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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink

Re: “The Cost of Not Selling Alcohol

If the restaurant projections show it would turn $600 K profit with 150 tickets a day with alcohol - and and $120 K loss with 350 non-alcohol tickets a day, why not split the restaurant - serving 150 tickets a day in a section with alcohol and serving 150 tickets a day in the family dining section serving no alcohol? That would result in $548 K profit - with the loss from non-alcoholic sales offset by sales with alcohol - at only 300 tickets per day volume. The menu and kitchen stay the same, and a bar is added - requiring the dining space the reduced 50 tickets per day would have required. That keeps the "family table" concept alive and makes a profit to sustain it. This was not considered?

Posted by William H. Thompson on 03/05/2014 at 11:42 PM

Re: “From Laos to 23rd Street

Love this restaurant. It's one of my favorites.

Posted by Vinya Sysamouth on 02/20/2014 at 1:06 AM

Re: “The (Coffee) Revolution Will Be Live

2 of my favorite spots ... thanks for the update

Posted by Lisa Tsering on 02/13/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Iyasare and the Essence of Umami

Randy: I'd call it three *big* mouthfuls. This isn't exactly an inexpensive restaurant, but, if anything, the portions were more generous than you'd expect at this kind of place. It's not the kind "small plates" restaurant where you wind up having to hack a single scallop into bite-size pieces.

Posted by Luke Tsai on 02/06/2014 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Iyasare and the Essence of Umami

Do I understand correctly from reading the review and sidebars that Ocean Umami, $16 = $8 per mouthful?
Seems kinda steep for a casual restaurant...

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Randy Vogel on 02/05/2014 at 11:26 PM

Re: “Analog Coming to Downtown Oakland

holy crap that analog place sounds laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame

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Posted by Kelly H williams on 01/24/2014 at 12:51 AM

Re: “Analog Coming to Downtown Oakland

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Posted by Editor on 01/22/2014 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Analog Coming to Downtown Oakland

PLEASE tell us this is a satire. Analog? should be called Irony. Take a bunch of old crap, dress it up to appeal to hipsters, and you can charge a ton for it. No doubt on "small plates," and probably washed down with PBRs.

And "emphasis on high-quality local ingredients" like maple syrup from Tilden Park maple trees, California bourbon, Briones Reservoir alligator, and mustard from Dijon...that's near Lodi, where the local dishes include poutine. Fail.

Can't someone open a restaurant around here that's moving things forward instead of backward?

6 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Ambierce Brose on 01/22/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Uptown's New Loring Cafe Falls Short

Are you suggesting that minneapolis is 1986? Oh please, we rated the original loring pasta bar lower than the folks in Oakland did at your imitation pasta bar. Nonetheless we cherish the place because the decor is fantastic, and it's hard to get around that point. Go on, smell your own fart.

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Posted by Dennis Stromback on 01/17/2014 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Colliding Cultures

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Posted by Editor on 12/27/2013 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Working-Class Venga Paella

We tried Venga Paella on a recent Saturday evening and enjoyed both the food and the quiet ambience. The wait staff and the proprietor were both accommodating and gracious. We disagree with the reviewer's valuation of the Pimenton with goat cheese which we found delicious as an appetizer prior to our main course which was the traditional paella valenciana. We shared that dish and found it adequate for two. We plan a return visit in the near future.

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Posted by Susan Singer on 12/25/2013 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Fine Dining for Vegans

Seems odd to overlook encuentro when reviewing the East Bay's vegetarian fine dining scene. In fact, the characterization of East Bay veg spots only peddling veggie patties is about as far off the mark as it comes. We have lots of great dining options clustered around downtown Oakland. Souley Vegan, Golden Lotus, Nature...

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rachel Gregg on 12/19/2013 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Organic-Style Greek Restaurant Pathos Opens in Berkeley

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Posted by Editor on 12/05/2013 at 3:49 PM

Re: “The Future of the Food Movement

It's hard to distinguish the "food movement" from "food hype."

I've been in gentrifood restaurants where, Portlandia-like, they list the "source" of the ingredients as if they were designer labels on clothing. Not that those labels mean anything: trendy semi-local outfits like Odwalla have killed people with their food yet people still seek them out. And meanwhile the nutrition info isn't noted (although you can get it at Olive Garden, but not at Chez Spendy).

It seems like the availability of the food foodies like is only available if you're willing to spend $150 to feed your family. Rather than focus on getting good food cheap, the "movement" seems to focus on scolding people who aren't like them to eat properly with soda taxes, happy meal restrictions, and generally ragging on MacD's and it's competitors...all well searching out Cronuts and duck-fat fries, which they'd ban if they came out of the fryer at Wendy's.

But good on you folks at the Express. You continue to review real people places like Venga Paella where there IS hope of good food at prices the 99% can afford. Keep it up.

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Posted by Ambierce Brose on 12/05/2013 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Dinner at a Dive

please observe Couyon's winter hours: the hours are wrong in the article which is our fault for not correcting our website in time:
winter hours
sun-thur 4-1030 pm
fri-sat 4pm-12:30am
Thanks and enjoy the food!

Posted by steve weeb on 11/02/2013 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Pass the Bourbon, Hold the Beef

This review nailed it.

We don't usually go to high-priced places, but my partner and I decided to try this place on my birthday. It was a terrible experience: the server paid little attention to us and when she did, she tried twice to rush us to a bill, the seafood my partner got was overcooked, the rib eye I ordered took an hour-and-a-half to get (medium) and was lukewarm when I got it.

I highly recommend NOT wasting your money here. There are plenty of places in Rockridge that are a far-better investment.

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Posted by John C Osborn on 10/18/2013 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Pass the Bourbon, Hold the Beef

I had close to the same experience as the reviewer, in our case 90% of the dishes failed. Thank god they comped our whole check including drinks after the second appetizer. I guess anticipating that the rest if the meal was going to be really bad.

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Posted by Sebastian Martin Mendieta on 10/18/2013 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Pass the Bourbon, Hold the Beef

I couldn't disagreed with this “critic” more. The food, Latin inspired, is in no way trying to be authentic. It is a play on Latin flavors so it has a Latin edge, but palatable for every taste, be it from burger to comfit. It is a beautiful space, classy yet casual, and perfect for a date night or wanting to experience an elevated edge with a downhome charm. I’m not sure where this critic was coming from except that maybe he landed himself there when he was having a bad day. I would suggest trying it out for yourself to judge the food, experience the service and enjoy the ambiance. It is, without a doubt, a contribution to the area. Thank you, Bourbon and Beef, for filling the dead space with something that is beautiful and way tasty!

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Posted by juliajoslyn on 10/17/2013 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Making Farmers' Markets More Affordable

Thanks Aaron! There should be a list of the farmers markets that participate in market match. As a student, my time is valuable.

Posted by Bonita Near on 10/13/2013 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Pozole, Please

The best place to ear. I have had the Chile Relleno plate and it was delicious.
Also I recomend the Albondigas Soup, mmmh its making me hungry as i write. Yummy......

Posted by Chikiss Mar on 10/08/2013 at 6:19 AM

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