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Comment Archives: stories: Blogs: What the Fork

Re: “Hawker Fare Aims to Go Out With a Bang

Please, please, please, come back! How about the Fruitvale area?

Posted by Walter McDowell on 02/02/2017 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Hawker Fare Aims to Go Out With a Bang

Agree with the first three commenters...and also a white boomer "gentrifier." I chose Oakland because I love it. Mostly its diversity and food scene. I don't want another San Francisco, as cool as it is to have the city across the bay accessible.

Posted by Alison Mundy on 02/01/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Hawker Fare Aims to Go Out With a Bang

The Trumpization of America marches on with money and homogenization and privilege as the themes. Keep 'em out if they're different. Keep out their amazing talents that truly made America great. More white bread please. Make American White again. And I'm a white baby boomer who brags about Oaktown and our amazing diversity of people and food. Sad, Boring. Tears.

Posted by Alan J Miller on 02/01/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Hawker Fare Aims to Go Out With a Bang

I used to work a block away from HF, and I ate there something like 3x a week for a year+, because it was f'ing spectacular. Not only was the food great, but the staff was great as well.

In the waning days of the job I had in Uptown, things were rough. Emotionally draining. Utterly, soul-crushingly miserable. I was walking, dejected, back to the parking lot at the end of a long day, and A came jogging out of the place and said, "Hang on." He went back inside & made me an ice cream cone. I may have teared up a little.

There are a lot of things I loved about Hawker Fare. The style of the place. The people. The great food. Sometimes a bit out of my comfort zone. Always interesting. I was proud that place was Oakland.

And as long as I live, I'll never forget that ice cream cone.

Posted by Seppo Helava on 01/31/2017 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Hawker Fare Aims to Go Out With a Bang

Passing of an OakAsian institution. I'm a white guy so don't know my Asian cuisine as well as natives who've lived it, but I'm putting this right up there with the disappearance of some other OakAsian moderately priced the old V's on Webster and Bun Mam Soc Trang near 14th Ave.


Correct me if I'm wrong Luke, as your live and work this stuff.

There are certainly still a few hidden gems at reasonable prices. But these three were as good as anything in NYC. And unfortunately this is one white guy who doesn't have the money to follow V's back to Southeast Asia...

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/31/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Oaktown Soul: Gussie's to Bring Chicken and Waffles Across the Bay

We Can't wait.. imagine the disappointment when I wanted a meal at Gussies for my birthday only to get there and find it had closed!!! and NOW, It's reopening closer to home!!! Great food great atmosphere and great location. A dream come true...

Posted by Miki Elster on 01/25/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Jack's Oyster Bar Shutters in Jack London Square

Regardless of price to portion issues, most restaurants/eateries at JLS are struggling... And there are a lot of places worth the trip! Check out Overland Bar & Grills new mostly mexican menu with the addition of gumbo, burgers and some american fare. Also the Authentic Bagel Company has just that REAL bagels! They offer them in traditional preparations and in their own sandwiches and plates.. and take a scone to go for later. Steel Rail Public House is also a must on your trip to JLS. Easy to park or catch the broadway shuttle most any day or time.

Posted by Cricket Deetz on 01/08/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: R.I.P. Genova Deli

Genova's Deli is mediocre at best for the outrageous rip off prices paid for a sandwich with hardly any meat and just a pinch of veggies, so you pay $9 for the bread. Their lowest price per pound for sliced deli meats is $17! Raviolis are tasty but mostly pasta dough and sauce is good but a medium sized container is like $20! Total con artist scam going on at all their locations especially walnut creek. Another rip off example is all their prepared dishes or soups. One of the last time I bought a chicken tortellini soup for $12, it didn't have any chicken, not one piece! Freakin people give you nothing and empty your wallet! I do see the workers giving heaping portions on orders to their friends near closing time and some people didn't pay either! I hate Genova's and would never go there again and don't recommend it to anyone unless you like being robbed! They were probably good at one time and now use and abuse that past reputation to get away with robbing people and so many stupid idiots wait in line for hours for a piece of shot sandwich!

Posted by Matt Gilmore on 01/03/2017 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Where to Buy a Cake for Your Upcoming Holiday Party

Thanks for this. Tips on fave east bay spots for rosca de reyes?

Posted by MV on 01/03/2017 at 10:49 PM
Posted by Lynette Gailord on 12/24/2016 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Will Reopen in JK's Brickhouse in West Oakland

My heart is once again happy!

Posted by Finesse Robinson on 12/24/2016 at 8:00 AM
Posted by Jason Nino Parker on 12/23/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

You know who contributes the most to gentrification? People who BEGIN the process by finding an empty warehouse and turning it into something artsy. That is where it all starts. That is the point of "sensitive dependence upon initial conditions" in chaos theory.

But once gentrification starts is hard to stop. The East Bay Area was too far gone long ago. Ghost Ship marks the point of R.I.P. where people who live for the funk suddenly wake up and realize funk is highly flammable. Time to get a day job like a citizen or move to a city with funk you can afford. Yes, you kicked off the whole gentrification process somehow. The local real estate is now worth billions. The yuppies frolic in wealth.

Now you are evicted. Leave.

Yes, the ugly and ungrateful final stage of gentrification. The funky people throw up their hands, curse, and leave.

You know there is a robotics industry just starting to jell in Boston? Ten years from now who knows what could happen? And if trade actually kicks off with Cuba despite many obstacles and bumps ahead...maybe someplace in Florida is the next big thing...maybe Havana is the next big thing. But it sure ain't Oakland anymore.

There is an amazing amount of depressed real estate left over in Florida from the collapse of the housing market and Hurricane Katrina. Food for thought.


Things have a beginning, middle and just have to move on if you are lucky enough to live through the changes. And you, remember that cool little place we used to go? Sigh. Then you find the next cool little place. You kick off the next big thing.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Jack's Oyster Bar Shutters in Jack London Square

sad to see it close but the prices were too high for the amount of food you get.

Posted by Jeff San on 12/21/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Where to buy Christmas Tamales in the East Bay

good you did not give up any of our Eastside spots.The ones you mentioned are all good...but

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 12/19/2016 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

@Phil Wolff
A victim of his own contribution to gentrification, you mean? There's always a beginning to every process. People tend to think gentrification begins with and ends with tech workers and condos.
Obviously it begins with punks, artists, and """community""" cafes.

Posted by Tibby Isherwood on 12/17/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

A semantic quibble...

You can have a waiting list for new employees when you pay enough. They'd be lined up with applications if you paid 2x, 3x, or 4x the minimum wage and keep each working a full 40 hour week. They'd be able to live well in Oakland.

Sadly, this would force you to boost the cost of already expensive meals beyond where you're competitive.

But it's not really that you can't afford to pay your workforce, it's that the cost of housing (which is an indirect cost you pay through wages) has risen too high. You're a business victim of Bay Area gentrification.

Posted by Phil Wolff on 12/17/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

This is so sad. I love this place. It's always packed, I had no idea it could be losing money.

Posted by BostonMeow on 12/17/2016 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Jack's Oyster Bar Shutters in Jack London Square

Thanks for calling the neighboring business for the scoop, Luke, Your journalistic duty has been fulfilled.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 12/14/2016 at 9:58 PM

Re: “In Uptown Oakland, Catered to You Serves a Fish Sandwich Worth Saving

You can do it Teena. You been around and have the best fish lunch special in downtown Oakland.

Posted by Alicia C on 11/29/2016 at 12:48 AM

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