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Re: “In Oakland, a Tale of Two Breakfast Sandwiches

Aleppo chili oil huh? It must not be fresh since Aleppo hasn't been exporting their chilis in quite some time. Food writing is such pretentious crap...

Posted by Emilio da Costa on 03/22/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I'm having trouble buying these two claims:

* That the Dimond's "older residents" (or any patrons, really) who went to McDonald's to get a "simple meal" and take a load off are now flocking to The Veg Hub for $10+ vegan meat analog sandwiches.

* That the typical McDonald's customer "might actually want to eat" the same.

I mean, sure, there may be some folks who would rather eat vegan fake meat than McD's and have been eating Quarter Pounders in despair, waiting desperately for such a place to open in the 'hood... (because for some reason they can't travel outside the Dimond to find the food they really want???). And I'm not defending McD's in any way here. Just saying I find these statements really, REALLY hard to believe. Got any sources, Luke Tsai?

Posted by Jenna Morley on 03/14/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Togi's Serves Real Mongolian Food

We just had their beef and noodle dish with a cabbage salad for dinner and it was great! The noodles are fresh and peppery and one order fed us both. We ordered take out, and brought it home. Sometimes it just beats cooking after a nice walk!

Posted by Lynn Lazarus on 03/11/2017 at 7:22 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

"Too bad about the religious beliefs"? Next, we'll be hearing the over-used (and much abused) word "hate."

I'm gay, and I'll enjoy the food, even if I can't get married in Rev. Chew's church. I won't resent his beliefs about human sexuality if he won't resent mine.

Would he refuse to serve me if I came in with a boyfriend? If so, he has a problem -- but I somehow doubt that would be the case.

Live and let live.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/11/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I was excited that a vegan restaurant was opening in my area, only to find that it was mainly focused on soy soy and more soy based foods. I consider myself a healthy vegan, and all the mentions of salty in your article are another reason I could never eat those types of foods. That being said, they do seem to have a fresh salad bar, which could save a trip to Whole Foods when my fridge is low on the stuff. There are all kinds of vegans, but the fact that they are not killing the animals is a good thing. Too bad about the religious beliefs.

Posted by Nina Chiappa on 03/11/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

What sweet irony! If this review is any indication, Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi could take a lesson from Mr. Chew!

This place has evidently succeeded at everything Locol (for all its pretension) claims it's trying to do -- with a vegan angle to boot -- in a neighborhood where it matters.

Talk about poetic (and social) justice!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/10/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I'm so excited for Chef Chew he's a great brother and also help me expand my business by giving me a chance to work with him. Thanks for a healthy opinions in the neighborhood

Posted by Veronyca Mawusi Abena on 03/10/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I am excited to try the Veg hub and live nearby. But I feel the need to correct an inaccuracy. The Veg Hub did not replace MacDonalds. The Dimond MacDonalds was in the space next door, and it did indeed close. In timing, yes the Veg Hub opened as the MacDonalds closed, but not in the same space. Point being, another fast food restaurant is likely to open up next door.
As a comment. I think it is cool that the Veg Hub has reasonable hours for workers, but they are making it difficult for customers. They do not open until noon. My wife and I would eat lunch there once a week at 11:30 if they were open then, but instead we go elsewhere. I think they miss out on early lunch business. And not being open on Fri, Sat and Sun is ridiculous for a restaurant in this location. Those would be the busiest days for a restaurant in this location. They should be closed on Mon, Tues.

Posted by Scott Yundt on 03/09/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

My partner and I were excited to try out VegHub and it was some of the best food we've ever had in the East Bay. We didn't experience ANY homophobia, or anything other than total welcoming hospitality. I consider myself an ethical vegan, too, and would never generalize or punish a business based on what I assume about their beliefs. And they are a black-owned business whose employees feel the shorter work week is humane and conducive to a more joyful life. I will support them 1) because the food is cruelty-free and INCREDIBLE. And also because we need to support businesses owned by people of color. Those reasons outweigh anything I might presume about their religious beliefs.

Posted by Tara B on 03/09/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

@ Andrew really ? because one of the former Pastors of the Grand Avenue Seventh-Adventist Church- who if I recall (I could be wrong) was instrumental in bringing such a restaurant to Oakland ( I recall talk about it a few years ago)- risked his ENTIRE career with a sermon about loving EVERYONE- including those in the gay community. Point-- Generalization ? Yes there are some- maybe many who are not as "progressive" in their religiosity. Some if not many ARE. You can have your beliefs based on your faith AND still love your brother and not JUDGE them on their lifestyle choice. It's not THAT difficult. My belief in scientific theories does NOT negate MY faith. Sure... some may not believe what I believe but it has NO bearing on MY relationship with God. I'm not a vegetarian- but I look forward to trying something outside of my comfort zone if it's as good as the reviewer says it is. :)

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Posted by Anthony Moore on 03/09/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I wonder, Andrew Zollman, if you know the religious affiliation of all restaurant owners in the Bay Area? My guess would be no and probably many would offend you as well. Heck, there could even be, gulp, republican restaurateurs. . Do they espouse their religious beliefs or just serve good vegan food there? Have you been?

Posted by Clyde Lerner on 03/08/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I appreciate the level of detail in the taste descriptions and I look forward to checking out the Veg Hub.

Posted by Helen Duffy on 03/08/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

For ethical vegans (and anyone else who supports social justice), the fact that they are Seventh-Day Adventists (who are against LGBTs/marriage equality, and don't allow women to be ordained) could be an issue. I'm not comfortable patronizing them because of that, which is unfortunate because of the other positive aspects. There are many other vegan restaurants in the area who don't have oppressive beliefs (to my knowledge), who I'd rather support.

I've reached out to them, and they don't denounce these aspects of their religion (although they curiously claim they don't believe LGBTs or women are "inferior").

Posted by Andrew Zollman on 03/08/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “In Oakland, a Tale of Two Breakfast Sandwiches

No, I will never order a "Baconslut".

Posted by Jono Schneider on 03/01/2017 at 6:03 PM

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

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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

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