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Comment Archives: stories: Blogs: What the Fork

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

I can't wait for an Indian city to begins protests of the horrifying american practice of mass murder of cattle and eating them!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/19/2016 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

I agree with Eddie...Bun Mam Soc Trang has the best Vietnamese soups I've had in either Oakland, SF or NYC. Well, at least since V's on Webster closed down about 10 years' ago.

Different of course from omnipresent Pha...and thus possibly to Vietnamese homey for some americans. But oooohhhh so good.

We'll get Bun Mam Soc Trang a place to open again soon enough!

Posted by Hugh Morrison on 07/15/2016 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: Stag’s Is Closing, FuseBOX Will Expand, and Human Interaction-Free Quinoa Comes to Berkeley

Stag's was tasty but a sure fire rip off, man. $25 for a roast beef sandwich and a soda? You should go out of business with that shit.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 07/15/2016 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

Wow Bijan, you're a real prognosticator! You "predicted" the business would fail "back in the 90's" and only had to wait 20+ years for your prediction to "come true." Except the business isn't failing at all. It's being forced out by the landlord and plans to reopen. Also, if you wait long enough pretty much any business will close. Hey, I predict that you will die someday! I'm never wrong.

Posted by DawnTB on 07/14/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

Yeah, great place. But also in the early seventies we got Rockridge Cafe (still going) and the Brick Hut, now gone. Not just Mama's. And wasn't there that little place up Fruitvale? with the small counter and huge omelets?

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 07/06/2016 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: LocoL Expands to West Oakland; Burma Bear and Agave Open Uptown

The owners must not have read or don't care about the reviews of the location on Broadway.I cannot think of a good reason why they would want to open another location when so many people have commented about the food lacking. The taste of the food is basic at best.

Posted by Mari jones on 07/06/2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

How about the employees buy it? Like they did at Zachary's...

Posted by Jeff Perlstein on 07/06/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

Clearly Danny Hipps is unhappy about having to pay his drywall employees in Carlsbad anything close to a living wage.

Posted by John Seal on 07/06/2016 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

As a former Mama's worker and someone who got his start in the restaurant business there cleaning the kitchen, I'm happy to read that George wants to find an owner who really understands the ambiance and vibe of this place.

I want to thank George M, Spencer Moore II, Julie Moore, and George Russell, for having the imagination, pioneering spirit, and perseverance that breathed life into this incredible restaurant initially, and to Mr. Marino and everyone who's worked there to sustain it over the years.

My life would not be the same without you!!!


Marc Wendt

Posted by Marc Wendt on 07/06/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

That's what happens when you have it your heart and soul and decided to spend your silver years with your the person you love and that has been by your side supporting you. Danny Hippo I don't think it is about a $3.25 minimum wage hike.

Posted by Andrew L Webe on 07/06/2016 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

This is what happens when you hike minimum wage from $9 to $12.25 overnight.

Posted by Danny Hipps on 07/06/2016 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

:( first Pretty Lady, now Mama's .... I want George to be able to retire, but NOOOOOOOOO was my first response as well. I hope a fan of Mama's buys it & doesn't change much... please please.

Posted by bill thAdon on 07/05/2016 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale


Posted by Kate Rhoades on 07/05/2016 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: A Coffee Box, a Sicilian Spinoff, and ‘Broffee’

Matt, I've never found Luke wanting as a food critic, and I suspect that he knows the meaning and significance of "craft coffee drinks."

Here's a hint -- in this case, regarding "artisanal bottled water":…

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 07/03/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “New Oakland-Made Saurkraut Takes Shots at Uber, Mayor

The photograph on the label was stolen, without credit or compensation, from freelance photographer Chris Duffey, a longtime contributor to Oakland Magazine and the East Bay Express. A representative of Phat Beets declined to cease using the photo when informed that it was stolen. So much for the ethics and good works of Phat Beets Produce, I guess.

Posted by Stephen Buel on 07/01/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye


Posted by Stacy Smithc on 07/01/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

I enjoyed the food, the service was ok.....

Posted by Linford J Gayle on 06/30/2016 at 2:43 PM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye


Posted by j4christ2016 on 06/30/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

Great food, truly awful, terrible, no good, very bad service. It was time for them to move on - their hearts weren't in it anymore.

Posted by Maude Dibbets on 06/30/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: A Coffee Box, a Sicilian Spinoff, and ‘Broffee’

"“Craft coffee drinks” — whatever that means" Luke, you might want to sit down, because this bit of truth I'm about to tell you is clearly going to rock your world: Luke, you're a food critic.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/29/2016 at 10:24 PM

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