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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Restaurant Review

Re: “The Whole Hog

Too bad I didn't see any of these delicious items on the menu last night... I know I would have been much happier.

Cheese and charcuterie plate was #predictable and boring
Octopus was tad over-cooked
Squash blossoms was ok; but not memorable
Pizza was good I heard; But by then, I was done with the place

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Posted by Samayou kodomo on 05/16/2015 at 4:42 PM

Re: “A Tiny Pub with Big Appeal

Pricey. Bay area prices slowly killing us.

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Posted by Nikki Simonsen on 04/23/2015 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Iyasare and the Essence of Umami

The menu quoted on the was $70/person without cocktails and service, That is a bit north of what I consider casual dining (Perhaps Chow or Sidebar).

This sounds divine, but casual dining is not what I might call it.

(but maybe that is just me)

Posted by Gil Batzri on 04/22/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Enter the Dragon

Yah, a great place I agree. Each time we visited on an off night, it was fairly uncrowded and easy to get seating. No doubt Fri and Sat evenings would be different.

Posted by chris juricich on 04/10/2015 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Going Analog at Downtown Oakland's New Late-Night Sandwich Spot

Nice,another vegan place in the east bay. Gotta try it.

Posted by Lou Krozt on 04/09/2015 at 2:48 AM

Re: “When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

Not many people I know were around in Paleo days and fewer still have any fond memories.

I think there were very few restaurants, especially gluten-free ones 10K years ago not to mention 100K years in the past. The problem of providing menus, for instance, was a barrier before the invention of reading and writing and paper and even pictograph menus on stone would have been difficult to use due to their size and weight and the time required for updates.

A couple of thoughts come to mind:

First, back in Paleo days eating was not so much an entertainment but more of a necessity where almost any edible or even quasi-edible might do: carrion, fern shoots, insects, fresh blood cocktails if you could find a good mixologist. And having a choice of many quasi-edibles at any one moment would probably have been a matter for hysterical laughter--I am assuming that laughing was well-established among humanoids even 200K years ago. Back then I’m quite sure that absolutely nobody could have thunk of such a humorous thing as multiple choices for primi, secondi and contorni, not to mention dolci.

Second, supposedly yucky foods for the Paleo foodie like milk, cheese, gelato and the like or the gluten-bearing loaf or hardtack, or, horror of horrors, the pie, have been seen by anthropologists in quite a different light. Evidently civilization, or the life that we know so well filled with cars, airplanes, the internet, celebrities, etc., depended directly on humans cultivating things like grains and digesting milk as adults. Adult milk tolerance has been such a useful evolutionary adaptation that it has occurred repeatedly in human history from Paleo times to the Present Day.

My guess is that if there were noodle shops around in Paleo days, they would have had all the business they could handle.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/02/2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

I have not eaten at Mission Heirloom Cafe and, frankly, had little desire to before Mr Tsai put out this review which barely contains his frank dismay with the cuisine the place offers. He tries somewhat vainly to provide some balance of fairness, taking the tack that perhaps the restaurant isn't for the 90% of us with food sensitivities, but more appropriate for those mixed 10% who actually have some health conditions and those (the majority of that 10%) that either imagine they do or...whatever.

With respect to the restaurateurs' mission, I wish them well. With respect to people who would like a tasty, flavorful meal, I guess they will have to wait.

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Posted by chris juricich on 04/02/2015 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Going Analog at Downtown Oakland's New Late-Night Sandwich Spot

Cafe 80's! More of the prophetic Back to the Future trilogy coming true, "You mean you have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy."

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 03/26/2015 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Algerian Food Comes to Berkeley

GREAT to hear Hasnia is not oversalting its food. We loathe oversalted food; you can always add it but can't take it away once there's too much. Couscous and merguez, here we come!

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Posted by Jean.Komatsu on 03/26/2015 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Communitē Table Is a Welcome Addition to Oakland's Laurel District

I I had a delicious meatloaf sandwich/green salad for lunch there last week.
Very relaxed and un-fussy vibe with a Nina Simone album playing in the background. Bliss!

Posted by Deborah Lindsay on 03/09/2015 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Communitē Table Is a Welcome Addition to Oakland's Laurel District

I can't wait to try Michele's new venture. I have had the opportunity to sample her delicious food at Pouet and the former Gulf Coast Oyster Bar, and her cooking rocks!

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Posted by Alison Negrin on 02/26/2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Communitē Table Is a Welcome Addition to Oakland's Laurel District

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Posted by Editor on 02/25/2015 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Communitē Table Is a Welcome Addition to Oakland's Laurel District

Will look forward to trying Communite's potpie. The large potpie @Bakesale Betty is more easily obtained by going in and ordering it for pickup in 48 hrs, btw.

Posted by Jean.Komatsu on 02/25/2015 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Wine and Dine

We love Barrel Room/Oakland: sorry you missed the previous Spain/Portugal theme, it was even better than the current French! But we thought the texture of the Boeuf Bourguignon was actually off, although tasty. You can't go wrong with staff reco's for wine: Jenny Lemay, the sommelier, has been our waitress on both our visits. She is certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers, meaning she's passed the Level II exams and is continuing her studies for the Advanced exams. She's a gem!

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Posted by Jean.Komatsu on 02/18/2015 at 5:20 PM

Re: “This Hole-in-the-Wall Is Doing What No Other Restaurant in Oakland Is

Yah, but say Clinton and nobody has any clue where you're talking about, except us folks that live here :)

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Posted by Nancy June Nash on 02/16/2015 at 11:55 AM

Re: “A West Berkeley Restaurant with Adults in Mind

I live in the neighborhood and had happily anticipated the opening of Longbranch. The food is good, mixed drinks selection is great. But the several times I've been in there, each time there has been something off with the staff—first time they told us we couldn't sit in dining room because there wasn't space, yet for the three hours we were there only two or three of the tables were occupied. Second time the waitress didn't know anything about the wine list and had to call over a bartender, who recommended a reallllly mediocre wine as "the best on the menu." Third time we had a reservation, yet they seated us at a table right by the door to bathrooms/kitchen and waitress just brought us our bill after never speaking to us after taking our orders (didn't ask how we were doing once our food arrived, never asked if we might want dessert....) Really strange. Much better service at their other restaurant right next door, so who knows what's up.

Posted by Kay Tranner on 02/12/2015 at 9:35 AM

Re: “A West Berkeley Restaurant with Adults in Mind

One of the greatest shows I ever saw-and I saw plenty as a roadie and engineer-was Toots And The Maytals at The Longbranch. We still talk about it and it was 40 years ago.

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Posted by Phil Brown on 02/12/2015 at 6:59 AM

Re: “This Hole-in-the-Wall Is Doing What No Other Restaurant in Oakland Is

Can't wait to check it out! But East 23nd St and 10th Ave is Clinton, not Eastlake. https://localwiki.org/oakland/Clinton https://localwiki.org/oakland/Merritt

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Posted by Tim Rood on 02/05/2015 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Everyday Izakaya

Wholeheartedly agree. I love the Swan's Market, especially with the addition of B-Dama.

Posted by jim.trenkle on 12/17/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Bluebird Pizzeria: East Coast pizza and down-home hospitality

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