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Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

SOBA ICHI is not the first Japanese/Asian to have hand-pulled/prepared noodles. They go extinct because it is not efficient. There should be moratorium against bldg owners taking over the lease and resuming basically same business of the evicted tenant. In short while they will sell it to someone at a premium, as FuseBox owner probably got nothing when they got evicted. Ejnoy while you can. Yes, my bill came in over $100 for 3!

Posted by wiseguy on 09/22/2018 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Los Carnalitos Brings a Taste of Mexico City to Hayward

It must be located south of Jackson St., as the stretch of Industrial Parkway northward is desolate ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 09/20/2018 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Los Carnalitos Brings a Taste of Mexico City to Hayward

Wow, I cant wait to try this place!

Posted by Joanne Edquilang on 09/19/2018 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Los Carnalitos Brings a Taste of Mexico City to Hayward

Sounds amazing, definitely checking this one out next time I'm in Hayward.

Posted by Michael Lum on 09/19/2018 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Los Carnalitos Brings a Taste of Mexico City to Hayward

I have been to this place and this recommendation is spot on!

Posted by Chewy1 on 09/18/2018 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Los Carnalitos Brings a Taste of Mexico City to Hayward

Dan and have a date to head over there this weekend! Excellent write up! Looking forward to more foodie adventures! Keep the reviews coming!

Posted by Joni Reynolds on 09/18/2018 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Los Carnalitos Brings a Taste of Mexico City to Hayward

I love non-pretentious food writing that pays attention to the important stuff: good food. I hope to read more!

Posted by Zoey Rothenberg on 09/18/2018 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Los Carnalitos Brings a Taste of Mexico City to Hayward

Ive been meaning to check this place out! Cant wait to try the huaraches!

Posted by Virginia Marcus on 09/18/2018 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Los Carnalitos Brings a Taste of Mexico City to Hayward

Sounds delicious! Cant wait to try it!

Posted by Kara Rothenberg on 09/18/2018 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Feeling at Home at Xinia's Bakery

We live in Pinole and love Xinia's Bakery. We highly recommend this bakery. Located close to El Portal Drive crossing San Pablo Dam Road. Must experience!

Posted by BestFood on 09/12/2018 at 7:09 AM

Re: “With Cafe Réveille, the All-Day Cafe Arrives in Berkeley

I mis-read; I thought it meant '24-hour cafe'. Fourth Street is mighty lonely at 2am ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 09/06/2018 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Henry's Soars to New Heights Thanks to the Kronnerburger Team

Kronnenburger destroyed the most beautiful mural on Piedmont Ave., and now they have left a shell. Thanks, guys. Expensive food, marginal staff, and tiny burgers along with the loss of a community icon, the mural. Pfft.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/05/2018 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Henry's Soars to New Heights Thanks to the Kronnerburger Team

The burger was already too small for the price and now they are even smaller? Amazing.

Posted by GK on 09/05/2018 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

Please,

The menu prices for artisan hand made soba are more than fair. Not everyone in Oakland wants this, and there are myriad establishments for any number of cuisines dotted throughout the city that are entirely affordable.

The level of craft combined with the aesthetics of the space warrant fair market renumeration to the creators. It is absolute BS that every restaurant has to be geared for all seasons and pocket books.

For some this will be a special occasion locale and for others something other. This is why Oakland is so magical, there is room for the expression of the arts, and in this case the art of food. It doesn't have to, nor should it be cheap or free.

By the way, I am one of those for whom it will be special occasions, and I am good with that, and will savor the privilege of partaking in what refinement of the art of soba these folks are manifesting.

Politically correct is getting off the charts and getting on my nerves.

Posted by ila on 08/18/2018 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

I appreciate this review and the way it weaves gentrification concerns into a food review. This is social commentary done right, a fusion of its own. Thank you!

Posted by Amy L. Keyishian on 08/17/2018 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

I loved FuseBox, and while it certainly wasn't JackInTheBox price wise, you could put together a tasty meal that left you satisfied without breaking the bank. I thought the review above was honest, thoughtful, and dealt with all the aspects involved, including how much work and thought goes into the noodles. However, after spending over $100 for three for lunch, I left appreciating the subtlety and goodness of the dishes, and was glad I experienced it, but all three of us decided it was not worth the wait and the cost, especially with so many other amazing choices in the East Bay alone. We won't be back.

Posted by Alan J Miller on 08/16/2018 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

It was documented circa 1990 that there were some 40,000 soba shops in Japan. Even that number probably didn't include every little mom & pop soba shop or ekisoba place (fast, inexpensive soba stands in or near train stations). To keep prices low, most of these places use fresh but machine-made noodles. Serving only teuchi (handmade) soba at the Bay Area's first and only real soba restaurant is admirable but also questionable. I think the introduction of soba cuisine in the U.S. would benefit by affordability. Labor-intensive handmade (and house-milled) noodles could come along later, or perhaps alongside the more affordable option.

Posted by Sandy Rothman on 08/16/2018 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

Come on, the long time locals of West Oakland didn't eat at fuse box either, no matter what the price point was. Fuse box was just as gentrifying as Soba Ichi is.

Posted by Heel Spur Warrior on 08/15/2018 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Henry's Soars to New Heights Thanks to the Kronnerburger Team

To me, the biggest difference at Henry's is that they don't have a wood or charcoal grill. That affects not just the burgers but lots of other dishes as well.

Nevertheless it's some of the best food in the East Bay.

Posted by RobertLauriston on 07/30/2018 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Why Oakland's Nyum Bai Is Poised for National Acclaim

Good review, makes me want to try this place.
One quibble: At a time when use of the N word can have serious career consequences, why are we continuing to use the term "kaffir lime" for [ital]Citrus hystrix? One doesn't have to be from South Africa to know that the K word is a highly offensive term used there by white people to demean black people. While there is some debate over the derivation of the name of the fruit (the most benign argument being that both this name and the racial epithet come from an Arabic root meaning non-Muslims or "infidels,"), it remains a highly charged term for many people. Fortunately, there is an increasingly common alternative name from its Thai homeland, "makrut." Just as the Spanish word cilantro is now the near-universal term for fresh coriander, and the Italian arugula has displaced rocket and roquette in nearly every cuisine, American diners can get used to the Thai name in any culinary context.

Posted by Jay Harlow on 07/21/2018 at 3:58 PM

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