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Pork or Chicken Buns for Tonight - Oakland Chinatown

Shan Dong 328 10th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Jun 25, 2014
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Replacements for retired favorites?

Truffles from Cocolat on Shattuck in Berkeley. I know it has been closed for probably 20 years, but is the standard by which I judge all truffles and I've yet to have anything better.

Jun 12, 2014
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Molcajete in Oakland - any hound reports?

I had the molcajete a couple of weeks ago and thought it was delicious. It was huge. Next time I'll just get some guacamole/chips and split it with my wife. It gets better every layer you go down. Grilled meats, shrimp and onions on top, then a layer of nopales, cheese, beans, and rice at the bottom. Rice got carmelized like dol sot bibimbap. I would order again in a heartbeat....as long as i had someone to help me eat it.

Loved their tortas too!

Apr 23, 2014
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Are there any restaurants in the Bay Area with kid play areas?

Denica's in Dublin, not sure about their other 2 locations

http://denicascafe.com/

Jan 23, 2014
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Kauffman and Birdsall: 22 Hottest Mexican Restaurants in the Bay Area

I thought the EB recommendations were good. I've been to Comal, Cosecha, and Nido multiple times and will definitely go back. Tried Molcajete for the first time last week and was really, really, really happy. The cochinita pibil was fantastic. As we were walking out the door I told my wife that I thought we had just found our new favorite mexican restaurant.

...until I check out the other places on the list.

Jan 23, 2014
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Slovenian sausage???

My wife is from Cleveland and we fill a small suitcase with various sausages from the Westside Market on the way to the airport on every visit. Slovenian sausages are a favorite!

I can't say that I've seen it here for sure, but if I was going to try to find it I'd start in the eastern European markets on Geary out in the avenues...like around 19th-21st.

We're fans of the New World Market (5641 Geary Blvd
) but it is primarily Russian. You also might have luck finding something close at Seakor Polish Deli and Sauasage factory (5957 Geary Blvd
)

Jan 15, 2014
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Box and Bells Eating House - Oakland

Sure. However "grilled pain mie soldiers" is not what I want to sop up juice with. If I pay $5 for a bread product it better be special and I'm going to enjoy it as its own dish with the garlic confit. Both dishes I mentioned, and I'd throw in the scallops too, were served with delicious sauces/broth that were wasted because there was not an accompanying starch or bread to bring it to the mouth. The few small pieces of flat bread that came with the mussels were too dense to even absorb the broth. Obviously I am not a fan of the restaurant trend eliminating gratis bread and I stand by my assertion that it should be available upon request.

Nov 25, 2013
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Box and Bells Eating House - Oakland

We went a week or so ago....

Blood sausage poutine - very good
Sea scallops - excellent
Pate de maison - average (but I'm getting burned out on this item)
Mussels tikka masala - my wife loved them, I liked the sauce but the mussels were too big for my personal tastes.
Butter bourbon pudding - good
Pear and fennel cobbler - fantastic

I agree with psb above, some bread would have been very nice with the left over blood sausage sauce and mussel broth. I think at $10+ a small plate they can slide me a couple slices of a baguette.

I really liked the look of the space, the chairs were comfortable, lighting a little dark for menu reading but I'm sure made me look more attractive to my dining companion. The noise was a factor that inhibited conversation. I know it is cheaper to just paint an open ceiling black, but dang it makes it hard to even hear the servers much less your dining companion. All that said, I'm sure I'll come back in a couple weeks.

Nov 25, 2013
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Where can I buy salty ( or even better-double salted) black licorice?

I've been able to find some at Powell's Candy in Berkeley
3206 College Avenue Berkeley, Ca 94705

Molly Stones usually has some too.

I adore salty licorice. Someone brought me a chocolate bar from Europe that had little salty lilcorice nibs in it....delicious!

Oct 14, 2013
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Umami Burger in Oakland [split thread]

I went for dinner last week and agree that the burgers are tasty and cooked perfect. I also ordered medium rare and got a pink and juicy burger. Sometimes it feels like actually receiving medium rare burger is like finding a unicorn. I split a truffle burger and the queso fundido burger. It is hard not to like the one with chorizo more, but I'd have to say that the queso was was barely noticable. Maybe they were running low on cheese sauce because our "manly" fries were barely drizzled with the cheese sauce too. The fries were good but totally not worth a $3 upcharge. They have a full bar and decent beer selection.

I'll definitely go back when I'm craving a burger and only medium rare will do....but I'll probably be more likely to visit Trueburger for half the price.

Jul 23, 2013
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Need good outdoor Happy Hour spot in Oakland tonight

Brotzeit Lokal has a lovely patio on the water. http://brotzeitbiergarten.com/

Jun 28, 2013
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Comparing some Berkeley BBQ

I could be mistaken, but I seem to remember a fine grind on the E&J links. However I do know that the course grind links that they sold at Flint's can be bought at Taylor's Sausage located in Swan's Market.

Jun 24, 2013
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Sebastopol

Just spent the weekend in West Sonoma county and while it wasn't our orignial intention, we basically followed the itinery in this article. Absolutely fantastic. Barley & Hops in Occidental was a perfect Friday night brew pub dinner....nothing crazy fancy but solid beer drinking food, good stuff on tap and friendly bar staff. The wineries (Merry Edwards, Lynmar, and Iron Horse) were relaxed and inviting. Dinner at Zazu was delicious....halibut cheeks over asparagus in a butter caper sauce, pork belly poutine that will surely raise my cholesterol for months, and peanut butter cookie ice cream sandwiches that you dip in hot fudge! Oh yes!! If you can, the cedar enzyme treatment at Osmosis is amazing.

Apr 15, 2013
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Lunch near jury duty in Hayward?

Buddy's Bites and Brews is pretty good and only a couple of blocks away. I'm a fan of their chowder, the Creachie sandwich, Snapper burger, and the rest of the beef burgers. If you get the fish and chips, bring a friend, it is huge.

24297 Hesperian Blvd Hayward, California 94545
(510) 300-3388

Apr 02, 2013
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Pizza in San Leandro, please help us

I live in San Lorenzo and Porky's is the best around since Ye Old Pizza Joynt burned down. I've found that to have a good pizza experience, you have to eat the pie AT Porky's. If you take it home (and I'm only 2 miles away) it suffers considerably.

True, it is not a fantastic pizza like Gioia or Pizziaola or Rustica....but it beats the pants off Pizza Hut or Papa Murphy's.

One additional plus is they have 8-10 taps of great local beer.

Mar 29, 2013
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Bakeries in Palo Alto or Menlo Park

Help! I'm a Cal bear stuck in Stanfordland looking for a good bakery. My friends have graciously invited me to their home for dinner and I offered to bring dessert. I'd love to bring a pie, tarte, or torte....cupcakes as a desparate last resort. I'm new to working in Palo Alto and don't know the equivalent to Crixa/La Farine/PIQ in the area.

My Chowhound seach came up empty and Yelp (shudder) seems to only point me to bakery cafes that appear to concentrate on serving savory food.

Any pointers will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Mar 20, 2013
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Just Moved to Hayward -- Please Prove This Isn't A Food Desert

I agree with Sister House and London Fish & Chips.

Others to add to the mix:

Cesar's Chicken - to go only. Love the fried chicken. Can also get ravioli, spaghetti, and garlic bread.
19450 Hesperian Boulevard Hayward, CA 94541

Hunan Express - good lunch plates, huge portions to go
17383 Hesperian Blvd, San Lorenzo

Buddy's Bites & Brew - Usually has a couple of interesting/local beers on tap. Good burgers, wings, sandwiches. Awesome sweet potato tots. Also really enjoyed their fish and chips.
24297 Hesperian Boulevard Hayward, CA 94545

Porky's Pizza Palace - Old school pizza joint, like where you would go after a softball game. Great beer selection. Hand tossed pizza crust is good when eaten there, but suffers after travel. They also have a selection of other Italian entree's. Don't miss the senior citizen banjo band on Thursdays.
1221 Manor Boulevard San Leandro, CA 94579

Sep 24, 2012
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Anywhere decent to eat in Brentwood (Contra Costa cty)?

Yeah....my Mom lives out there and frankly I've given up finding a fantastic hidden gem amongst the strip malls. That said, there are 2 places that we usually go to that are actually pretty solid.

Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant
8335 Brentwood Boulevard Brentwood, CA 94513
Family owned and staffed. Solid mexican food, friendly service, decently priced. Yelp seems to be all over the map, but I've been happy the 4-5 times I've been there in the past 3 years.

Brentwood Cafe
8500 Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood, CA 94513
Small town roadside cafe, The trucker hats are NOT ironic here. I'm sure there are some Cisco cans in the back but they like to get their veggies from the local farms. I had some asparagus one night that tasted like they had been picked seconds before hitting my plate. The portions are huge and the prices are reasonable. Don't expect a 5 star dining experience and you will probably be pleasantly surprised.

Sep 10, 2012
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After Manresa and French Laundry

Have to agree with Commis, one of the best meals of my life. Go for the wine pairing, the sommelier was great fun to talk to and the wines well matched.

May 04, 2012
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Jury Duty in Hayward - Where to eat lunch?

Buddy's Bites and Brews is close (Hesperian and about a block south of Winton). They have a couple of good burgers and sandwiches. One of the better non-chain places in the area.

Mar 12, 2012
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CHOW Tour Oakland, Your Thoughts On Where To Go?

Yeah, they just called it "that seedy corner with the Pussycat Theater."

Feb 09, 2012
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CHOW Tour Oakland, Your Thoughts On Where To Go?

She used to make a good pie, but that was before the chicken sandwiches took off. I remember stopping by weekly to see what seasonal fruit she put in the crust. Yum. The date pudding with caramel sauce was good too.

Feb 09, 2012
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Food trucks recommendations for our wedding?

I'm getting married in April and we've contracted with Streatery to do the catering. I've really enjoyed their food at the Berkeley Off the Grid. One of thie things that really appealed to us is that they do real food (oxtails over polenta, pork roast with cherry sauce, etc) as opposed to just sandwiches/tacos/nibbles. Not that I don't love tacos, but for our wedding we wanted something just a little bit more. The owner, DanVy, has been fantastic with communication and even met us at the wedding site recently just to make sure everything would work. She also provides bio-degradable plates and utensils that are a big step above normal food turch paper plates. Obviously the wedding hasn't happened yet, so this is all preliminary, but I have a really ygood feeling about working with her.

Feb 09, 2012
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Corn Query

I was a very happy member of Terra Firma CSA for 2-3 years. Unfortunately a recent schedule change necessitated the subscription cancellation. Their corn varied from heavenly to ok, depending on the year and the time of the season. (Lots of corn worms towards the end). From their newsletters, I gather that corn is not the easiest crop.

Check out Terra Firma though; fantastic tomatoes, strawberries, grapes, melons, escarole, beets....and don't even get me started on the satsumas.

Jul 02, 2007
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best papusa in sf

I've been there a few times and really enjoyed their pupusas. I'm not an expert on them, so I don't know how they will compare, but I thought they were extremely tasty. It is an odd little restaurant with an eccletic menu. My dining companions enjoyed their various omelets and scrambles.

Jun 29, 2007
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bakesale betty's rules

Yes....the date pudding! It doesn't look like a show stopper, but one bite will make you a believer.

Jun 07, 2007
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Pliney the Elder

I've seen it at Englander frequently.

Jun 07, 2007
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Union Square recommendations?

I've been very happy with Bar Crudo on Bush. E&O Trading Company is good for a fancy drink. Scala's puts out a good meal. Belden Lane can be hit or miss, but usually worth a shot.

May 29, 2007
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Your favorite places with great bar menus near Union Square?

I completely agree with the Bar Crudo suggestion. I've eaten there twice and have been absolutely delighted. Staff is friendly and made excellent wine pairings for my dining companion. On cold nights I crave their seafood chowder.

May 16, 2007
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