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Please, please, please, come back! How about the Fruitvale area?
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.
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.
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.
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 institutions...like 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...
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...
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.
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!
Thanks for this. Tips on fave east bay spots for rosca de reyes?
My heart is once again happy!
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 going...it 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 end...you just have to move on if you are lucky enough to live through the changes. And you say...wow, 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.
sad to see it close but the prices were too high for the amount of food you get.
good you did not give up any of our Eastside spots.The ones you mentioned are all good...but
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.
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.
This is so sad. I love this place. It's always packed, I had no idea it could be losing money.
Thanks for calling the neighboring business for the scoop, Luke, Your journalistic duty has been fulfilled.
You can do it Teena. You been around and have the best fish lunch special in downtown Oakland.
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