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Breakfast / brunch in the Berkeley / Oakland area

I went to Doyle St Cafe about a month ago for the first time with a couple of people and everything we had was excellent. It's nestled in an out of the way corner but seems like plenty of folks have discovered as the place was packed.

Mar 03, 2014
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

I know it's part of a small chain, but Eureka! Burger in Berkeley does a pretty good burger, cooked to order, thick, juicy patty. Personally I really enjoyed the Jalapeno Fried Egg Burger. Remodeled space into a sports bar/ lounge, with occassional live music.

Jan 16, 2014
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy ginger beer in bulk?

personally I think it's the gingeriest and cleanest tasting one on the market. it's bite is quite strong if you know what i mean, and it isn't for everyone, but the ginger kick is why I like it so much. a lot of bars use it specifically for their cocktails.

Dec 23, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy ginger beer in bulk?

Fever Tree is my favorite. You can usually get it at BevMo.

Dec 19, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Desperate to find another Chinese restaurant in Albany/Berkeley

i think the new King Tsin is worth a try. But it's a different kind of chinese from Yummy.

Dec 07, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

King Tsin - Under New Management [Berkeley]

I've gone twice now to check it out. It seems to me that the regular menu is really trying to go in direct competition with CV. I ordered the spicy garlic sliced pork belly and the spicy beef stew with flat rice noodle soup. Both were excellent, sizeable portions. Prices are a bit higher, but the quality and variety of dishes are much improved in my opinion.

I also ordered from the lunch menu and the offerings are pretty standard as ernie pointed out, but I actually thought the portions were pretty good. Soup, salad, spring roll, chicken wing included as starters. So it seemed a really good deal to me even at the higher $7.50-9.00 prices. And for lunch, I actually had to bag up some of it since I didn't want to go into a food coma going back to the office.

Dec 06, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Dungeness Crab Prices 2013/2014 Season

The smaller sized ones were also going for $3.99 /#.

Dec 04, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

King Tsin - Under New Management [Berkeley]

It just reopenned after being closed for a couple of weeks for a remodel. From the signs, the menu and staff are completely new. Anyone checked it out yet? My understanding is the Grand Opening was on 11/30/13.

Dec 03, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

best fried chicken

Has anyone tried the FC at Pican in Oakland since the chef change?

Nov 29, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner for quasi-bachelor party near Trappist in downtown Oakland

Ditto on Miss Ollie's and if you guys want a pre or post dinner snack there's Rosamunde next door.

Nov 21, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Zachary's Chicago Pizza - yay or nay? [Berkeley]

Spinach Mushroom for both Zachary's and Little star, Paxti's Fennel Sausage. Not an equal comparison...but still.

Aug 30, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Zachary's Chicago Pizza - yay or nay? [Berkeley]

take it for what it is, but my friends and I recently did a head to head to head competition of Zachary's vs Little Star vs Paxti's and surprisingly, amongst the 10 of us comparing the 3, we all came to the conclusion that Zachary's was the favorite. I think the main thing is that we took it to go, and I believe that's the key. Zachary's seems to hold up better on the go, whereas I think the other too would be superior if eaten right out of the oven at location.

Aug 30, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Astonishing condiment at Ao Sen [Oakland]

Half the fun is the wrapping process and getting your hands dirty for Bun Cha Hanoi, same goes for Banh Xeo. Besides, theirs is one of the better ones in the Oakland area.

Aug 23, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Cha Am, Berkeley

Cha Am is a perfectly fine if not super creative Thai restaurant. If the purpose for you and your buddies to get together and catch up, maybe it'll be better that you are going to Cha Am so that it doesn't completely become a foodcentric conversation.

If you are looking for something a little more creative, I actually think Sweet Basil on Solano Ave has improved a lot since I first went there.

Aug 09, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheap-ish dinner in Berkeley, but still sit-down

Kiraku is a fun place for catching up with friends. Izakaya style though, so while most plates are pretty cheap, you'll probably want to order several and share. it's on the smallish side, so call ahead, depending on the day it can be hard to get a seat for a bigger group.

Jul 10, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Hummus - SF Dish of the Month July 2013

I really like the hummus topped with lamb or beef shawarma at Zaki's Kabob House in Albany. It's listed as a starter, but with some extra pita it's a full meal in itself.

Jul 08, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area
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Oakland Chinatown--best of, by restaurant

Banh Cuon Tay Ho is good in general for vietnamese food. The Banh Cuon is good, the banh xeo, and bun rieu.

Jun 14, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area
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Banh Xeo - SF Dish of the Month May 2013

Glad you enjoyed it. I had the same experience the last time I had it there.

May 31, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Banh Xeo - SF Dish of the Month May 2013

My girlfriend makes a great Banh Xeo at home but she introduced me to something that I was not familiar with as I was growing up eating Banh Xeo, which is cooking steamed yellow mung bean into the crepe. This adds an interesting texture and flavor to the dish which I have grown to enjoy. Anyone seen this technique in the Banh Xeos they have tried in a restaurant? I know for sure it isn't done everywhere since I've only been introduced to it more recently.

May 07, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Banh Xeo - SF Dish of the Month May 2013

Anh Hong in Berkeley had a good one. Though I haven't been there in over a year.

May 01, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Graduation Dinner- East Bay/SF

while I am by no means a big fan of either restaurant or their parent company, I do think that's an unfair statement particularly because there isn't even beef wellington on either of their menus. just saying.

May 01, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Graduation Dinner- East Bay/SF

Of those mentioned, IMO Lungomare would be most interesting in terms of food and quality. Though the water view from that particular space isn't the best.

For the view and safe food, Skates on the Bay or Dead Fish, and possibly East Ocean if your grandparents are okay with Chinese food. Skates from what I've heard just had a remodel this past year and new kitchen staff heading it up. Not clear on if it was an actual improvement food-wise.

Personally I'd consider the patio at Bocanova, just be careful on what to order if the spice is a concern. Or just let the waiter know.

Apr 24, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Boston Hound Report: I finally ate something other than Asian Food

per conversation i had with one of the owners, i think they tend to use honey more often as a sweetner in their dishes.

Apr 09, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy fresh nopales in the San Ramon/East Bay please?

Mi Pueblo Markets should have them

Mar 28, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Lights [San Francisco]

So I don't get out to the Embarcadero much, but which Restaurant along the bay front would have the best view of the Bay Bridge lights for a nice dinner?

Mar 07, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Rare Hamburgers in Oakland/Alameda?

Scolari's

Feb 14, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

1st timer to Vancouver in June

Thanks so much for the extensive reply! I'm sort of glad that fine dining isn't such a big thing as that will save my budget for this trip. It sounds like the Dim Sum/HK, Izakaya and Viet will be the things to check out. I'll be driving up from Seattle, so any other recommendations for that particular route is appreciated and I'll be staying in the downtown area near the convention center. While I will have a car, I'm usually a bit timid when driving in unfamiliar towns. Also, any recommendations for activities or areas to check out to pair with restaurant recs? Thanks again!

Feb 11, 2013
nicedragonboy in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

1st timer to Vancouver in June

Greetings Vancouverites (?). I'm planning a trip to your beautiful city and have been scanning the boards but am having a hard time figuring out what sort of cuisine I should be focusing on that showcases the Vancouver Food scene. I'm only there for a few days and would consider all suggestions from cart to fine dining to help me figure out what cuisine or food item your city is a standout in. Thanks for your help.

Feb 08, 2013
nicedragonboy in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

You are right, Royal Cafe.

Jan 22, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area

Best / new dim sum in Oakland & surrounds?

Gourmet Delight Seafood on Webster was decent, though the parking in the area is terrible, though you could just park in the plaza if you don't mind walking a few blocks.

Jan 16, 2013
nicedragonboy in San Francisco Bay Area