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Anyone else getting tired of "new" Craft Beer,Gourmet Burgers & 3rd Wave Coffee joints in Bay Area?

I've found the enjoyment of Trumer is dependent on the glass. Served in a typical pint glass, yes, it tastes skunky. However if it is served in a narrow glass with straight sides (looks kind of like a test tube) it tastes delightful and refreshing.

Question about making a seafood stew with crawfish

That stew looks delicious - I'm definitely making it with dungeness crab when the season opens up.

Another vote for pre-cooked tails. I've eaten enough cioppino to know that in the shell + red broth = a huge mess. Though it would look stunning. Also, maybe crawfish are smaller in California but I remember making a crawfish etoufee with my father once...we spent an entire afternoon picking meat out of 10# of crawfish only to get a little less than a pound of meat.

Sep 30, 2014
IPAforBreakfast in New Orleans

"Only in New Orleans" info request

Thank you all for your replies and the gulf fish education. I'm so excited to leave tomorrow morning I can't sit still. Looks like I picked a great city to blow a years worth of gym and dieting.

Sep 30, 2014
IPAforBreakfast in New Orleans

"Only in New Orleans" info request

Hello gracious and hospitable Chowhounders!

I'll be visiting your fair city for the first time next week and can barely contain my excitement. I've reseached past threads for inspiration but still have a couple of questions that I'd like to throw out to the board.

Basics: I'll be staying in the Bywater for 6 nights. No car but willing to walk, cab, or take public transportation anywhere within the city. Price point isn't a concern, but I also don't feel I have to spend a ton of money to have an enjoyable meal. No food restrictions and just so you know where my palate is coming from, my Chowhound haunts are in San Francisco/Oakland. I have reservations at Commander's Palace and Galatoire's, so my Grande Dames are covered. My goal is to experience what is unique to the region.

Questions:
1. Gulf fish - I like my fish local but I know nothing about gulf fish. What is the difference between black drum, pompano, and sheephead? When the menu says "gulf fish" with out specifying, what do they usually mean?
2. Oysters - I'm addicted to West Coast kumamoto and sweetwaters but want to gorge myself in your local varieties. I prefer raw but open to other preparations. Where would be a good spot to explore your bivalves?
3. Foie Gras - I can probably get black tar heroin easier than foie. Where would you recommend I get my fatty goose liver fix?
4. Crawfish and soft shell crabs - I fear that I'm out of season for both, but might have a chance at some late season soft shell crab. Any favorite spots to enjoy them?
5. Beer - I love it craft and local. Any new small breweries open? Of course I'll sample Abita's wares, but was hoping for something more interesting.
6. Bywater - Bacchannal is definitely on my list. Any other spots recommended?
7. Unique to NOLA - Muffuletta, po'boy, pralines, beignets, coffee with chicory, gumbo, red beans, etoufee, jambalaya....what am I missing?

Thank you in advance for reading my ramblings!

Late night dining in SF -3am-?

Sure! If you are in the terminals take the crossover walkway to the parking garage, then take the elevator to the first floor. Once out of the elevator just start walking to the center of the garage (the garage is round). You will soon see 100+ taxis parked and waiting in the center. You may have to step up and over a curb or two....but just walk over to where there appears to be a tunnel. The truck is in the tunnel. There will be a lot of cabbies waiting around, should be fairly obvious once you get there.

Late night dining in SF -3am-?

I work at SFO and have been to the truck several times. Not sure of the hours but I've had breakfast to late lunch there. It is by far the least expensive place to eat in the airport. Like you said, it is a real roach coach, but the food is good. Nothing extravagant or revelatory, but decent roach coach food that you are not afraid to eat. Rice plates, chicken skewers, breakfast burritos, burgers, malibu chicken....sometimes the rice plates veer in to the creative arena (lemongrass chicken instead of teriyaki).

Bread- East Bay

Morrell's Bread at the Berkeley Farmers market. I'm used to Acme that needs to be eaten within 36 hours - Morrell's stayed awesome for 4-5 days.

Special occasion vegetarian friendly restaurant in the East Bay?

Penrose on Lakeshore had enough fish and veggie options to make a very nice meal.

Scratch that, just looked at the menu again and if you are vegetarian you only have salad and flat bread options.

I really enjoyed the trout for 2 which must be why I have fond memories of that dinner.

Pub to sample California Microbrews

Solid suggestions. I'd add in the Good Hop (Telegraph/24th, Oakland) that recently opened their doors. 14 taps of California brews plus 9 reach-ins with hundreds of different bottles. Probably a good 90% of the bottles are Californian and you can drink them on premises for a $1 corkage (cappage?) fee. The bartenders are extremely knowledgable and love to talk about beer.

I almost hate to mention them because it hasn't gotten too crowded yet - but I want them to be around forever. It is a nice relaxing place to explore beer.

Pork or Chicken Buns for Tonight - Oakland Chinatown

Shan Dong 328 10th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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.

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!

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/

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.

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
)

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.

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.

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!

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.

Need good outdoor Happy Hour spot in Oakland tonight

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

CHOW Tour Oakland, Your Thoughts On Where To Go?

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