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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Restaurant Review

Re: “Taqueria El Paisa@.com Serves the Best Tacos in Town

Best taqueria in california San Francisco La taqueria 25th and mission
El paisa taqueria nasty place.

Posted by Clau CruzGutierrez on 02/25/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

"Maybe it's unkind for me, a restaurant critic, to disparage the food of the ill and allergy-ridden."

I take offense at your article. The shepherd's pie is delicious and so is everything else. This restaurant deserves nothing but praise for bringing good food to those who cannot go to most other cafes and restaurants. For months, this was the only place where the food did not hurt me. Shame on you for discrediting them and their efforts just based on your personal tastes.

Posted by Yekaterina Satanina on 02/22/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

Too bad southern Thai food isn't being served in the flats and at a more reasonable price.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 02/01/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

Luke

I am a big fan of your writing and your palate. I lost count of the number of restaurants that you have alerted me to. Thanks.

I was ecstatic that you visited our newest restaurant in the village, and even more ecstatic that you like the place. We do too.

I am a business owner in Montclair and a Hills resident, and I find your typification of my business district and my neighborhood as 'lilywhite' to be demeaning, inaccurate and quite frankly, racist, short sighted and insensitive.

In fact, I showed your review to several people, who all questioned your use of the word "lily white."

In the Montclair business district, I see owners and employees of every color and background; in my residential neighborhood, I see the same mix.

Yes, the population of African Americans, Asian Americans and Latino Americans is less than in West and East Oakland, the San Antonio district and Chinatown/KoBe, but that is due to the high cost of housing more than any other factor, and is a sad statement on our institutionally racist society, not of any individual neighborhood.

Still on my block in the Hills - 150 families - there are families of every race.

A retraction would be nice.

Cordially,
Jeff Diamond, president Montclair Village Association

Posted by Jeff Diamond on 01/31/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

People who live in Montclair today didn't choose the restaurants that are in the village. Rents are incredibly high, there's little available retail space due to too many realtors on the ground floor, and that is what determines who can stay, who can't come in. People who live in Montclair eat in restaurants all over Oakland. Don't equate white with non-adventurous eating.

Posted by Susan Weiner on 01/31/2017 at 6:16 AM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

@Pete O -- I know, rite? This guy can't even handle eating rotting fish guts, and WE'RE the provincial rubes? Come on bro, toughen up.

Posted by Frank Elways on 01/27/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

Could you be any more condescending to the residents of Montclair?

Posted by Pete O on 01/25/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Please Pass the Persian

Nice analysis ! BTW , others are searching for a CA East Bay Purchase Agreement Addendum , I filled a fillable document here Bay Purchase Agreement Addendum.

Posted by Pat Redman on 01/20/2017 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Berkeley Social Club Is a Different Kind of Korean Restaurant

BTW, Pican's "Creole Spiced Bacon" is dead easy to make; I do it all the time at home. Didn't even need a recipe to figure that one out, LOL. We prefer it with a modest amt of brown sugar, we like our spicy bacon to taste balanced between sweet/salt and less like candied jerky.

Posted by Jean Komatsu 1 on 01/16/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Berkeley Social Club Is a Different Kind of Korean Restaurant

I've enjoyed the Millionaire's Bacon at Brewery Gulch Inn many times, and it's so incredibly delicious! What I find interesting is that not only is the name of Mr. Choi's bacon the same as that of the dish that's been on BGI's menu since 2001, but the ingredients for Mr. Choi's bacon look identical to the ingredients in the Millionaire's Bacon at Brewery Gulch Inn. Things that make you go "Hmmm...."

Posted by Heather Thompson Noll on 01/11/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Berkeley Social Club Is a Different Kind of Korean Restaurant

We are both amused and honored that Mr. Choi, a guest of ours in 2010, has chosen to include on his menu Millionaire's Bacon, a signature item created by our first chef and the featured item on our menu since the Inn's opening in 2001.

Guy Pacurar, Proprietor
Brewery Gulch Inn
Mendocino, California

Posted by Guy Pacurar on 01/11/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Be a Phool for Love at Alem's Coffee in Oakland

I love it there I always eat there thanks for sharing

Posted by Omer Salih Ibrahim on 01/04/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Be a Phool for Love at Alem's Coffee in Oakland

Been there, good coffee

Posted by Rich Marta on 01/04/2017 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Going Country at Overland

Overland has a completely new menu with a few of the old items improved.
I think it is worth a trip by your reviewers and customers who haven't been in a while.. to check out the great menu by Geoff Deetz, an OG of the Oakland food scene.

Posted by Cricket Deetz on 12/22/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Hayward's Just Potato Salad and the Ministry of Meat

I've just mixed Q sauce into my standard-issue salad, but I'll show up next time I'm in Hayward..

Posted by Phil Allen on 12/14/2016 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Arabic Fusion Comes to Berkeley with Saha

Correction Marmee Manak a seasoned sommelier who has worked alongside This incredible chef for many years. She has travelled internationally to organic: biodynamic wine festivals and visit domestically many of our vineyards to experience the land. I'm enticed to dine there for both the food and exquisite wines.

Posted by Dana-Lee Smirin on 12/11/2016 at 1:17 AM

Re: “Arabic Fusion Comes to Berkeley with Saha

And you didn't even try the biodynamic wines paired so beautifully to each dish it seems. Somalier Marmee Marnak has scoured the world seeking wines that enliven our being.

Posted by Dana-Lee Smirin on 12/11/2016 at 1:08 AM

Re: “Annapurna in Old Oakland Is a New Go-To Spot for 'Everyday' Nepalese-Indian

Just visited Annapurna. Lovely decor, not as good as Hamro Aangan/Albany. The Khashi Ko Masu (goat wet curry) at Annapurna is not as good as at Aangan--lacks complexity and depth. No grilled tomato, btw. The fried fish is also better at Aangan, with a lighter batter and not overcooked. The cauliflower/potato curry was indifferent, too. You're right about the naan and lamb mo-mo's, however--both were outstanding at Annapurna.

Posted by Jean Komatsu 1 on 12/02/2016 at 9:27 PM

Re: “The Isaan-Style Larb at Larb Thai Food & Tapas Is a Knockout

Yes, they are great. I love their noodle soup as well as their ESAN (Thai Laos Mixed) style food. Bamboo soup, the BBQ ribs, and their soft sticky rice. Mann, it made me hungry just to think about it. Too bad, we live very far away. But, we will go again this weekend.

Can't have enough of good Thai food.

Posted by Thaiinus on 12/02/2016 at 5:18 AM

Re: “The Isaan-Style Larb at Larb Thai Food & Tapas Is a Knockout

Oh OK.. this is in the same little strip as my favorite cheap lunch deals from the Banh Mi place. For $3 one can get FULL off of a cool banh mi (bread could be softer at times tho). Now I have a new spot to haunt at lunch. Love me some laab

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/30/2016 at 8:47 PM

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