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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Restaurant Review

Re: “Faux Meat Keeps It Real at The Butcher's Son and Taqueria La Venganza

The veganism of hipster bearded gentrification.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 06/13/2016 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Faux Meat Keeps It Real at The Butcher's Son and Taqueria La Venganza

So overrated. I find it so odd that so many people are falling all over themselves to heap praise on this food. Everything at the Butchers Son tastes exactly the same. And does a real NY Deli charge $9+ for a bagel with a couple pathetic toppings?

And while the taqueria does much better, especially with regards to price, the well to do white kids waiting in line kinda takes away the idea that you're magically being transported to Fruitvale...

Posted by Kelly H williams on 06/12/2016 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Algerian Food Comes to Berkeley

Glad there is algerian food around , it has been 4 months for me here , struggling to cook algerian recepes, I live in oakland and I will definitely pass by for couscous and mhajeb, I'm from setif by the way , good luck guys and I'm really proud of you

Posted by Ahlam Ziani on 06/12/2016 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Faux Meat Keeps It Real at The Butcher's Son and Taqueria La Venganza

I liked the Greek place, but since now gone, decided to check-out the new. Appreciate that Butcher's Son is giving neighborhood vegans a fun alternative to Herbivore for faux philly cheese steak and other faux meaty goodness. EXCEPT: over-priced AND got a big hair (not mine) in half my sandwich. Was hair of man doing food prep in area behind cash register/ordering counter--YUCK! I didn't say anything at the time because needed to shortly leave and they were in midst of lunch rush. TIP: coffee is free refills if you drink it there. Vegan donuts they make onsite were tasty, not sure how compares to Pepples.

Posted by Luna O. on 06/08/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Faux Meat Keeps It Real at The Butcher's Son and Taqueria La Venganza

I usually agree with you, Luke, but the Butcher's Son is way overblown. I much preferred the humble Greek place that left - their meatball sub blew this one away.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 06/08/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Faux Meat Keeps It Real at The Butcher's Son and Taqueria La Venganza

Estos tacos son una delicia, además están preparados con toda limpieza. Las salsas me encantaron. Arturo

Posted by Violeta Arciniega on 06/08/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Togi's Serves Real Mongolian Food

Thanks guys and welcome

Posted by Togi on 06/01/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Algerian Food Comes to Berkeley

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Posted by Editor on 05/20/2016 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Blind Tiger's Asian-Fusion Small Plates Speak for Themselves

Place with be closed by the end of the year.

Just like a dozen or more places on Telegraph in that area.

We're not at SF levels of densely to support all the semi-high priced restaurants. You can't walk out of a place like that for two and spend less than 50 with a tip.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 05/19/2016 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Blind Tiger's Asian-Fusion Small Plates Speak for Themselves

The oysters are briny (or not) and delicious.

Posted by Lisa M Dombroski on 05/18/2016 at 5:38 PM

Re: “El Sabrosito Serves Pupusas for the People

You just gave away Jack London's best-kept lunch secret! No, really, I am thrilled to see El Sabrosito get the attention. They're great and they deserve it!

Posted by sarah miller on 05/11/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Cal-Italian without Pretense

As their across the street neighbor, I've watched Peter and Melissa sweat and toil and build a truly exceptional restaurant over the past four years. The restaurant business is tough enough but building a good business in a somewhat obscure location is particularly daunting. By offering an exceptional product in a fun environment, hey have faced that challenge and prevailed!! Anybody who loves pizza will enjoy this restaurant and I am particularly impressed by their high quality produce. If you haven't been there, I strongly recommend going.

Scott McFadin
Owner
Kensington Circus Pub

Posted by Scott Mcfadin on 05/05/2016 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Cal-Italian without Pretense

While I agree with a lot of the positives about Benchmark especially the Strozzapreti dish, I beg to differ about the Caesar Salad...a large but mediocre salad compared to many I've had in the Bay area notably Zuni and without croutons! for $14?... when I got it I asked our server why no croutons..he said we just don't..given that they have terrific bread that I understand they bake there it was a real conceptual mistake.. (to their credit I asked for bread which was served)...they really need to rethink that

Posted by Bob Waks 1 on 05/04/2016 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Cal-Italian without Pretense

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Posted by Editor on 05/04/2016 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Cal-Italian without Pretense

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Posted by Editor on 05/04/2016 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Cal-Italian without Pretense

Actually to the south and east of El Cerrito or North of Berkeley along Arlington and Grizzly Peak Blvds to use more familiar "benchmarks". As often and as long as I've driven ( a VERY conspicuous 25 mph) along Arlington, I only know of the hardware store, church and gas stations as reasons to stop. My toddler on and I will very soon take the trip-- maybe on the way back from a late trip to Tilden Little Farm to partake in the very good deal prix fixe meal ! Thanks for the review !

Posted by Anthony Moore on 05/04/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Getting Your Hands Dirty at Hang Ten Boiler

Where does their shrimp come from?

Posted by Christy Del Rio on 04/29/2016 at 9:19 PM

Re: “At Mien Tay, Pho is Not King

Nice article, I love pho and grew up with Vietnamese ninjas in Salinas/Seaside. One of the dishes reminded me of catching striped bass off the beach in marina and having my friends mom cook it. She would sear it and simmer it in a fish sauce with shallots and peppers. Amazing to say the least. If someone out here has a recipe please share, I love to cook and never was able to get the full recipe from my friend Bin.

Posted by Jay Vee on 04/24/2016 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Tamales, Without Fanfare

Tamaleria Azteca is located at the corner of Arlington and Market, not 60th.

Posted by Michele Nelson on 04/13/2016 at 2:24 PM

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

What I really want to know is do you know of any places in Fruitvale that do proper al pastor? That is, cooked on a vertical spit? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_pastor

Posted by Steve Hull on 04/12/2016 at 1:50 PM

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