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Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

Rouge's burgers are indeed mesquite grilled, all the time- (full disclosure- I work there) We don't have a griddle or gas grill, though it is a damn shame that greyelf got a burger that was not cooked right. The fire could've been too cool, or the burger ordered rare, which does not give it a lot of time over the fire. But it also sounds like the meat was worked too much, not salted enough. Not okay!

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

I know the owner, Dave Samiljan, and we had a talk about it, and he told me he was trying to make am In n Out inspired burger, " with out the scary meat"

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

has it changed? different version, you mean?

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

I don't think I've mentioned this yet, but I'm a HUGE fan of Baron's Meats' (high end butcher shop in Alameda Marketplace) new burger counter, Baron's Eats. In 'n Out inspired, but nicer meat. Fresh ground beef (not sure which ranch) from the butcher shop across the way is smash griddled with lard, the phenomenal buns that Feel Good Bakery makes (richer than pan di mie, old school squishy type), also griddled with lard, cheese, chipotle mayo, pickles etc. Have yet to try the Bacon Burger- essentially 51% beef, 49% bacon ground together. An amazing hidden burger. Park St. GOT TO GO. also crazy good pullman loaf sandwiches.

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

The burger at Plum, which you can get at Plum bar too, is PHENOMENAL. absolutely remarkably delicious. Perfect brioche bun, house ground meat, some crazy two cuts ground together, housemade everything, even a bunch of nice cheeses blended together as the cheese schmear on top. Out of this world good. Just wish it wasn't in Plum, and it was some casual place!

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

Grazzy burger has been disappointing to me in its execution. When I go (used to live right there but i moved) i now order rare in a desperate attempt for med rare or medium. Kale chips are bomb. Some of their weird burger combos are actually good though, and the bun is a delicious acme pan di mie roll. Fries are extra though, which is stupid.

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

True that...we've upped it on our brewery list for this reason. an old school bun, thick fries, pickles, the norm, and a very solid old school style burger cooked right. I also like the baked potatoes here...

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

For an old school burger, Oscar's on San Pablo in Albany is awesome. In and Out in Pinole is unbeatable for a small chain. Love that bun. Agree with Victory burger by actual, and I'd also throw in the burger at Bureau 510. Strangely sous vided (as in, Why sous vide a burger besides keeping it consistently cooked during fast services...) but great toppings too, like a salisbury steak gravy and mushrooms onthe burger! good beers at happy hour too

Pretzel Sausage/Hot Dog Buns?

Ive actually been on the hunt myself, and found out that the Whole Foods in Oakland makes their own pretzel roll in the bakery, a dollar a piece, daily. good luck. and oktoberfeast's pretzel croissant continues to be the bomb...

Sandwiches in the East Bay

I know this is very late to the game- but I'd like to add the fantastic German deli The Junket in Albany. Its in the El Cerrito Plaza next to trader joes, and they make awesome, straight up delicious sandwiches to order. You can also get a properly poured German beer on tap! The little shop in the deli also sells English and German products for expats

Breakfest East Bay

I've been to Aunt Mary's since we last talked, and lordy was it horrible!! Have never been for brunch to try the great things they say they have, but i wont be going again. The homemade cornbread was absolutely the best thing going, and everything seemed positive. Then the food arrived- most sad, dried out overcooked chicken ever sitting on a waffle. I dont even know why i got it, when the waitress told me they only use skinless boneless chicken breasts for the upgrade to friend chicken. They do that because its easier, and people who eat white meat are harder to please, but it was cooked to shit. / shoe leather. I told the waitress it was pretty bad, and she took it off my tab. My boyfriend got a very bland (aka diner version of mexican food, what do you expect) huevos rancheros plate. He was bummed.
On another note, Tacubaya's chiliaquiles were Phenomenal this morning! fluffy buttery eggs, awesome sauced chips, great michelada...only gripe is its so pricey....$6.50 for churros??

Breakfest East Bay

Sunnyside is good, but definitely not great prices! We went a couple weeks ago, and got a crazy giant french toast with eggs and ham and something else- tons and tons of food, but kind of just okay taste wise. I got eggs blackstone, which was good. nice outdoor seating though.
My favorites:
Tacubaya- usually great churros, strong coffee and good chilaquiles- get there before 12 when it gets packed
Cockadoodle cafe in old oakland (bwtn 7th and 8th ..cant remember exactly, near the courthouse)
great breakfasts, mexican influence, great people delicious specials, and a shady patio if i remember. havent been there in a while
Mamas Royal- fresh squeezed oj, great hash, quality meat and ham used, good diner-y breakfast
Sam's Log Cabin- very homemade tasting, good pancakes and corncakes, cash only i think, nice nice people, strong coffee
Cana (sorry, cant do the enyay) on grand ave was really cool, not amazing, but definitely a menu i want to go back and eat more of- cuban food
And heads up- i cook so i dont go out to eat at these places on weekends- i have NO idea who's too packed to bother on sat/sun, though i think mamas royal and tacubaya definitely have a wait

St. Patty's Day East Bay

I've been looking, too, and I think I'm going to head to the Up and Under in Point Richmond. Beckett's is great, and is going to be much more authentically Irish, and I'd go there for corned beef during the day, but night time is going to be a MAD house. they'll be irish music and wall to wall people. I'm just looking for a good corned beef plate, and this other chowhound review of the up and under was pretty complimentary: http://www.chow.com/restaurants/91450...

Dogfish Head on Draft plus food

You ready for an awesome answer?? Sea Salt in Berkeley has it on tap, AND its $3 during their TWO happy hours (3-6 and 10-12 pm). Great bar snacks during those times, including the grilled oysters and ahi tuna slider, as well as the very awesome regular menu. go now.

Fondue...tried and true recipes?

no this is great! thank you, really! its just that there are billions of recipes out there, and i have a few old old fondue cook books, and i really don't want to make a ho hum or worse a failing cheese sauce....thanks for your recipe- have a great night, amanda

Feb 25, 2010
rabbitblue in Home Cooking

Fondue...tried and true recipes?

thanks you all! these are some great recipe and dipper ideas... I will let you know how awesomely it turns out-amanda

Feb 25, 2010
rabbitblue in Home Cooking

Fondue...tried and true recipes?

I'm going to have a fondue party this week, since its nice and rainy and good for melted cheese and chocolate. I've seen a few great recipes on here (the fontina and gruyere one with riesling sounds like a slam dunk). Does anyone have any good beer and cheddar recipes? Or chocolate or other dessert fondue recipes? Let me know if you have an absolutely must-make recipe...thanks guys
amanda

Feb 24, 2010
rabbitblue in Home Cooking

Crab feed urgency!

I am die-hard Dungeness crab lover, and also a cook, which means I've never been able to attend a crab feed in the last decade- they all fall on the weekends. Suddenly my days off have changed to Thursday and Friday. Does anyone have a lead to a good crab feed within an hour or two of Berkeley? MUCHO obliged!! xoxyum yum crab, amanda

Do you buy seasonal produce?

http://www.cuesa.org/seasonality/char...

Scotto - here's one for you
amanda

Apr 06, 2009
rabbitblue in General Topics

Crab Feed Equipment

oh ps- be SURE to preorder your crabs, just to avoid last minute freak out. Tokyo Fish is great, 99 Ranch is of course dirt cheap.

Crab Feed Equipment

I totally agree, having done a boil a few months ago. Well salt the water, like the sea, and a bit of garlic powder is great too (i am not a fan of crab boil seasoning), and one more tip- no matter how much i adore melted butter for my crab, when i did crab for a dozen people, big bowls of garlicky homemade aioli is a WAY more sane idea.(and will also go great with a bowl of roasted potatoes or other veg, and grilled bread, to keep people busy while youre finishing up) Good luck! its going to be great.

Tacubaya report

you absolutely did not miss out by not going to dona.. tacuybaya is delicious and the way good mexican food should be, and btw you can swing by the saturday morning ferry plaza farmers market or the sunday morning farmers market in oakland at the DMV on claremont and get bags of blue bottle beans to take home. but im distracted- I stand firmly on this- i do NOT understand the following Dona Tomas has. The food is not worth the price, and the last (and i mean last) time i went, i had a carnitas plate that was dry and not breaking any ground my local taqueria hadnt already, and made me crave La Calaca down the street- same delicious high quality niman ranch meat (same as tacubaya), done in a fun and comfortably causual way, no huge bill. Dont get me wrong- i love my fine dining. i just have yet to find (and i insist it doesnt exist around here) fine Mexican dining that satisfies and executes as well as a superb taqueria.

Piedmont Ave./Oakland area

Oh and sitting at the bar at Aki Sushi is a blast. The sushi is very fresh- i even have cravings for their rice on occasion! Sake is a bit over priced though.

Piedmont Ave./Oakland area

I whole-heartedly recommend Dopo! Excellent pizzas, from the Oliveto school of pizzamaking, housemade charcuteries with Niman Ranch meats- mortadella rules, and now that they've expanded, raw fish dishes that are just delicious. Servers are sweet and sincere, and the place is easy to relax in. Any wait is worth it for dopo- oh and the desserts are great too. Still don't get why people love Cesar. Good wine selection and those fries with fried herbs are great. Atmosphere is much more festive, but other than that, the food is weeeeaaak.