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East Bay BBQ for catering or takeout

No,

Actually now I'm kinda wishing I had kept my mouth shut.....
I ordered ribs and brisket. I got ribs and brisket.
It's just that the ribs came with more ends than long bones, and I prefer the long bones.
It really isn't a big problem, the tips taste great, it's just a matter of personal preference....
Like I've been saying, It's really a minor point, and the main message should be: place is still my favorite bbq joint.

1 day ago
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

East Bay BBQ for catering or takeout

What I'm mildly annoyed by is the ratio of rib to tip. I always seem to get two or three rib bones and five or six pieces of the cartilaginous rib tips.
I think Robert is right, and I should just order a slab.

Apr 14, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

East Bay BBQ for catering or takeout

I stopped in Sunday and picked up a two way ribs and brisket dinner.
They are indeed back and in full swing. The bbq is just like it was before the fire. Even down to my one complaint about the place; that they don't cut the ribs well. Too many pieces of the cartilaginous ends and not enough long rib bones, but still my favorite bbq joint.

Apr 14, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area Check Please: Contigo, SF; Smoke Berkeley in Berkeley; Paradiso, San Leandro

I've been to Paradiso maybe four times. I live in San Leandro, and it's pretty much the only "fine dining" place in the city.
It's good, but I don't get the drool fest the Check Please participants had over it.
It used to be the only decent pizza in the area, but now Rubiano's opened just a block away, and is much better.
As for the Cal-Ital menu, everything I've had has been good, but lacking any "wow factor". It survives and thrives by dint of being the best restaurant within 10 miles.
If this was a neighborhood spot in the city, it would be OK, but certainly not a destination.

Apr 11, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Most immense porcino everr

Forget the porcini, I'll take the imperial of Lynch Bages

Mar 30, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

best cheap eats in the Berkeley / Oakland area

Second for Vik's Chaat House

Also Gum Wah
345 8th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 834-3103

Mar 21, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

In your price range, definitely head to Vik's Chaat House when you're in Oakland (actually Berkeley).

Mar 21, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy picnic goodies for Pride vineyard?

On the way from Yountville to Pride are three options I would highly recommend:

Oakville Grocers
http://www.oakvillegrocery.com/

Dean and Deluca
http://www.deandeluca.com/aboutus/NapaValley.aspx

or

Addendum at Ad Hoc
http://www.adhocrestaurant.com/addendum/

All have amazing picnic stuff and Pride has many great spots for a picnic.

Mar 18, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

Do you know where you will be staying ?

Mar 16, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

East Bay source for dried mushrooms in quantity?

I saw them last week at the Danville/San Ramon Costco

Feb 27, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Kitchen appliances

We remodeled about 12 years ago. We put in thermador double ovens (model C302U) and cooktop (PCS484WK).
We've had a few issues with the ovens (the control board and the lower door hinge), but all in all, OK and we've been pretty happy with it.
The cooktop has been wonderful. Our only regret is that we don't use the wok as much as we thought we would and would have been better off with six burners and a grill instead of four burners and a wok.

Feb 21, 2014
kungful in Cookware

Creole Sausage

I always use the andouille from Schaubs in the Stanford shopping center. Even if you're not a fan of andouille, they usually have a dozen or so types of sausage.

Jan 28, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Valentine's Day (or everyday) restaurant that offers babysitting

It is probably a bit late, but you could get a room at a hotel in the city with a fine restaurant (heres a place to start looking : http://sf.eater.com/archives/2013/06/...

)

Most hotels offer babysitting service.
It would make for an expensive night out, but if I hadn't had a quiet dinner with my wife in six years, I'd likely pop for the expense.

Jan 28, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area
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Best place to buy cooked & cracked crab in San Francisco?

99 Ranch will steam and crack their live crab for free.

Jan 25, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area
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Oakland Restaurant Week January 17-26, 2014

I went to Marzano for dinner last night and had their excellent three course dinner for a very modest $20.

It started with a salad of beets and citrus (cara cara oranges) with toasted almonds.
Main course was either a kale pizza with tomatoes and olives, or spaghetti amatriciana.
The pizza was quite large for a single serving with the kale chopped up and covered with a bit of mozzarella, crushed tomatoes, and olives.
The spaghetti could have been a little less spicy. The heat tended to drown the other flavors.
Dessert was a chocolate boudin. A small moist cake covered with a dollop of caramel ice cream. A small, but satisfying plate.

Jan 22, 2014
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa Wine Itinerary

I agree with goldangl, skip sattui....
Keep in mind that the drive up to pride is a bit of a haul (about 20 or more minutes up spring mountain road from st. helena), but worth it. If you're going to be going to stag's leap, pine ridge is across the road and clos du val is just about 1/2 mile further south.
I've stopped going to plumpjack ever since the staff at the tasting room have gotten too snotty to bear.

Nov 25, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

THE One Best Place to Have Dinner in the East Bay?

I think the most interesting food in the east bay is just down the block from Bay Wolf at Commis.
http://www.commisrestaurant.com/

Oct 01, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to get super yummy gravlax in Oakland/Berkeley?

Pretty sure Saul's had it in the Deli counter:

Sau;s's Restaurant and Deli
Ph: (510) 848-DELI (3354)
1475 Shattuck Ave (at Vine) Berkeley, CA 94709

Sep 08, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Under $20 Sparkling Wine and Sauvignon Blanc For Oyster Picnic

I just hosted a blind prosecco tasting last month. The winner was montechiara, at only $10 a bottle. http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku...

Sep 04, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Top 10 restaurants in SF

Try looking at a few places like the SF Chronicles top 100 (http://www.sfgate.com/food/top100/2013/) or yelp for an idea of what you're after as far as neighborhoods and cuisine goes.
Also, keep in mind that BART can take you to places like Oakland cheaply and easily to extend your dining options.
Don't be too put off by people telling you to do some homework, think about your reaction if some one asked you what the best places in London would be.

Sep 01, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area
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Dinner Near Civic Center BART? [San Francisco]

You might want to consider Lers Ros on Larkin
(http://www.lersros.com/larkin/index.html

)

It's about five blocks away, but a flat terrain.
$20/person might be tight, but doable there.

Aug 22, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area
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Best/most interesting food in San Ramon/Danville/Dublin for a visitor from LA?

I would second (or third) Koi Palace for Dim Sum.
Also, I've been to Khyber Pass several times for Afghan food and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Khyber Pass
7467 Village Pkwy #9 Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 828-6000

Aug 09, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Dishes w/ tongue in the Bay Area

The hamburger at Hopscotch in Oakland comes with tongue

Aug 02, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Costcos in the Bay Area - What Differences Have You Found?

If you're looking for high end wine,
Danville routinely has Chateau Y'Quem, Screaming Eagle, Chateau LaTour, etc....
As well as many $300 plus scotches and brandies.

Jul 24, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Costcos in the Bay Area - What Differences Have You Found?

I've shopped at most of the area Costcos and try to go mostly to the Danville store. They seem to have the best variety, especially of the high end stuff. I also like the Hayward business Costco. They have quite a few things not available in the other stores.

Jul 23, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Farm for addendum/ thomas Keller fried chicken?

I've made the recipe from the book a couple of times. Not sure where the chickens come from, but excerpted from the book:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bu...

Jul 03, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

authentic non-Americanized Thai food in the east bay?

For a little hole in the wall with very authentic Thai food I strongly recommend Old Weang Ping.
If you go there, be sure to call the phone number on the door to be let it. The place will look closed, but the owner keeps the door locked and you have to call to have him open the door.
It's just the owner and his wife, and they're getting a bit old, so service can be a bit slow sometimes, but well worth waiting.

Old Weang Ping
6217 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94605
(510) 430-8771

Jul 03, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

Vineyard Tour/Tasting Itinerary

I have a suggestion for the Pride picnic lunch.
I actually picnic there about twice a year, and have found that if I can stop at Addendum (a togo part of Ad Hoc in Yountville), I end up with the best wine and the best picnic the valley has to offer.
Orders can be placed on line in advance to make pick up fast and easy:
http://www.adhocrestaurant.com/addendum/

Jun 29, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area

In praise of La Mexicana in Oakland

I just had yet another phenomenal dinner at La Mexicana.
It's a bit divey in slightly questionable part of town, but they do awesome sauces and tortillas.
The first thing to know is that they hand make their tortillas. You can hear the slap-slap-slap of it in the kitchen throughout the meal. They are chewey, flavorful and completely unforgettable.
They also make sauces I could happily drown in.
Their mole is a bit sweeter than I recall from my days in Mexico, but it's rich, well balanced and deep with strong notes of chocolate. I like it best on the enchiladas en mole (not on the menu).
The chili rellenos are also a great choice. Again it's the sauce that makes the dish.
Even the rice and beans are a step above even good taqueria fare.

Their food without sauces is good, but not special.

Prices are a bit higher than standard mexican restaurant prices (not by much).

They're at:

3930 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

Jun 28, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area
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Where do you shop for vegetables in Oakland Chinatown ?

I've lately gotten in the habit of heading into Oakland chinatown for the occasional meal, and keep seeing good prices on "chinese" vegetables (yard long beans, on choy, etc...).
Does any one have any recommendations on where to shop in the area ?

Jun 26, 2013
kungful in San Francisco Bay Area