EB Pride 
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Re: “Watch Oakland Chefs Tanya Holland and Tu David Phu Compete on Top Chef

Unfortunately, Tanya Holland has a terrible reputation as a tyrannical business owner, which was reported directly to me by a former assistant chef that worked in Brown Sugar Kitchen. While dining there I saw her interactions with staff, which were appalling, and she really seemed like she didn't want to be working in a kitchen at all. Given her rude behavior, I will never support her businesses in any way, and recommend EVERYONE do the same. I don't care how damn good your food is. When you lack basic respect for other human beings - whether they are your employees, or your paying customers (seen her disrepect them too) - then I'm sorry, but you do not deserve the accolades you receive. Good luck in your new space (the old Pican). I hope it goes the way of your BBQ restaurant (closed after a poor reception).

Posted by EB Pride on 12/07/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Mama's Royal Cafe Reopens Under New Ownership

They best have made some SERIOUS improvements. I hated the grunge vibe the staff had there, many of whom didn't appear to have bathed, and my observation of dirty fingernails of wait staff on multiple occasions was such a turn-off, I stopped going there YEARS ago. For the hipsters of Oakland, I'm sure they just LOVE a spot like this. Like I said - there better be some serious improvements in CLEANLINESS!

Posted by EB Pride on 11/28/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

Cheeseboard offers alternatives to the traditional pizza spots. There used to be a ROUND TABLE down the street (might still be there) but that is low-grade pizza for the masses. Dimond Slice will be a huge hit, as people love the artisan pizza, and for many of us with sensitivity to the acid in tomatoes - it's great to have a sauce-less alternative. All hail the Cheeseboard Clones!

Posted by EB Pride on 11/28/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Alameda's Boichik Bagels is a Game-Changer

Sorry, but this isn't a "game changer" if the business owner doesn't actually have a business location. Delivery only? Might work for some, but not for MOST. I'm from Jersey, so trust me - we NEED better bagels here. But for now, places like Beauty's offers a pretty good product. None the less I welcome the increased competition, so long as there is an actual STORE. My life is way too complicated to try and order bagels for delivery. Sorry - but the current business model works best (going to a shop to purchase bagels, breads, pastries, etc.).

Posted by EB Pride on 10/10/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Guacamole 61 Brings the Meat to Epicurious Garden in Berkeley

What is interesting here is that this will be the FIFTH restaurant to open in this space in a relatively short span of time, and the SECOND MEXICAN SPOT. What does this tell you? That this food court has better offerings that are driving all the traffic there. Kirala, Soop, a gelato place, and a Chinese restaurant/tea spot. Nothing so far can last against that competition, and I can tell you that YET ANOTHER Mexican spot, no matter how good, doesn't stand a chance. There are plenty of Mexican restaurants in town, and apparently, there is little need for one in the Gourmet Ghetto. I give this place 6-12 months, TOPS.

Posted by EB Pride on 08/27/2016 at 6:06 PM

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