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Comment Archives: Stories: Food & Drink: Restaurant Review

Re: “Yuzu Ramen & Broffee Goes Deep To the Bone

$17 for a bowl of noodles? Arsonists need to stop burning down those new condo developments so these ramen places can have customers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 07/11/2017 at 11:24 AM

Re: “An Ideal Lunch Break at Emeryville's Paradita

Sorry, but are you certain Paradita offers beef heart anticuchos? We were there 6/16 and the ONLY anticuchos offered on the menu signboard were chicken, shrimp, and pork belly. We were very disappointed!

Posted by Jean Komatsu 1 on 06/17/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Degrees Plato Serves Beer Without Borders in Oakland's Laurel Neighborhood

Looks like a must try it soon place to me!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 06/16/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Degrees Plato Serves Beer Without Borders in Oakland's Laurel Neighborhood

We are thrilled to have Degrees Plato in the neighborhood. The friendly helpful service service at tasty food and delicious beers on tap. Definitely a go to spot for us.

Posted by Naomi Heileman Kamiya on 06/14/2017 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Okkon Japanese Street Food Serves It How You Like It

Link for the restaurant/pop-up doesn't work.

Posted by dp on 05/25/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Neptune's Brings Farm-to-Table Credentials to Alameda

Sounds really good but when did breakfast pricing ascend to dinner prices? Not family friendly to average folks or to retirees for that matter. Love trying new restaurants but find ourselves staying home more and more.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 05/19/2017 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Oakland's Daol Tofu Offers Variety And Comfort By Way Of Korea

The seafood tofu stew was better at Casserole House, and is also superior at Bowl'd BBQ. We judged Daol's to be equal but not better than Gangnam Tofu. Daol's seafood pancake is too fluffy and bland; it actually is better held overnight for the flavors to blend.

Posted by Jean Komatsu 1 on 05/09/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “At Uptown's Xolo, a Menu Long on Good Intentions Falls Short on Execution

I think the hongos (mushroom) burrito is the best thing they have. Many a place I've eaten at in MX serve mushrooms. Not so much the taquerias in the US...Try it, you'll like it...

Posted by Bill Lyons on 05/05/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Ethiopian Café Anfilo in Oakland, Where The Food Is As Strong And Bold As The Coffee

the restaurants are more than they were a couple of decades ago when i tried the coffee in what seemed to be the only one on telegraph avenue. i have ethiopian ancestors. i am more sure of ancestors ethiopian than i am descendants as the older people in my family seem to connect easier in the african area than the younger generations in my family. my family is literally all over the san francisco bay area, especially oakland.

Posted by Estella Davis on 04/20/2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Ethiopian Café Anfilo in Oakland, Where The Food Is As Strong And Bold As The Coffee

Ethiopian restaurants are on the rise all over America. They are definitely a model for people of African descent everywhere.

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 04/20/2017 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Ethiopian Café Anfilo in Oakland, Where The Food Is As Strong And Bold As The Coffee

Ethiopian Food is good. Them Ethiopians got North Oakland on lock. They got lots of businesses on Telehraph. Traditional Soul Food ain't really popping like that no more. You got a few left in Oakland but there fazing out, even Chinese restaurants are fazing out. People, especially in the Bay Area are all about new things and exploring new plateaus. That's Ethiopian restaurants and other African restaurants thrive. The bay area is a great place, I grew up there but its too expensive. But anyway, Ethiopian restaurants are on the rise all over

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 04/20/2017 at 4:38 AM

Re: “Nyum Bai Wants to Expand Your Vocabulary of Asian Noodle Soups

I was all excited about this place, but the use of Maggi seasoning means that there is MSG in the food which strikes it off my list. I get migraines from MSG and it also typically means that the food is not good quality enough to stand on it's own without flavor enhancers. Oh well....

Posted by Dana Carr on 04/16/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “The Wolf in Oakland Modernizes a Cal-Cuisine Legend

Monsieur Chateaubriand,

Your comments on this review were thoughtfully and poignantly written and I think you captured quite well the essence of what is at hand here. With regards to Queen Bauer, I concur. I've grown weary of his incapacity to see the glass half full and the condescending way he dismisses restaurants that clearly have a lot going for them like The Wolf.

The Wood's and Chef Yang have the heart, soul, tenacity and commitment to make The Wolf every bit as legendary as Michael Wild's beloved establishment. Additionally with a chef as young and talented as Yang we have yet to see what this amazing Oakland woman will achieve in her tenure at The Wolf.

With your writing skills perhaps you could throw your hat in the ring as the next food critic for The Chronicle. This reader would be grateful for new perspectives.

Posted by Laura Martin Bovard on 04/09/2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Wolf in Oakland Modernizes a Cal-Cuisine Legend

Excellently argued review, and much better than Queen Bauer's never-ending condescension,even as both reviews argue essentially the same thing: The shadow of the rightfully legendary Bay Wolf perhaps impedes Peng from achieving the breakaway moment of which she is capable. Bay Wolf, over its forty year run, became a beloved staple, a wonderfully Latin-Euro (French, Italian, Spanish) and Cali take on comfort food.

What we all have forgotten, it seems, is that Bay Wolf made its bones by taking us all to new territory back in the day, and that its beloved "comfort" ethos developed only in the last decade of its multi-decade run.

The Wolf can pay true homage to Bay Wolf by doing what Wild and company did in the first place: take the recipes and improvise freely and lovingly, without the aim of playing solely to the past or becoming a Cali legend, both of which the Bay Wolf achieved almost as an afterthought.

To the ever-talented Ms. Peng: never mind the shadow. Do YOUR thang, and the ghost of Bay Wolf will smile approvingly.

Posted by Rene Chateaubriand on 04/08/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Nyum Bai Wants to Expand Your Vocabulary of Asian Noodle Soups

Sounds delicious. Too bad it's in Emeryville, the most ill-planned mall-town in California.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “The Wolf in Oakland Modernizes a Cal-Cuisine Legend

Tommy: I found the patio to be quite loud, so you'd be better off requesting a table inside, perhaps further back away from the doorway (where there are sometimes groups of people waiting for a table).

Posted by Luke Tsai on 03/27/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “The Wolf in Oakland Modernizes a Cal-Cuisine Legend

Thanks for another well-written review. Would it be possible to add a sentence describing the noise level? I frequently go to restaurants with my parents, who are a bit hard of hearing, and it can be difficult to find a spot where we can easily converse. Thanks.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 03/27/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “In Oakland, a Tale of Two Breakfast Sandwiches

Aleppo chili oil huh? It must not be fresh since Aleppo hasn't been exporting their chilis in quite some time. Food writing is such pretentious crap...

Posted by Emilio da Costa on 03/22/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I'm having trouble buying these two claims:

* That the Dimond's "older residents" (or any patrons, really) who went to McDonald's to get a "simple meal" and take a load off are now flocking to The Veg Hub for $10+ vegan meat analog sandwiches.

* That the typical McDonald's customer "might actually want to eat" the same.

I mean, sure, there may be some folks who would rather eat vegan fake meat than McD's and have been eating Quarter Pounders in despair, waiting desperately for such a place to open in the 'hood... (because for some reason they can't travel outside the Dimond to find the food they really want???). And I'm not defending McD's in any way here. Just saying I find these statements really, REALLY hard to believe. Got any sources, Luke Tsai?

Posted by Jenna Morley on 03/14/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Togi's Serves Real Mongolian Food

We just had their beef and noodle dish with a cabbage salad for dinner and it was great! The noodles are fresh and peppery and one order fed us both. We ordered take out, and brought it home. Sometimes it just beats cooking after a nice walk!

Posted by Lynn Lazarus on 03/11/2017 at 7:22 PM

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