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Wow! This place sounds amazing. And I definitely remember those kinds of barbecues!
OMG WE CANNOT WAIT!!!! I started reading this article and said to myself "PLEASE GOD MAKE HER SERVE MANYEESH. And then i read the rest of the article and saw my prayers will be answered. Welcome to the Fruitvale we cannot wait to have you!
This is really disappointing especially hearing that he is still so passionate about making food. I wonder if he could go through Kiva local to help fund his start up. With so many people who loved his food, his generous heart and charitable intentions I'd be he'd make money in no time. Just a thought... maybe Luke you can pass on the idea to Tony?
Be sure to verify the items in your check because they appear to have the habit of adding items that you didnt order (happened to me three times!)
Wow. What a loss. I would trade one of the "high end gourmet places" for this any day ... Tony was a true delight and so was his food. One of the high points of the East Bay (Oakland in particular) is being able to spend less than $10 for lunch and getting not just something "good" ... but something truly special and truly unique. Whether it's Mongolian or Viet-Mex fusion doesn't matter ... what matters is great, affordable food made by great people. Let's hope Tony gets his dream ... and hopefully you'll let us know when he does!
That's too bad. We did our laundry at the laundromat next to Saigon Deli Sandwich & Taco Valparaiso just so we could eat there while we washed. They will be missed. Good luck to Tony finding a new space.
"yet undeveloped restaurant neighborhoods" Pretty soon that area will be so "developed" no resident who lives there now will be able to afford to eat at this pizza or (inevitable) brunch place. This is how an "affordable" (read: "less affluent") neighborhood gets colonized by white gentrifiers and turned into the next Temescal. Another restaurant for high-so's making inroads.
What is interesting here is that this will be the FIFTH restaurant to open in this space in a relatively short span of time, and the SECOND MEXICAN SPOT. What does this tell you? That this food court has better offerings that are driving all the traffic there. Kirala, Soop, a gelato place, and a Chinese restaurant/tea spot. Nothing so far can last against that competition, and I can tell you that YET ANOTHER Mexican spot, no matter how good, doesn't stand a chance. There are plenty of Mexican restaurants in town, and apparently, there is little need for one in the Gourmet Ghetto. I give this place 6-12 months, TOPS.
Merritt Bakery is closed. Although someone told me they took over the old Kwik-Way drive-thru, so maybe they have their chicken there.
Dear writer: "The trattoria's founders are two genuine Sicilian immigrants, Rosa and Guiseppe D'Alo, both of who still help cook...: That should be both of WHOM, just so you know. Thank you! - Denise Taylor
Merritt bakery in Oakland is hands down the best fried chicken in bay area. not even mentioned?
I enjoyed the spicy seafood hot pot I tried the other day, a bargain at $10.
Loved the white pizza and the meat plate. And the mushroom pizza, focaccia, carrot salad and pickled veggies too! Great beer too. Well done!
What about the Southern Cooking joint on MacArthur on the Glenview side of Fruitvale? I heard that has great fried chicken - haven't been there yet but plan to go.
Love eating at out of the way places in yet undeveloped restaurant neighborhoods - and tried Philomena's on the recommendation of a friend. We were hoping for the best but it was not to be. Sam Lowry was right - soggy and flavorless and scant toppings too. Big disappointment on pizza night. This pizza can't hold a candle to The (new) Leaning Tower of Haddon Hill at Newton and Wesley off the lake which is our go-to joint. Isaac the owner has researched and developed his pizza crust down to a delicious science - best pizza in the East Bay. Philomena, you have to be better than this to get us back for a second try.
Looks like typical flavorless, soggy bay area pizza that every place is doing now.
great spot :)
Good guide. I am hungry
I read this review/article yesterday so a co-worker and I ventured over there at lunch to try it. I'm with Jono...I wasn't impressed. I got the Hawaiian ham torta and she got the 5 taco platter. While they weren't "bad", they weren't "great" either. Let's just say I wouldn't venture over there JUST to stop by for a bite to eat. One thing I will say is their staff was very pleasant. So good job for that. Of course I recommend you give it a try, so you can come to your own conclusions, but I've had much better and cheaper tortas and tacos.
I'm so not in agreement. Place has bland food and is insanely overpriced for Mexican. And don't tell me the price is justified by the neighborhood. Cactus on Solano and College is half the price and twice as good.
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