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Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

bought one last night a Foodnet Supermarket in San Leandro. Tanks were full $4.99/lb. based on the one I got, every one of them was over 2lbs. The one I got was conservatively 2.25lbs. Lively & Tasty.

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

Anyone have a recommendation for shipping live Dungeness to the east coast?

Pietisserie opens in Lake Merritt [Oakland]

1605 second ave.

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

I tried Thien Long Vietnamese Restaurant in San Jose 2 months ago and thought they really had the right full bodied chicken flavor and wonderful aroma in their Pho Ga broth.

East Bay places to sit, eat, and watch the World Series

Go Sports Bar in Oakland has lots of screens and the food was better than expected. Tater tot nachoes, asian-style wings and lemongrass sliders were standouts to me.

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.

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.

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.

Where can I buy ginger beer in bulk?

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

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.

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.

Dungeness Crab Prices 2013/2014 Season

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

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.

best fried chicken

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Mi Pueblo Markets should have them

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?