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My go-to place for great comfort bar eats.
The tots remind me of my Portland, OR roots.
'But much of why I loved the place had to do with the other sensory pleasures that come with sitting at the counter to watch the chefs do their thing in the smoke-filled haze of the kitchen fiddling with the vents on the grill or flipping pieces of fried chicken over with a pair of chopsticks. It's a scene that could as easily take place in a back alley in Tokyo as an upscale-ish restaurant in Oakland.'
Yes! Sitting at the counter and smelling like the skewers is what makes a yakitori-ya experience special.
how does one reconcile Sicilian poverty cuisine with saffron? arguably the most expensive food ingredient on the planet...
Yes the original Loring opened in 1986. The Loring Pasta bar in Dinkytown, Minneapolis closer to 2000, and the Varsity theatre is still there too. Jack Chatham (Jefferson)
Maybe you mean the food is actually "bad"? Because Chipotle (despite its teething problems) is known for it's food being actually "good" - organic etc.
Thanks, Robert. Fixed.
Sounds good, but there is no ñ in habanero.
Was eating at belly when the Black Panthers came by, they were respectful and asked to use the rest room and spoke to the owner of Belly, Alice Woo, about gentrification, she said no to the bathroom and told them to leave, as soon as they were gone she stormed to the kitchen and started screaming “F%*K THE BLACK PANTHERS” and “I CAN TAKE THEM”, yelling about how “this isn't what gentrification is”. I left, I was and still am so disgusted that a place like belly exists, especially in Oakland. This happened almost a year ago, I posted on yelp and the owner (Alice Woo) replied, comparing the Black Panthers to panhandlers and saying that her customers felt threatened - I was her customer, I did not feel threatened by the people who came in, I felt threatened by the owner. Then she deleted her posts. Search by rating on yelp and you will see how this restaurant treats people of color and their view of the surrounding community.
Yes, count me in! Margaret and I had a great banquet style cabbage dish at a fancy Peking duck place in Beijing...one of my most memorable food memories from China. Would love to try this fancy cabbage thing.
Wow! This place sounds amazing. And I definitely remember those kinds of barbecues!
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!)
"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.
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
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!
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 :)
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.
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