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Best tacqueria in Concord? TORTILLERIA EL MOLINO is up there

A plethora of solid joints on/near Monument Blvd, but I have found El Molino to be way up there...smaller menu than some spots, but all they do is pump out economical, delicious food and make the trip there worthwhile! As the name indicates, they make tortillas right there, and sell the whole wheat and regular varieties to go...the whole wheat ones are my go to.

The pupusas are dee-lish, and I like the tacos dorados (crispy) and the taco salads, also. Not overly salted meats, either, but very flavorful. Breakfast burritos also, which are a steal and very filling...not on weekends for these, they have other specials those days. Tortas are big and hearty, also...soups are snappy and fresh. Superb juice bar, as well!

By the pound meats to go, some tortillas, and some of their green sauce is a wily start to a home meal that will please most!

http://www.tortillaselmolino.com/
1500 Monument Blvd, Ste F1 (around back, don't settle for the other spots in same complex!)

Battle of the Concord delis...Parma vs Luigi's...and the winner is

Whoa, Jell-O a bargain!

Can't vouch for the quinoa...

Re-thinking Berkeley icons at holiday time

Pretty accurate insights in here...add to other Bay Area food bafflements like "Why do people wait in a 50 person line at Ici in Elmwood when Tara's down the street is wide open?"

...did get some superb Spring Brook "Reading Raclette" cheese at Cheeseboard yesterday...truly remarkable store and workers! Anything that helps them, I am for!

Juhu Beach Club to open brick 'n mortar in Temescal [Oakland]

Tried this spot out for first time recently, and really liked it!

We started with desi jacks, a delicious snacky carmel-corn cousin from abroad with some kick and savory notes...very good! Also had braised (?) kale starter, that was WOW, some very well done kale that went down fast and easy!

For my main, I got the three slider plate, and had the lil' p pav, the pork vidalated, and the holy cow, and they were all top notch, with great, careful ingredients and nicely prepped and plated...fries that came along were swell, with excellent dipping sauces.

One thing I noticed was my companion's lemonade, which by the end of the meal was pretty close to salt water taste after melted ice...I guess I did not expect the level of saltiness from a drink, but kinda makes sense.

The price point might seem a bit (and just a bit) dear, but the care and thought that went into the food and the prep justifies it, in retrospect...plus, running a restaurant can't be hugely profitable and they deserve a fair return and to be able to take care of their employees in a dignified way...so, no problem with cost, from my angle.

Service was friendly and professional, very attentive but not intrusive...I liked the place and will be back!

Thanksgiving options in Marin...Rancho Nicasio, Pelican Inn (Muir Beach), etc

In a move that stuns me (turning away from the lure of a buffet! Who is this?!?!), I am going with Rancho Nicasio. Wanted a unique and relaxed setting, and I'm sure they will make the plates generous enough.

They were nice when I called for more info, and I had a premonition of Pelican Inn being real crowded, full and not copacetic...I hope both spots do a booming business, and that Poggio El Paseo, and Yankee Pier also do swell...checked those spots out, as well, and they looked very solid. It would have been helpful if all the spots had listed a menu for Thanksgiving, even the barest outline...oh well.

Happy Thanks-hounding to all!

Battle of the Concord delis...Parma vs Luigi's...and the winner is

Just a bit at both spots...maybe a bit more at Luigi's, Parma only has four (or five?) two/four tops, and it's tight-ish.

Battle of the Concord delis...Parma vs Luigi's...and the winner is

...btw, those of you wondering where Genova Deli is in this battle royale, it's nowhere!

Place is not representative of the proud Oakland-Temescal namesake; much closer to the overpriced, fake Walnut Creek location!!!1

Battle of the Concord delis...Parma vs Luigi's...and the winner is

PARMA!

http://www.parmadeliconcord.com/#!men...

3521 Clayton Road, Concord

After four visits to each place, both of which are family places with many positive attributes, I will give the slight edge to Parma after last week's tantalizing hot pastrami and cole slaw (smoked cheddar and fixings, toasted sweet roll), which was the best sandwich I have had in quite a while!

Places are pretty close to one another, happily...good to know both have existed for so long, doing their thing for their devoted fans...

One edge that Luigi's (2709 Clayton Road, Concord) had over Parma was the salads, like shrimp salad, crab salad, etc...Parma trots out a weak seafood salad in comparison, but at least it's expensive too! (sarcasm

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Both joints have the requisite steam table pastas and hot stuff, which are good if not mind-blowing...but hey, sometimes you just want simple and satisfying lasagna or ziti. They also offer good daily specials and value; the dollar is still strong on Clayton Road. Both also sell many seemingly imported Italian goods of the non-perishable variety, for those thus inclined.

Nice staff at both; business-like and friendly, and even long lines move rapidly and I never saw anyone leave because of the lines: tells me that people know the quality and value and don't mind spending a little extra time to get it!

Thanksgiving options in Marin...Rancho Nicasio, Pelican Inn (Muir Beach), etc

Got it, jillju...I will look into that place as well...need to call Rancho Nicasio and see what they are up to

EDIT here is Nicasio's offering...less dough, not a buffet

http://www.ranchonicasio.com/pdfs_gif...

Recommendations for mid-range sushi? [San Francisco]

Agree on the Suhi Sam rec, and over on Piedmont Ave in Oakland is the reliable and very worthwhile Geta Sushi...Man Puku on College in Berkeley also solid and reasonable

Thanksgiving options in Marin...Rancho Nicasio, Pelican Inn (Muir Beach), etc

Good info, Melanie...that place looks solid, and price seems reasonable...thank you

Thanksgiving options in Marin...Rancho Nicasio, Pelican Inn (Muir Beach), etc

Good idea, Robert; thank you!

Found the menu for Pelican Inn, also:

Thanksgiving Buffet

Thursday, November 27, 2014

11:30am - First Seating
7:30pm – Last Seating

Starters

Pumpkin Soup

Pear and Walnut Winter Green Salad
w/Meyer’s Lemon Vinaigrette

Vegetarian Rolls
Cheddar, Sage and Onion wrapped in Puff Pastry

Deviled Eggs
Mixed with Mayonnaise and Sprinkled w/Paprika

English Cheese Board
Blue Stilton, White Cheddar, Cotswold, Mixed Nuts and Mixed Grapes

Carving Board

Roast Whole Turkey

Cherry & Port Glazed Ham

Loch Duarte Salmon Wellington
w/Champagne Sauce

Side Dishes

Seasonal Baked Vegetables
Carrots, Parsnips, Red Potatoes, Red Onion and Celery

Fresh Herbs and Onion Stuffing
Celery, Parsley, Sage, Marjoram, and Yellow Onion

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Glazed Sugar Snap Peas & Carrots
w/Minced Garlic, Honey and a Lemon Zest

Bourbon Yams

Port Cranberry Sauce

Desserts

Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pie

English Bread Pudding

$46 – Adults

$26 – Children under 12

Tax & Gratuity not included in price

We gladly accept VISA and MASTERCARD

RSVP: 415.383.6000 ext. 101
Reservations taken between 9:30a – 4:30p Daily

48 hr. Cancellation Policy
(under 48 hrs. Cancellation fee $46 per person)

Reservations Recommended (limited Seating)
Walk-Ins are Welcome but “Not” Guaranteed pending availability.

Happy Thanksgiving

The often overlooked Fremont/Union City/Newark corridor...

Shalimar!

Thanksgiving options in Marin...Rancho Nicasio, Pelican Inn (Muir Beach), etc

Anyone have some input on options in Marin County for this year?

Would love to get feedback on the Nicasio and Muir Beach options, as well as any other hidey-holes that are open that day, or just good ol' hunches on places that might work.

Thanks for any help!

MM

New "Jules thin crust Pizza" next to Zachary's in Oakland...WTF?

Agree, the pizza is delicious (love the varied, quality ingredients and options), and the price point is a bit lower than across the street. Comfortable place to sit and eat also, employees are very nice and vibe is relaxed.

Hopefully OP "Mission" (why not "SF," is s/he ashamed of their City?) can find it in his heart to forgive the location name choice and see if the pizza lives up to their surely exacting standards.

good steak fries in oakland or berkeley?

YUMM!

I like Luka's Taproom's offering in this regard, with good sauces for le dip...axe for them well-done, might help some if you are me

Bear's Lair on campus has some decent ones

I sometimes get them from hot deli section of ________ and heat up a pizza stone at home and then add my own stuff and crisp them up...

Try the occasional appetizer at Noodle Theory?

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Luka's Taproom
2221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Noodle Theory
3242 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Late lunch near Oakland Museum?

Try it, the place is terrific and Chef Dorsey a remarkable guy and foodster!

Try this http://museumca.org/press/new-caf%C3%...

Late lunch near Oakland Museum?

Try the great cafe in OMCA...Chef Dorsey is a genuis, and his Blackberry Bistro in Glenview is great also...it's right in the building!

Also close are the Lake Chalet (meh, but SETTING!) and ....uh....not a lot else other than Laney College's cafeteria!

OMCA rules!

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Blackberry Bistro
4240 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

Jeremy Fox in Oakland!

THE Jeremy Fox?!?

Oakland gets the vapors over such news!

Chinese wedding banquet site near Berkeley?

Try the spot on Lake Merritt owned by the City of Oakland...very nice

Maybe The Lake House, also on Lake Merritt?

Upper floor of buildings at Cal can be rented out, one place quite near the Campanile would be great

The Spice House Building on Fish Ranch Road?

GAIA Building downtown?

Faculty Club at Cal? NICE

Lafayette's Susan Foord Catering and Chow...great spot, easy walk, high-quality!

http://www.susanfoordcatering.com/

Yes friends, lights shine in Lamorinda (the towns of Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda) other than the incandescent ones...

...a prime example is this precious spot, just west of Trader Joe's and the Post Office. The food turned out for the small spot feels like you are being catered to, and in a way, YOU ARE!
Their dinner rolls for $3.25 for 6 decent sized ones are quite a value, and you can slice the whole pack up for one incredible nosh (add your favorites). Staff very nice and open, laughter heard from the back more than once, and everyone is one of the the gang without being too "Hey Pal!"

I had a chicken soup that was lovely, and a beef dish to go that held up that afternoon and was good value for about $12...please consider this place, and get a to go order for the Lafayette Reservoir or a hike in Canyon, CA, and you are living La Vida Loca Lamorinda-styliee!

MM

Uncle Dougie's New York Style Heroes, Oakland...DELICIOUS VALUE, with a side of NYC

This place is incredible, went and loved it right away! Clean, easy to find, with a super friendly AND skilled staff that is led by Uncle Dougie his own self. Talk about quality control....

I had the Italian Meatlof sandwich (there are four different types of sandwiches and then spaghetti [next time!], and some pizza bread), about $8 with a small bag of chips included...drinks for sale of course, and that's it...great sign (to me) do a few things very well!

Simple menu, quality chow, unique hours (late Late LATE weekend, lunches normal times and closed in mid-afternoon to eve...check it out, and find out why heroes are not grinders are not hoagies are not All In Ones are not submarine sandwiches are not...

http://uncledougiesheroes.com/

Moraga Options

Meno's in Concord has excellent chile rellenos, I've heard...perhaps another adventure awaits an interpid CHound!

Here on a consulting assignment - yummy dinner take-out?

Good one, Lers Ros is solid!

How about Lefty O'Douls for a slice of San Francisco and a hofbrau experience to go...

Need breakfast or lunch options near Penzey's in Menlo Park

For erudite pub grub, how about The Oasis on El Camino, just North of Stanford Shopping Center (and just over San Francisquito Creek, the county line)?

Park easily, carve yer name in a table if so moved and eat chicken fingers and read the Financial Times next to a captain of industry and her family...etc...

NY Times: Bernal Heights: May 6

Nice info, have to go check that area out deeply soon!

Moraga Options

Two places in Orinda also come to mind, the CHARMING Gepetto's Cafe, and right nearby the tremendous Chinese joint Szechuan...the place people refer to as "The Good Chinese Place", down by Orinda Motors and the golf course...

Orinda Village Horse Shop also there for equestrian needs, and Safeway for chicken tenders and economical sushi...I know I know, shame

Moraga Options

Amoroma in Rheem Plaza

Thai place in same mall is good

Terzettos decent

Stay away from the Farm House or Ranch House or whatever, let me down

Easy bus or bike ride to Lafayette or Orinda with more options...Lamorinda as an area is solid

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Ranch House
1012 School St, Moraga, CA 94556

NY Times: Bernal Heights: May 6

Those precious little articles kill a decent scene IMHO, but thanks for the posting...

Decent article on Radius in SF a few months back, did make me go and I like that spot

Best Indian Buffets in SF? [Split from "Sultan closed" thread]

TYVMuch for the kind admonition

In the City, okay