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Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

I love the black businesses. We need more. Growing up in Oakland I have watched them wither away. I'm glad yours is a beautiful bud. Hoping it blossoms into bouquet of bountiful blessings for you and yours.

Posted by getlow judson on 03/07/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

Hi Jessica. Congratulations on your business. This sounds like a winner. I own a mobile bartending business in Hayward and would love to partner with you. Please contact me via email - Michelle

Posted by Michelle Toney on 03/06/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

Just what we need... More booze

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/06/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Six East Bay Restaurants Where You Can Score Killer Fish and Chips for Lent

Pacific Brewing Company fish and chips: 4.5/5

Drake's Dealership fish and chips: 2/5 (fish as thin as a three year old's pinkie)

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/01/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Six East Bay Restaurants Where You Can Score Killer Fish and Chips for Lent

Quinn's Lighthouse is very good, too.

Posted by Eric A Hughes on 03/01/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Six East Bay Restaurants Where You Can Score Killer Fish and Chips for Lent

An odd and deeply cynical attitude toward the traditional spiritual meaning of Lent. Perhaps simply uninformed by ignorance and the greedy hyperconsumerism of our day.

Eating fish for Lent pointed to the condition of the poor and the appropriate Christian reflection. Fish was poor people's food.

Natcherly, with the advancing extinction of marine life, fish may no longer be considered cheap eats.

It does appear, however, that along with the extinction of species, so too goes compassion.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/01/2017 at 10:08 AM

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

Good, those places were overpriced and pretentious and the coffee was sludge.

Posted by Nancy DE on 02/24/2017 at 1:43 AM

Re: “A Burmese Resurrection: Grocery Cafe Will Get a Second Life in Jack London Square

Great news! How about the fish soup? Delicious.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 02/20/2017 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Nyum Bai: Cambodian Street Noodles Find a Home in an Emeryville Food Court

This was excellent. Thank you for your article.

Nice to find another broth, quite different from pha & many others, but absolutely delicious.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 02/04/2017 at 4:35 PM

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

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