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pablus
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Posted: 2006-06-13 1:39 pm   Permalink


I like Kamakura a lot.
I've been there a dozen or so times when I make my treks out to Fruitvale and beyond.

They make a marinated sushi that is sublime.

They have some great "non-label" sakes as well.
You have to ask for the real thing and even then you may not get it if they're in a mood.

Oh man.
I can't wait to get back out there.

Doesn't anyone need a really good cameraman with his own gear for a few weeks out there?
Uke player?
Drug mule?

I'll even try my hand at puppetry if there's a few nights at Forbbiden Island and a plane ticket in it.


 
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thejab
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Posted: 2006-06-13 2:04 pm   Permalink

Hope you can make it soon Pablus! We'll head over to Quinn's Lighthouse in Oakland for some sea chanteys! Aaargh! (the sound your friend made after having one too many at Trader Vic's)

Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant 1951 Embarcadero Oakland (just across the Park Street bridge from Alameda, left after 7-Eleven, immediate right on 23rd Ave., and left on Embarcadero), 510-536-2050

2-story nautical restaurant in a historic 1890s lighthouse overlooking harbor; dining downstairs; pub upstairs with outdoor and indoor seating; 8 beers on tap and 58 in bottles; free peanuts and you can toss the shells on the floor; great burgers with Niman Ranch beef or lean buffalo or ostrich meat; weekend prime rib special ($21.99); Thursday night sea chanteys with the "Sons of the Buccaneers" starting around 8:00!

http://www.quinnslighthouse.com/

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Posted: 2006-06-13 2:10 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-06-12 10:53, AquaZombie wrote:
As for Chinese food, totally disagree with the Jab once again - THE ARK on Park (can you remember that?) is an excellent place, sort of Chinese fusion but what the hell. Plus we recently went to the new CHING HUA restaurnt in the ALAMEDA MARKETPLACE on Park - really good food, especially the dumplings, and even surprisingly strong and decent Mai Tai to wash it down. There's a little takeout hole in the wall joint right near me on Webster near Lincoln I really like too, can't recall the name though.



Will: I guess you would have agreed with me if you had read my whole post. The hole-in-the-wall takeout place is the New China Hut (which I named in my post), and I like it too! I have not tried the Ark or Ching Hua yet but I will soon.

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AquaZombie
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Posted: 2006-06-13 3:23 pm   Permalink

I stand corrected. Let us know what you think of Ark and the other one.

Just got back from lunch at L&L with CongaMike and The Tiki Goddess. First thing - the malasadas. Good, but not crazy good like in Oahu, of course. The simple difference: I can eat one at L&L, a whole one, while standing up. One bite into one out of Leonard's and I just gotta sit down, it weakens my knees, man.

The best thing I've had at L&L is what they're famous for, the BBQ chicken. Mike agrees though he wasn't nuts about the musubi (basically a big sushi roll), though Monica loves 'em. Just a matter of taste.

Bottom line: there is a variety of food to suit all palates in Alameda. Thanks again Dean for the thread, great idea.



 
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princessP
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Posted: 2006-07-13 6:21 pm   Permalink

I think sushi house food is horrible. The best place for sushi in alameda use to be sushi sue's but she has passed on. A Decent replacement has taken it's place is Yume.

yume
1428 park st small place 8 person sushi bar and 2 - 4 person tables

as far as Chinese goes

East Ocean on 1713 webster st
hong kong city 1425 park st

Hinn Tha burma bistro 1345 park st


 
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Coco Loco
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Posted: 2006-07-13 7:40 pm   Permalink

My personal Chinese restaurant favorite in Alameda is Harbor View. It can be pricey if you go gonzo and order a table full, but it's GOOD. While I've done takeout, it's definitely a dine in place. You'll find it a short trek away on Bay Farm Island.

Next to it is Enricos Cafe which used to have kick ass awesome Italian food. Haven't been there since moving back, so can't vouch for it at present, but probably STILL good. Went to Linguines on Park Street a while back and their pasta sauces are really good.

For years, Chins Garden on Santa Clara was fab. Unfortunately, the new owners have taken it downhill very quickly and it now sucks. One of my friends swears by Van Seng Restaurant on Santa Clara, but haven't tried that yet. Went to East Ocean on Webster and met with the owner...and had a meal. I can vouch for the food.

Bacci Deli is mind blowing good! Best sandwiches around!

In concur with AquaZombie that Kamakura on Santa Clara has good food and tasty SAKE. Also agree with the THE GOLD COAST GRILL recommendation. The GCG been a consistently good dining venue for a number of years.

Final two recommendations: Tomatinas for exceptionally good thin crust pizza AND Speisekammer for top notch German food and beer. Great to sit on the patio during a sunny day!


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tronic
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Posted: 2006-08-29 8:10 pm   Permalink

Awesome topic here! I found this while searching around online for new places in Alameda.. here's some of my favorites!

Best places I've had on the Island while living here:

SUSHI:

SAKURA [On Santa Clara next to La Piñata]

BEST sushi I've ever had.. period. The chef knows what he's doing, really creative with is rolls and the fish he brings in is amongst the freshest I've ever had. Seriously, this place is starting to catch on and it gets more and more packed when I'm in there, MILES beyond Sushi House, Kamakura, Yellowtail, or pretty much any other sushi I've had, although Kamakura has it's days too. I'd recommend everything at Sakura, but if I had to pick I'd go with the Kamikaze roll as my favorite. Try it, you won't be let down!

MEXICAN:

LA PIÑATA [Santa Clara and Park Street]

Really good dishes, a killer cheesecake chimichunga, and awesome margaritas! Seriously, there's a reason La Piñata is always packed, and that's because they make really good food, and treat their customers very well. I'm a big fan of everything here, but I'd recommend the Pollo Ranchero or the Pescado, along with a margarita!

HAMBURGERS:

ALAMEDA GRILL [On Park Street next to Alameda Bicycle]

When they're open, I don't think you can get a better hamburger on the Island. They make it absolutely fresh, which means you often have to wait 8 minutes or so, but the end result is a damn good hamburger. I'm always a fan of the standard cheeseburger with some added jalapeños.. seriously grub! My only gripe about them is that they aren't open longer.. they close at 6 every night and aren't open on Sundays.. but everyone needs a day off I guess!

THAI:

TOOMIES [Santa Clara & Park Street]

Unbelieveable Thai food! Need I say more? Almost everyone who appreciates Thai and has been to Toomies knows how good it is, so I really don't need to say more. I love the flaming beef and the pineapple fried rice with chicken.

PIZZA

BOWZER'S PIZZA [Park and Alameda Street]

You know.. I had a helluva time finding a good pizza in Alameda, until I found this place! Really unique specialty pizzas, plus all the standard pizzas at fair prices. I went with the not-so-standard BBQ Chicken & Potato pizza for my first shot, and it was nothing short of amazing! Excellent unique tastes, and their crust and sauce is damn good!


 
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Sgirl
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Posted: 2007-09-05 2:15 pm   Permalink

I'm new here and am reading through some of the older posts. I plan to check out a few of these reco's (eg the Thai place). I can second the Burmese place.

I didn't see India Palace listed, it's quite close and has yummy cheap food for pre/post FI
737 Buena Vista Ave (it's off Lincoln back towards Webster)
http://www.indiapalacealameda.com





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Mai Tai
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Posted: 2007-09-05 6:15 pm   Permalink

Time to remove one, and add one to the list.

Sadly, Bacci Deli went out of business. That place was awesome, and I'll really miss it. Anyone that had ever been there knows that although it was new to Alameda, it felt like it had been there for ever. The guys that ran it were from Genova Deli, so they knew what they were doing. The thing that really sucks is, they were in the process of opening up a gelato shop next door! I don't know if the cost of remodelling the place next door got to them, or if it was their weird or non-existant hours that they kept. Sometimes that place really felt so Italian that they kept Italian business hours - like, hey, it's baseball season, so we were closed for most of last week, ect.

I don't know if they plan on re-opening anywhere or anytime soon, but their doors are shut and their phone number is already disconnected.

But here's a great place that I'd like to add to the list - Lois The Pie Queen! It's not in Alameda, but in Oakland - well, technically in Emeryville, on the Oakland/Emeryville Border. It's at 851 60th Street, Emeryville, (510) 658-5616, at 60th and Adeline, one block from 60th and Martin Luther King Jr Way. If you drove up Powell Street from Trader Vic's, Powell would turn into Stanford, and then when you cross Market St Lois the Pie Queen would be on your right. So it's a good breakfast/brunch place to go before hitting Trader Vic's!
Here's a map to find it.

Anyways, they only do breakfast and lunch. And it is one of the best southern/soul food breakfasts around the bay area, period! Reggie Jackson used to eat there daily when he played for the A's, and he used to help bus tables and serve coffee when they were busy. His favorite dish is now the Reggie Jackson special - two pork chops and two fried eggs for $7. Other specialties include Salmon Croquettes or Fried Chicken, or steak with your eggs, or Chicken and Waffles! Hash browns and grits come with most meals. They have brewed sweet iced tea! And their Lemon Ice Box pie is fantabulous! This place has been around for more than 40 years, yet I had never been there until recently, and none of my East Bay pals had ever been there either.

They close at 2pm on weekdays, and at 3pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. Lois The Pie Queen! Be there, or be no-where!!!
(Much thanks to Tiki Kaimuki and his girlfriend for pointing out this place to me).
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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2007-09-05 9:08 pm   Permalink

your makin' my mouth water again Bill,
Damn you all to hell.....

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Sgirl
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Posted: 2007-09-06 8:59 pm   Permalink

We tried Twoomies tonight. The Pad Thai was different (in a good way) - more savory, less sweet. The Peanut/yellow curry my husband tried was only so so.

 
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Tiki Kaimuki
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Posted: 2007-09-11 12:23 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-09-05 18:15, Mai Tai wrote:
Time to remove one, and add one to the list.

Sadly, Bacci Deli went out of business. That place was awesome, and I'll really miss it. Anyone that had ever been there knows that although it was new to Alameda, it felt like it had been there for ever. The guys that ran it were from Genova Deli, so they knew what they were doing. The thing that really sucks is, they were in the process of opening up a gelato shop next door! I don't know if the cost of remodelling the place next door got to them, or if it was their weird or non-existant hours that they kept. Sometimes that place really felt so Italian that they kept Italian business hours - like, hey, it's baseball season, so we were closed for most of last week, ect.

I don't know if they plan on re-opening anywhere or anytime soon, but their doors are shut and their phone number is already disconnected.

But here's a great place that I'd like to add to the list - Lois The Pie Queen! It's not in Alameda, but in Oakland - well, technically in Emeryville, on the Oakland/Emeryville Border. It's at 851 60th Street, Emeryville, (510) 658-5616, at 60th and Adeline, one block from 60th and Martin Luther King Jr Way. If you drove up Powell Street from Trader Vic's, Powell would turn into Stanford, and then when you cross Market St Lois the Pie Queen would be on your right. So it's a good breakfast/brunch place to go before hitting Trader Vic's! Here's a map to find it.

Anyways, they only do breakfast and lunch. And it is one of the best southern/soul food breakfasts around the bay area, period! Reggie Jackson used to eat there daily when he played for the A's, and he used to help bus tables and serve coffee when they were busy. His favorite dish is now the Reggie Jackson special - two pork chops and two fried eggs for $7. Other specialties include Salmon Croquettes or Fried Chicken, or steak with your eggs, or Chicken and Waffles! Hash browns and grits come with most meals. They have brewed sweet iced tea! And their Lemon Ice Box pie is fantabulous! This place has been around for more than 40 years, yet I had never been there until recently, and none of my East Bay pals had ever been there either.

They close at 2pm on weekdays, and at 3pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. Lois The Pie Queen! Be there, or be no-where!!!
(Much thanks to Tiki Kaimuki and his girlfriend for pointing out this place to me).



Yeah, Lois the Pie Queen is everything Mai Tai mentioned. We are glad that you feel as passionate about the pie queen as we do. Anyone with tastebuds would feel the same.

I would sort of like to recommend Yokohama on Webster to everyone for sushi/Japanese food. I say "sort of" because it's a small place and I don't really want you taking my booth. The food is consistently good and the atmosphere is cozy and friendly. Fresh fish and nice sake selection. It's not the cheapest, but it's the best in Alameda.
Right in that same area(and another location on Park) is Dimitra's Sandwiches. FRESH sandwiches at a fair price with nicely chewy bread and a fine alternative to subwayquiznotogo conglomerates.


 
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Posted: 2007-09-11 1:51 pm   Permalink

If you want an upscale meal try Pappo.
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chiwito
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Posted: 2008-12-17 12:46 pm   Permalink

With many Alameda restaurants having opened, closed, or relocated in the past year or three, it may be time for an update to this thread. I'll also throw in some of my takes on the good and better places to eat in town, though tastes may vary as to whether it is time for that.


I heartily second two of the Jab's top three. Speisekammer is excellent, and the patio is fun on a warm day. I'm always biased toward places with outdoor seating, especially if they have views of the water [Speisekammer doesn't have that, but you can't have everything]. I love to bring my dogs out with me, so patio seating where they can sit by the table is a Big plus. By the way, Skip Henderson and the Starboard Watch, the same group that performs on pirate night at Quinn's Lighthouse [another favorite of mine; thumbs up to Jab's praise of them] plays semi-regularly at Speisekammer; used to be about monthly, currently seems somewhat less frequently.

I'm not as much into sushi as I was when younger, dunno why, but I do like Sushi House at South Shore a lot, as do my fiancee and others who are more sushiphilic than I. Haven't been to Kamakura in a few years, but it was very good then and I assume it still is.

Not really a Thai guy, so haven't tried Toomie's and prolly could comment with much authority even if I had.

Alas, Orchard Burger is no more. Jerry Orchard has passed away, but the location is now the home of Bip's Broiler. Still very good burgers [I'd say better than at the Orchard, but I'm biased -- the proprietors are friends of mine]. A more varied menu than the Orchard with daily specials and a few dinerish items in addition to the basic burger joint fare. Best burger in town in my opinion, though the new Burgermeister [an outlet of the SF-based chain] isn't too bad, and my in-laws would strongly second Tronic's recommendation of Alameda Grill.

Jim's Coffee Shop [which we oldsters still call "Jimmy the Greek's"] is still the best breakfast place and diner in town. Of course the three main diners in town, Jim's, Tillie's, and Ole's all have such intensely loyal followings that there is an almost religious quality to any discussion of them. Jim's now has a second location at the Alameda golf course. Similar but less extensive menu, and a more institutional decor. Unlike the original, it has a bar [not a feature for me at the times of day that I hat a diner] but otherwise, it's a pale copy and for most of Alameda it's an unnecessary extra trek.

Pier 29, long my parents' favorite restaurant, has moved. It is now actually in Alameda, but at the far end of the island. In fact it's actually on another island altogether, an artificial one off the west end of Alameda. Still the same menu, huge selection of solid basic seafood, meat entrees not quite as good. Great servers. Excellent view, either of the yacht harbor on the shady side, or across the parking lot to the bay and the SF skyline on the other side. My family have been regulars at the Pier 29 and its sort-of predecessor, known as the Ark, since my dad and my mom's late husband tried to buy the Ark together in 1946.

The old Pier 29 location is now the home of Tiki Tom's on the Oakland Riviera. See the Tiki Tom's thread for Tikibars and my somewhat divergent takes on this place. Short form: he disliked the food, I like it a lot but the quality is uneven. The drinks could and should be stronger, and the rum selection should be much larger in a self-proclaimed tiki bar, but they are well made and the outstanding bartenders are often willing to adjust the recipe to your taste. The view, long a major asset of the old Pier, is still a lot of fun, and Tom has reopened a couple of the portholes in the floor to watch estuary flow beneath your feet. The entertainment is excellent, from the Hawaiian musicians and dancers on the weekend early evenings to the Alameda All Stars and other rockers from back in the day who sometimes close the place on Saturdays; of course watching patrons who have had a few extra drinks try to step over the portholes because they think they are open is its own form of comedy.

For very good Caribbean food in a moderately upscale setting, Havana, located at the corner of Park Street and Webb Ave. [next to the Sandwich Board and across from the Alameda burger joint and bicycle shop, from other posts in this thread], is a great addition to the Alameda dining scene. It is an even better addition to the bar scene, with a very nice selection of rums [no competition to FI in that respect, but who is?] and some knowledgeable bartenders who like to experiment with new takes on mojitos and daiquiris and the like.

La Pinata is my favorite of the Mexican places cited previously, although I love the Acapulco as well, and Juanita's is much better than Jab indicated. I like the food there; the seasoning is lighter [blander?] than the other two, which is not really my preference but many may find it desirable for that very reason. The late hours are important to me, especially when La Pinata is still crowded at 2:00 am. Oteaz is okay, but the three old time standbys still do it for me.

Speaking of late night, I'm a regular at Nikko's and the manager and servers are wonderful, but it's very ordinary diner food and I wouldn't go when Jim's or Tillie's is open.

See you all at Tiki Tom's or FI or the Conga [or Pinata or Nikko's if the hour is late.

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Haole'akamai
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Posted: 2008-12-30 10:57 pm   Permalink

Agreed, with many people trekking to Forbidden Island, it good to keep this thread up-to-date.

I will, though, humbly disagree with you on many places.

The best breakfast place is
The Hob Nob (at 1313 Park St), especially for weekend brunch, when they have all-you-can-drink Mimosas and a Bloody Mary Bar.

Sushi House has gone down hill in the last few years. Kamakura (at 2549 Santa Clara Ave) and Angelfish (at 883 C-2 Island Drive -in the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center over on Bay Farm Island) are better for Japanese. Also on the Asian front (and vegetarian, if you're into that) is Central Vegetarian (at 1613 Park St.)

Hinn Tha Bistro (at 1345 Park St) is great, but it's been a while since I've been in, so I don't know if it's still as booming as it used to be (hands down, best friggin' garlic noodles).

For a nicer, more upscale dining experience, I can wholeheartedly suggest three places:
BarCeluna (at 2319 Santa Clara Ave.)
Asena (at 2508 Santa Clara Ave)
and Pappo (at 2320 Central Ave.)
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