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Courtney Patubo
Oakland

  • 7 years, 5 months ago

    Ramen house in downtown LA. Featured in Thrillist.

  • 7 years, 6 months ago

    New downtown supper club with live music and classic cocktails.

  • 7 years, 7 months ago

    Recommended by a co-worker for their fresh and delicious Vietnamese-inspired small plates.

  • 7 years, 7 months ago

    Reasonably priced, stylish hats; both classic and modern styles.

  • 7 years, 7 months ago

  • 7 years, 7 months ago

    Had a fantastic lunch here – Caesar salad special with bacon-wrapped shrimp, Chimney Sweeper Tea Latte (lapsang souchong and vanilla).

  • 7 years, 7 months ago

    Home of Rogue Beers and Spirits.

  • 7 years, 7 months ago

    Noted for breakfast.

  • 7 years, 7 months ago

    Noted for Brunch: Wednesday – Sunday 8a.m. - 2p.m.

    Also serving Dinner Wednesday – Friday 5:30 - 9pm.

  • 7 years, 7 months ago

    Noted for brunch.

  • 7 years, 7 months ago

    Gallery/shop/studio founded by our friend, artist Bwana Spoons.

  • 7 years, 8 months ago

    A traditional Japanese restaurant that clearly states on a sign on their window, “No sushi, no combination plates”.

  • 7 years, 8 months ago

    A gallery that shows the best new young illustrators/printmakers/cartoonists/painters/etc.

    Pony Club Gallery is run by artists David Youngblood, Theo Ellsworth, Jennifer Parks, Chris Cilla, and (our friend) Zack Soto.

  • 7 years, 8 months ago

    A hotel fashioned from an old elementary school. Lots of amenities on-site: bars, restaurants, brewery, movie theater, etc.

  • 7 years, 8 months ago

    Tried the beef curry noodle soup with flat rice noodles. The noodles were fantastic; the beef was very tender; curry was not very spicy, but quite flavorful! Generous portions, too.

  • 7 years, 8 months ago

    From Tablehopper: “The 5,000-square-foot space will bring together art (expect bi-monthly collections of modern and contemporary art), handcrafted artisan cocktails with house-made syrups and bitters, local small production wines, and a wide range of music (with occasional live performances). AKG partners is behind the project (Alfonso Dominguez, Kevin Best, and Gairy Jacques)—their other venues include Tamarindo Antojeria, B Restaurant and Bar, and Air Lounge.”

  • 7 years, 8 months ago

    Caribbean-Creole restaurant from Sarah Kirnon (of The Front Porch in SF). I'm of course drawn to the fried chicken.

    They are also making their own syrups and feature rum cocktails.

  • 7 years, 8 months ago

    A newcomer rumored to be one of the best burgers in Oakland. Chefs hail from Jardinière, Delfina, Absinthe and César.

  • 7 years, 9 months ago

    My search for authentic ramen in SF is over. My favorite so far!

  • 7 years, 9 months ago

    Top choices to try:
    Corned Beef Sandwich
    Swedish Meatballs

  • 7 years, 9 months ago

    Want to try their Chai Thai Noodle Soup (beef curry with egg noodles).

  • 7 years, 9 months ago

    A speakeasy-style bar, seemingly first of its kind in Seattle.

  • 7 years, 9 months ago

    Good selection of classic cocktails, wines and beers. A retro-den atmosphere.

  • 7 years, 9 months ago

    Amongst all the bars in downtown LA that are all appearance but no substance, lies this little speakeasy that prides itself on quality classic cocktails. Just like Milk & Honey in NYC, putting yourself at the whims of the bartender is the way to go.

    Small, quiet, dark and conducive to conversations, The Varnish is undoubtedly my favorite bar in LA... heck, maybe even in the state of California!

  • 8 years ago

    Sounds like my kinda comfort food... key words that caught my eye on the menu: sardines, polenta, sausage, mushrooms, cod, lardo. Their cocktail menu looks small, but intriguing.

  • 8 years ago

    New, antiquarian, and collectible books on food and drink. Also hosts events featuring authors, chefs, food and cooking.

  • 8 years ago

    Simple food done right. The little roasted peppers are a great small plate. What I really loved was the pasta which was obviously freshly made!

  • 8 years, 1 month ago

    Tried a sampling of their food at a food fest, and loved it. Would love to seek their location out one day. Just received word that they opened up a bar next door, too!

  • 8 years, 1 month ago

    Comforting Soul Food using local ingredients. Brunch was super tasty... the White Cheddar Grits & Poached Eggs were perfectly creamy. The Fried Chicken isn't bad, but their Waffles (made with cornmeal and served with Brown Sugar Butter and Apple Cider Syrup) are the best I've ever had! Want to come back for the Po' Boys and Gumbo for lunch.

  • 8 years, 1 month ago

    Chef hails from Range and Serpentine.

  • 8 years, 1 month ago

    “Pan-American” grill; markedly Latin/South american flavors with a Californian touch. Fresh, local ingredients.

    Executive Chef Rich Hackett hails from Chez Panisse, Bay Wolf, Oliveto, Postrio, and Acme Bread.

  • 8 years, 1 month ago

    A vision from VIZ Media, New People is a diverse center of cinema, retail and art. Also dubbed the “J-Pop” center by many, for its central Japanese pop culture theme.

    The street level serves Blue Bottle coffee and Japanese snacks. The basement houses the theatre showing Japanese movies and anime. The upper floors house retail shops and art galleries.

  • 8 years, 1 month ago

    Arguably the best Tiki Bar in the Bay Area. Fruity drinks that pack a punch (pun intended)! Rotating cocktail specials from their excellent bartenders and island-style munchies.

  • 8 years, 1 month ago

    Haven't tried the food yet, but the menu looks promising, with local ingredients. Looking forward to this being our all-purpose neighborhood joint: coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and wine bar (featuring local wines *on tap*).

    Chris Pastena of CODA is one of the folks behind this eco-friendly restaurant.

  • 8 years, 1 month ago

    Japanese comfort food (to me at least) - including Ramen, Udon, Donburi, Robata. Lots of variety... also one of the few places that I have found Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki in SF. Service has been consistently slow for me, but the food is good. Open fairly late (11pm weekdays, 1am weekends).

  • 8 years, 1 month ago

    Great gourmet sausage/hot dog joint from the Foreign Cinema folks. Local microbrews on tap!

    They also have specials for Twitter followers (http://twitter.com/ShowDogsSF) and Foursquare mayors (http://playfoursquare.com/venue/71839).

  • 8 years, 1 month ago

    Vintage pinball machines, set to free play for those who pay a small entrance fee. They also have occasional art gallery shows.

  • 8 years, 1 month ago

    A fairly nondescript sandwich shop, famous for their fresh roasted turkey (choose from white, dark, or mixed meat). Sandwiches are well-constructed; they don't fall apart and aren't messy (which, for a handheld lunch, is important to me). Also: tasty, tasty bacon.

  • 8 years, 2 months ago

    Amazing meal, where we had...

    Antipasti:
    * Crudo of local halibut with prosecco gelatina and Terra Firma Farms Yellow Brandywine tomatoes
    * Oliveto lonza and Full Belly Farm Ambrosia melon

    Entrees:
    * Lobster roe tagliatelle with polpettine of Coho salmon
    * Spit-roasted Willis Farm porchetta with Santa Rosa plum-horseradish salsa, Cipolline onions, and fresh-milled polenta

    Dining companions' entrees:
    * Paine Farm pigeon al mattone with sweet corn purée, roasted Pattypan squash, and aged aceto balsamico
    * Spit-roasted Hoffman Farm hen stuffed with Jimmy Nardello peppers and Fontina cheese

    Must come back for their special meals, including Tomato Dinner, Whole Hog Dinner, Truffle Dinner.
    Amazing meal, where we had...

    Antipasti:
    * Crudo of local halibut with prosecco gelatina and Terra Firma Farms Yellow Brandywine tomatoes
    * Oliveto lonza and Full Belly Farm Ambrosia melon

    Entrees:
    * Lobster roe tagliatelle with polpettine of Coho salmon
    * Spit-roasted Willis Farm porchetta with Santa Rosa plum-horseradish salsa, Cipolline onions, and fresh-milled polenta

    Dining companions' entrees:
    * Paine Farm pigeon al mattone with sweet corn purée, roasted Pattypan squash, and aged aceto balsamico
    * Spit-roasted Hoffman Farm hen stuffed with Jimmy Nardello peppers and Fontina cheese

    Must come back for their special meals, including Tomato Dinner, Whole Hog Dinner, Truffle Dinner.

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  • 8 years, 3 months ago

    Comfort food with a California/Locavore emphasis. A special cocktail every night!

  • 8 years, 3 months ago

    Chef James Syhabout was previously Chef de Cuisine at Manresa. He has also worked at other Michelin starred restaurants: The Fat Duck, El Bulli, Mugaritz and Alkimia.

  • 8 years, 3 months ago

    Comprehensive selection of tapas, also some larger plates like Paella. Chef is a native Catalonian.

  • 8 years, 3 months ago

    Spanish food: small plates, jamón, cava!

  • 8 years, 3 months ago

    from their site:
    “Anvil is devoted to serving alluring drinks in a tranquil environment. We firmly believe that great cocktails are forged with persistent attention to every detail. Our favorite spirits merge with the freshest ingredients available to create dynamic liquid combinations — all served over perfect ice with healthy dashes of bitters. Crafting libations in this fashion recognizes an elegant, classic simplicity that revitalizes an era when cocktails and the profession of bartending were respected and noteworthy aspects of our society.”

  • 8 years, 3 months ago

    Their legendary chicken sandwich causes lines down the block. Don't be fooled, though, the line moves swiftly because the staff is so efficient!

    Must come back for the amazing-looking strawberry shortcake.

  • 8 years, 3 months ago

    A bar and lounge in the historic Edison building, focusing on classic cocktails, with a 1910-1920's atmosphere (“old world Los Angeles”). Some nights they have bands or burlesque performances.

  • 8 years, 3 months ago

    I agree with @buzz that the standard vodka tasting isn't really an enticing offering. But at $10, it's a fair deal (and you get to keep your tasting glass). I would rather sample their whiskeys and mescals.

  • 8 years, 4 months ago

    I've only come here in the earlier hours for a client meeting, enjoyed coffee (Blue Bottle) and toast (served with Blue Chair Fruit Company jams). I need to come back for their famous wood-fired pizza.

  • 8 years, 4 months ago

    Oakland branch of the popular SF restaurant.

  • 8 years, 4 months ago

    Satisfying, affordable and quick. The rare steak is amongst some of the most tender I've had in a bowl of pho. The restaurant is an unmarked storefront in a nondescript strip mall, so it can be a bit hard to find if you don't know where to look.

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