012
ubetty in California

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk food recommendations?

It's summertime and that means 1907 days ($1.00 rides on Mon and Tues) at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We're heading over there tomorrow to ride the Giant Dipper until our backsides ache, throw brass rings from the carousel, enjoy sunset from the rickety Ferris Wheel, and indulge in some of our favorite culinary guilty pleasures. I'm generally not a huge fan of boardwalk food and usually stick to the Cajun Corndog, freshly fried of course. (I do have my standards, such as they are.) One of the group insists we go to Marini's for dessert, i.e. chocolate-covered bacon. I'm probably not a deep-fried Twinkie or cheesecake kind of person, some of the boardwalk food is a little scary, but I don't want to miss out on any hidden gems either. Anybody have any boardwalk favorites we should try?

Jun 24, 2012
ubetty in California

Los Jalapeños - Mountain View

It took two tries but I finally had a chance to sample the Torta Ahogada at Los Jalapeños. I am by no means an expert on these sandwiches and I have never been to Guadalajara, but I have a good friend from there who claims she is *the* Tortas Ahogadas expert. Maria is very particular about these sandwiches and she has made them for me numerous times, always while watching futbol.

Meat - Los J fill theirs with their very good carnitas. I prefer my carnitas crispy fried and that's how Los J makes theirs. They don't skimp on the filling.

Sauce - It does taste similar to my friend Maria's sauce. Maria claims the sauce should be made from chiles, not tomatoes, and Los J's sauce tastes that way. One thing I like, they give you a little container of super fiery sauce on the side so you can adjust the spice how you like it.

Bread - Didn't seem to be quite as good as the birote rolls my friend makes. The bread (baguette?) got a little soggier and squishier than Maria's homemade rolls. To be fair, what could be better than homemade by an expert?

Condiments - The torta is served with pickled onions (cebollas encurtidas) and fresh lime, the tang from these were a nice contrast to the meaty, spicy-soaked torta.

TV - No soccer, just some dumb movie.

All in all, I wasn't blown away by the Torta Ahogada at Los Jalapeños, but it is one of the better ones I have had around here and will provide a good cure for the ahogada jones. I think next time I'll get it to go, come home, open a cold beer and watch soccer on Univision.

The first time I stopped by (no ahogadas on Mondays) I ordered their Shrimp Cocktail. Usually this is served room temp but since it was 92 degrees out they offered to chill it down for me. It was one of the best coctel's I have had. Ever. Including the U.S. and Mexico. It was a schooner goblet filled with delicious prawns and cubed avocado swimming in a soupy sauce of tomato, lime, peppers, onions, cilantro and I don't know what else. For $8.99 I got 8 sweet and plump prawns and at least 1/2 large avocado cubed. The sauce was tangy with lime, but not too sour; it was perfectly balanced with no ingredient bullying the other. The prawns were very fresh and perfectly cooked. It is served with 3 tostadas, from the package but crispy and not at all stale.

Decor could use some help, but the owner Lorena is a doll. I'll definitely be back for the shrimp cocktail, another try at the ahogada, and whatever else Lorena might recommend.

Jun 19, 2012
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Los Jalapeños - Mountain View

I am forewarned. I have never had a decent Torta Ahogada in this area so I'm looking forward to trying theirs. I'll just have to try their Tacos Al Pastor if they don't have Ahogada, but I'll keep checking.

Jun 10, 2012
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Los Jalapeños - Mountain View

Torta Ahogadas?!? Squeeeee!! I am so there. I live in Mountain View. How did I not know about this place? Oh, just checked and it's off of El Camino in a strip mall. Thanks for the heads up.

Address is:
820 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94041

Jun 10, 2012
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for breakfast in Brisbane, SoCity with Gma

Sorry I screwed up those links. I'm an idiot. Better to look them up online. But hey, two votes for Alana's and I hadn't even read gmk's post when I commented.

Dec 30, 2011
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for breakfast in Brisbane, SoCity with Gma

Hello fellow lingonberry lover. Are you thinking of Millbrae Pankcake House? I believe they are still there on El Camino. I haven't been there in quite a while but I recall they had decent biscuits and gravy, not exactly healthy but oh so good. I used to like going to Alana's in downtown Burlingame. As I recall it is a step (or two) up from the typical diner experience. They have healthier options like a fruit and yogurt parfait and you can still get your Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries. Maybe Burlingame is a little too South and inland though. Good luck!http://www.chow.com/restaurants/5809/...
Millbrae Pancake House

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Millbrae Pancake House
1301 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

Dec 30, 2011
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Cleaning up pots after boiling fresh dungeness crab.

I use Kleen King stainless steel cleaner on my All-Clad. It cleans all that crabby residue right up. I got it at the supermarket but can't remember which one, it was a while ago. I've heard Bar Keepers Friend (at Bed Bath and Beyond I think) will clean SS, but I have never tried it. I'd be interested to hear other recommendations of the more homespun variety. Have you tried some white vinegar? That is usually my go-to cleaner before I try anything else but I don't know how it will work on the crab goodness.

Nov 29, 2011
ubetty in Cookware

Quince source on the Peninsula?

Yesterday I purchased some fresh quinces at Mi Pueblo market on Rengstorff Ave in MV. I'll bet the Mi Pueblo by IKEA in Palo Alto has some, they are a much bigger store. Generally I go to the Latin produce markets or grocery stores to get quince (membrillo). Is Sigona's still in Redwood City? They might have quinces. However like I said, the Latin produce markets are usually the most reliable resource for fresh quinces. Good luck!

Nov 24, 2011
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Honeymooners coming to San Fran! Looking for a unique local spot.

I like Town's End restaurant on Townsend and Embarcadero. The menu is very reasonably priced, location is near the water (across the street) so a pre or after dinner stroll along the bay and/or marina area is a bonus. Parking is usually not a huge problem unless there is a game going on as it's near the ballpark. The food is very good quality, reasonably-priced wine list, and the staff is extremely nice. If your friends call ahead and let them know they are on honeymoon the staff or chef/owner will likely reserve them a window table with a view. I keep my boat at South Beach and eat here often.

Apr 12, 2011
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Hosting Baby Shower near Union City

I work in Union City and myst is right about the selections. I agree with Pasta Pomodoro, it's a nice place, decent food and prices, and accommodating staff. PP is located in Union Landing right off the freeway; some other restaurants in the same location are Chevy's, TGIFriday, and Gerry's as previously noted.

Tyme for Tea is a tea house located in the Niles/Fremont area. As I recall their hours are somewhat limited to lunch and afternoon tea.

Apr 12, 2011
ubetty in San Francisco Bay Area

Please help! I just opened a can of Coco Lopez' Cream of Coconut...

I have also been using Coco Lopez for years and did have a bad can once. It had a slight brownish hue to it and smelled a little rancid. I stupidly made a drink out of it anyway and after a few sips had to chuck it all, blech. I have never seen a can with a pinkish tinge. Almost every can I've had has been separated so that's normal. You could try contacting Coco Lopez directly through their website (and also mention to them about their date codes) . Does your cake taste OK? Now I'm curious too. Good luck.

Feb 19, 2011
ubetty in General Topics

Favorite flavored potato chips? Probably not Coney Island Hot Dog with Mustard

Blair's Death Rain Habañero is my hands-down favorite chip but these suckers are HOT. Best paired with a cold brew to ease the "pain."

Sep 14, 2006
ubetty in General Topics