John Gordon 
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Re: “Berkeley's Perdition Smokehouse Closes Suddenly

OMG !-- It was by far the best fatty (wet) brisket I've ever had in CA. My wife and I went there often. Last March my wife and I took a mini-vacation to Austin, TX just for bbq: Franklin's, Le Barbecue and Micklethwaite (and IronWorks -- beef rib only).

Perdition's smoked chicken was excellent for the first 7-9 months it was open. The pulled pork (with plenty of bark) was also a favorite. The sausage was excellent. The coleslaw was the best we'd ever had until a new "chef" screwed it up recently.

Besides the brisket, though, the best thing they had was the absolutely incredible late night sandwiches made like grilled cheese but with brisket or pork. They were too good, actually, and we always ended up ordering a second one for each of us. But again, they incredibly dropped these sandwiches from their menu. It seemed totally insane to drop those, like Dave Chappelle quitting comedy or Apple halting Mac sales to focus on watches.

After returning from Austin and going to Perdition again, I ranked Perdition's wet brisket second to Franklin's, though my wife rated Perdition 3rd behind Franklin's and Le Barbecue. Rarefied company!

Last week my wife and I drove to San Francisco to try 4505 Meats (or something like that) after talking with other Franklin's and Perdition's aficionados who recommended it for people living in SF. They were out of brisket by the time we arrived but we tried all the other meats: ribs, chicken, pork, sausage and cicerones . It was very disappointing and not worth a return visit. It looked really good, but like so much in SF nowadays, there wasn't much substance underneath the style. We were so glad we have (had) Perdition!

B-Side started good but slowly tanked as it skimped more and more while jacking up the prices. I've been a bbq fanatic for a long time and have tried maybe every joint in the east bay and many in the west bay. Texas rules by a very wide margin, but we had Perdition!

Crap.

Posted by John Gordon on 10/16/2015 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Oakland Considers Removing Car Lanes, Adding Bikeways on Grand Avenue

The bike boom in the Bay Area wouldn't have been so spectacular without our epic drought that's pampered riders with dry rides.

If we ever have regular wet winters again, cycling enthusiasm might decrease or at least grow slower. Nothing dampens riders' enthusiasm like riding in hard rain.

Posted by John Gordon on 10/14/2015 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Cops Are Not 'Warriors'

I think the article's correct. "Warriors" and other aspects of modern police does create a sense of a war zone, etc., as the article describes. Nice insight. I never thought of that.

East Bay Express, can you find out how expensive this funeral was for tax payers?

The article missed that: the outrageous expense of the funeral using our tax payer money. Ok, ok! Have an awesome funeral, but Oracle Arena? Did the arena donate that time? What about all the employees working the arena? Who paid them? Our tax payer money!? What about all those taxpayer-funded police cars driving to the funeral sucking up taxpayer-funded fuel? Overtime for officers doing traffic control? Lost productivity for stopping freeways? Etc. etc.

HAVE A BIG FUNERAL BUT NOT AN IDIOTICALLY EXPENSIVE ONE, which police were able to pull off because (1) it wasn't their money (it was ours) and (2) politicians are too afraid to offend the police union.

That's the thing about all this police and armed forces over-the-top spending of our taxpayer money. Another example is the CA prison guards union pushing 3-strikes laws (the biggest donors I think) so they could make more overtime and pull in $100k-$200k a year with their high school diplomas (though hiring requirements have increased in recent years). As gov Brown said when he was mayor in Oakland: the first time he was gov, CA had 30k inmates in CA prisons; now it HAS 30k prison GUARDS!! That's insanely expensive besides the other ramifications.

And aside from obvious the evil of police brutality, related settlements alone should get bad cops permanently fired, not fake-fired where the arbitrator reinstates them repeatedly. Oakland paid $74 million in settlements from 1990 to 2014; Chicago paid $521 million in just 10 years -- 2004-2014. Bad cops are evil and expensive (E&E).

Aside from a hedge fund, what type of company would retain a front line employee who cost his or her organization several million dollars for bad behavior, not even a "mistake"? I can't think of any except police departments, hedge funds, brokerage firms and banks (oh, and the Oakland Raiders).

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Posted by John Gordon on 08/05/2015 at 2:18 AM

Re: “Burger Renewal

I live in the neighborhood and have eaten there about 8 or 9 times since it reopened. It used to be a crap joint, a low-point in impoverished fast food. Now it's just a Kwik Way in name and building. Its food reminds me of Crepevine's. The rotisserie chickens (half and whole) are extremely consistent with wonderfully crunchy skin and are now my favorite over Rustico's and Whole Foods's. The Cobb and Cesar salads use fresh vegetables and crush all fast food nationally that I've sampled. It's really an east bay restaurant-grade joint, an extremely high standard for those used the numerous great eateries here. The coffee milk shake was good and you can see them make all the milk shakes with real milk, unlike McDonalds, et al. The soda selection includes non-mainstream root beer and other brands. Anyone who prefers the old Kwik Way would probably be better off sticking to Taco Bell and Burger King. I've had to limit myself to eating at the new Kwik Way to 3 days a week, but I could easily eat there every day.

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Posted by eastbayfood on 06/23/2011 at 2:36 PM

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