I feel the need to hype up Ike's as much as I possibly can because this place has the best sandwiches I've ever come across (though a lot of people have been telling me otherwise as I've yet to try the Earl in Vegas). Regardless, I stand by Ike's down to earth place with the most heavenly sandwiches ever.
What I have the most trouble with when I come here is deciding on what sandwich to get...because they all sound amazing and I cannot for the life of me try every single sandwich. And there's always that question of whether I want to try something new or stick with my staple safe go-to order.
My personal favorites:
We're JUST Friends
[Name of the Girl I'm Dating]
And most def the Menage a Trois and Matt Cain.
The place got rid of paper menus and only have a limited listing of their sandwiches on their display board. For the full menu and secret menu, hit up their website and the internet!
Always on Dutch Crutch with the Dirty Chips and an old-fashioned bottle of soda.
Beat the line by placing your order through phone or online.
Oh, and Ike's by far has the BEST Twitter. He's always offering giveaways for free sandwiches and goodies, follow him and most definitely stop by Ike's frequently!
Before I begin, there are APPS for Ike's Place and Ike's Lair on the iphone. The menu is on there and you can place your order through the app. SAY WHAT?! That's freakin' awesome.
Ike's, you da bomb.
You have no idea how excited I was when I found that Ike's was coming to Oakland. Like say whattt?!?! I literally live close enough to walk or bike to this place. If I wasn't away for school, I'd be paying this place a visit very, very often.
As usual, it's the dirty sauce and dutch crunch that makes these sandwiches so tasty. I had my usual We're Just Friends sandwich with the addition of cucumbers. Love the halal chicken, avocado, cucumbers, and dirty sauce all with the dutch crunch. So goood!
Wait time is not long at all. My party came here around 5pm when it was raining and we scored a rainy day coupon deal for Buy 2 Get 1 Free. Sweet deal.
Just like the SF location, their full menu isn't posted on the board, but they have paper copies and their whole menu is online.
Downside is no free dirty chips with your order, but you still get those caramel apple lollipops! I love those, they're a nice touch for after your meal.
Oh, and I think the cartoon of Ike's on their front door and inside the store is just awesome. I LOVE IKE AND IKE'S PLACE & LAIR! Fan forever.
Good ol' comfort food.
Vien Huong is something I consistently CRAVE for when I'm away from home. Their Teo Chow Ho Fun is seriously so delicious. With their chili sauce and hoisin sauce, amazingness has reached your mouth. The non-soup fried version is also really good if you're not in the mood for noodles in soup.
Always busy, but never super crowded. People are in and out in a hurry and there's never too long of a wait. The restaurant's like any other Asian restaurant, doesn't look extremely clean and nice, but they carry some of the best food. Service is quick and you don't really need them for anything other than taking and bringing your order.
Love this place and it doesn't burn a hole in my wallet! Wish I could get some right now!
Alright Scolari's, you win. I've become absolutely in love with you and will swear by you all the time.
Here's the lowdown:
You will probably walk right by and not even think twice about this place. Hidden gem. You look at it from the outside and may not be impressed, but don't skip out, get your butt inside.
Cash only so make sure you have cash unless you are trying to haul your ass to a bank (which actually isn't too far), but I'm sure you'd wanna avoid that walk and avoid having to use the in-store ATM.
You can dine-in (limited seating), take it to-go, or have it served next door at the bar, Lucky 13. I've dined in and had great experiences with the staff, all so friendly and sweet! Next time, I think I'll head over to Lucky 13 and have myself a beer with Scolari's delicious food.
TRY THE DAILY SPECIALS. To be honest, it probably doesn't even matter what you order here because it will be awesome. But I've never been more impressed with a daily specials menu. Come here early if you want to have more options, they WILL run out of daily special items.
With that said, get a burger here. Get fries here. Get a beer next door (if you're legal) or head to Speisekammer for some Floris Apple Ale (yes, I am still obsessed). Try everything, split with a friend or two, because everything is delicious and so worth your money.
YES, CHICKEN OR STEAK BURRITO WITH NO BEANS PLUS PICKLED VEGGIES AND SAUCE. YUM. And for just $5.50? YES.
Short wait so my burrito cravings are always fixed in no time.
Just some shady folks always around the area so I'm scared to go by myself. But I love this place nonetheless!
I think I get a food coma every single time after I eat here. I approve.
Being away from home has definitely made me craving bay area food left and right. Ici is the one place I'll consistently crave, I'm a huge fan. Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream is by far my all-time favorite here. As I think about it, I think this is the ONLY place I've found Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream. This is also the place where I've first tried Candied Bacon Ice Cream and it was pretty good; the candied bacon bits and brown sugar swirls make quite the combination.
There's always a long line, but it's not a long wait once you get to the counter. Flavors changes every time, which is a given since they are a local business. I've only saw Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream once and the other times I've been here, I've had the Candied Bacon, Rose, and other flavors. All the staff are really kind and patient, they put up with the hoards of people well.
Wanting some Ici ice cream right now, 'tis a shame I'm across the world.
Burma Superstar is one of those hidden restaurants nobody really knows about because it's on the crowded Park Street in Alameda and its restaurant sign can probably be read by only a handful of people who actually are paying attention to each and every storefront.
With that said, don't pass up on this place if you get a chance to check it out. I've never had Burmese food until after coming here and I'm rather impressed! It's not what you expect when you think of Asian cuisine (I was expecting it to be similar to Thai food).
I enjoy the salads here (Rainbow Salad especially) and any of the chicken and curried dishes. Their Garlic Noodles are good here too. But whatever you order, make sure to order a side of COCONUT RICE. I'm not a fan of coconut at all, but their coconut rice is so fragrant and tastes so heavenly with any dish. Definitely recommend to order a salad (to split) and a main dish that will go well with rice.
I recently came here over spring break for dinner and the service was impeccable and food was great as always. Really do love this place. Ordered a few drinks and were satisfied with them, the Burma Cooler (Breezer? Forgot what it's called) is really, really good. I'd recommend that over any of the other drinks.
Come with a small group, 4 I say would be the max since it's a small restaurant. Dimly lit and nothing has changed over the past couple of years. Still the same great food and ambiance.
I was always more of a fan of sorbet than ice cream so coming here was definitely a treat for me. There were only 12 flavors, but every single one I tried was so good and unique in their own way.
I was hesitant to try the Thai Coconut Basil, but it was really good. REALLY GOOD. I also really like the Strawberry Lemon and White Guava. The worker there was really nice and gave my friend and me many samples without us even asking to try any. Walked out with a petite-sized Ollalieberry. I think that's what it was. Whatever it was, it was BOMB.
The texture of the sorbet is definitely the highlight of this place. Very smooth and rich for sorbet! You won't find ice bits like you do in other sorbets and it's no surprise that they use local ingredients, every flavor is so fresh and packed with goodness.
A bit hefty on the wallet for such a small portion, but it's worth it and you really only need a little to be satisfied. Indulge!
Plus, the place is really nice! Small and cozy, and their old-fashioned register is so cool!
You've never had chicken and waffles until you've had it here.
Their waffle is delicious! So light and crisp and with the cider syrup, it was really something else! Chicken was done well, crispy and had a little kick to them, but still lacked something. Together with the waffle and syrup, the combination was yum.
Place is pretty small so definitely not recommended for large groups. Had a party of two and was seated at the bar. It was really nice and cozy. Service was good, the waitresses there were attentive and nice.
Thumbs up to the chicken and waffles here. Comfort food at its best!
Lois the Pie Queen, you are quite something.
Definitely a hidden gem on the corner in North Oakland. Wouldn't even stop to think there was a restaurant like this in the area.
Absolutely divine service and hospitality, they really know how to treat their customers well! Our waitress was a doll. She was prompt, took our orders and threw in her recommendations (emphasized her grandma's homemade biscuits), and checked up on us during our meal frequently to the point where everything was perfect.
Food-wise, not bad. I was impressed with my turkey and apple sausage with hashed browns and scrambled eggs. And of course, the biscuits. Not a fan of how my scrambled eggs were cooked, maybe it was the eggs? They seemed runny and not as fluffy as I like my eggs, but that's okay. Highlight of the meal was definitely the biscuits! SO BOMB. Get the biscuits. I could come here, just order biscuits, and be very happy. Simply delectable with the jam. We ended the meal with a slice of the lemon ice box pie and it was not even comparable to any pie I've ever had. The graham cracker crust is made perfectly and the cold lemon custard/curd/I don't even know what it is goes perfectly with the crust and whipped cream. Really good pie, I kid you not.
Lots of waiters walking around making sure your water and coffee are filled. Really attentive service.
Only downside was that our waitress was too busy to pick up our bill and we wanted change so another waiter picked it up and misinterpreted in that we didn't want change (either that or he forgot). So we sat around waiting for our change, only to have to ask for it, which I really didn't want to do because I feel like that's such a rude thing to do, but we were going to give them like 25% tip if they didn't give us change :/ Ended up leaving them a nice hefty tip anyways but spared us a dollar, which later came in handy.
Anyways, left feeling full and satisfied. Definitely recommended. Will be back for their chicken and waffle or fried pork chop.
The prices here get me every time. It's cheap for a variety of items so whatever Vietnamese or Chinese food I'm craving, I can dish out less than $5 and be satisfied.
BBQ chicken (or any) banh mi, yes.
Fried rice with bbq chicken, yes.
Pad thai, yes.
Pre-packaged banh cuon, yes.
I'm glad this place is not too far from where I live; if I'm up for it, I'd even walk here just to get some inexpensive but good food. I've done it before and will do it again. Any day.
4.5 and definitely my new go-to place!
Had a hard time finding this place as it's hidden on the corner in a shady looking area, but fear not, nothing to be afraid of.
Very small place with a pretty good amount of seating. Walked in on a Tuesday evening and managed to get a table without any waits. Seat yourself and the waitress will come to you. They also reserve tables apparently as there was a large table to the left of me reserved for the night.
Be prepared for the wait. It looks like there's only one waitress and she takes quite a while going around and tending all the tables. She's a nice woman though and is attentive, just slow.
Got the Angel Wings that were out of this world! Love the flavor of it and it was the perfect starter to my meal. Shared with a friend and we gobbled these babies up like they were nothing. Definitely recommended, perfect for a light snack!
Then there's the Kao Soy, which I'm a big fan of no matter where I go. Vientian delivers with their Kao Soy, though I had to adjust the flavor and spice level to my taste buds, I love it with a lot of tamarind and a kick up with the spiciness. Good stuff, Kao Soy is that feel good noodle soup that you can always turn to. My friend got the Pad Thai and he thoroughly enjoyed it. It took him longer than me to finish his Pad Thai than me for my Kao Soy, which is rare as it's always the reserve and he finishes his food much faster than me. Either I really liked my Kao Soy or he had a ton of Pad Thai, or both.
Get a Thai Tea with your meal! Super affordable and with just an extra dollar, you get a huge size and in an easy to-go cup for if you don't finish it.
Fair prices. Great place to go if you don't mind service a little on the slower side.
Sitting here hundreds of miles away as I crave pizza from Arizmendi.
I remember when Arizmendi first came to Lakeshore, everybody was ON it. and I never understood the craze until I tried it myself.
Their ovens are always baking goods throughout the day and I mostly stop by for the pizza of the day. Never the same toppings and if I was rich, I'd probably stop by just to try the pizzas everyday. Something about the thin crust, gooey cheese, and fresh ingredients that gets me. It's also low on the grease level so those of you who blot your pizzas with a paper towel prior to eating them will have no fear. They're vegetarian pizzas so meat lovers may not get their protein fix, but get a "light-bake" pizza to heat up at home and add meat of your choice if you just can't have your pizza meatless.
They also have daily specials on their baked goods and they remain the same week-by-week. I specifically enjoy the Asiago Bread (Wednesdays!).
Sometimes it's really crowded and other times, not so much, so it really depends.
Just thinking about Arizmendi is making me drool (and the pictures below as I write this review aren't helping either).
They're also sister bakeries with the Cheese Board in Berkeley, another great place for pizza.
Be warned they close early, around 7pm or earlier depending on the day.
Chicago-style pizza. Deep dish and oh so delectable.
I love Zachary's for its comfy, homey feel. Lots of decor on the walls that will keep your eyes busy as you wait for your pizza. Downside about this place is the size of the restaurant and long wait time. I normally don't come here with more than four people as large parties will take forever to be seated (even small parties will face an ample amount of wait time). There's no designated waiting area so you'll wind up standing in people's way by the door, I normally wait outside or right by the cashier.
You can place your order before you're seated, which is convenient, but it still takes a bit of time for your pizza to be served. You can order a pizza straight off of their menu or customize one to your liking. I've done both options and enjoyed my meal all the time here. Just make sure to get a stuffed pizza and you're good to go.
Service is pretty on point, I've never had a problem and I understand the wait time so can't complain there. I only wish it was less crowded so I could frequent here more often!
Can't compare Zachary's to the real deal as I've never been to Chicago and had pizza there, but for a small joint in Berkeley, this place gets passing remarks from me. Can't wait for the next time I'll be back!
Chantal Guillon, you fancy.
At $1.75 a macaron, I was really sad that I let my crying wallet prevail over my mind of wanting to purchase and sample as many macarons as my heart desired.
I walked away from this petite bakery with Bellini Champagne Peche, Italian Pistachio, Almond Amaretto, Jasmine Green Tea, Lavender Poppy with Cassis, and Persian Rose.
I was a little sad I didn't try the Red Velvet or Peppermint Mocha (especially after reading reviews of the Red Velvet), but I was happy with my choice of six.
But the Bellini Champagne Peche was delightful. At $3.50 a macaron, I was surprised that I could say that I'd buy it again! I can taste the peach champagne in the ganache and I was really impressed by how well they pulled off the flavor. Fancy little macaron, but can charm those with a sophisticated palette.
I'm also sad there was no Earl Grey macaron, but the Jasmine Green Tea was light and fragrant.
This place also has a nice selection of teas and two small tables to sit at.
Can finally check this place off my list of bookmarks, holla!
Sushi House hasn't ever disappointed me. Prices have gone up so it's a bit on the pricey side, but their sushi rolls are consistently good. I especially love the Bay Scallop and Rainbow Roll--my go-to rolls! I don't recommend getting any of the bentos or entrees since they're overpriced and not even that great. I rather split a few rolls among my party or just order two of them for myself.
It gets pretty packed here, especially during peak hours. And if you have a large party, guaranteed they're going to stick you outside, kind of good because you can make all the noise you want, but service is slower.
Solid place to go in the bay area, haven't really found another sushi place I like going to as much as this place.
I'll give Champa a boost since I love the food here and the only downer is the slow service due to the lack of attentive waiters and waitresses--most of which are students.
Get the Ka Piet if you're in the mood for some noodle soup. Can't go wrong with the Pad Seew, Pad Kea Mao, and Pad Thai--all of which are bargains for the portions you get. My friend is a big fan of their Mango Fried Rice, which I like and think is refreshing compared to the typical Pineapple Fried Rice. But I come to Champa mostly for the Papaya Salad, get it Laos style. SO GOOD.
Hate the service though. And how slow they are. Points off for that.
Dropped in here for dessert after having sushi one day. They told us it'd be a long wait for a party of six, but I didn't mind the wait actually--though it was longer than anticipated.
We were seated in the corner booth and our waiter was really attentive and always checked up on us. He miscounted and didn't give us enough waters though, and he never came back with the one more water than we asked for. Oh well, most of us didn't even touch out waters. He also misinterpreted my order, but it's okay, I liked what I got instead.
Pretty quick service. I remember last time it was less crowded and I received my ice cream after a much longer wait.
Maybe after a few more visits, this place will finally warrant five stars. It's getting close to there.
YUM. Bakesale Betty has an amazing chicken sandwich. Just go there and get it and you will see why everybody raves about it! Hefty load of chicken, crisp and delightful. Lots of cole slaw that I happily ate up with my fork when it poured out of my sandwich.
I was first taken aback by one of the workers there because she was trying to control the line, but I felt a bit of rudeness in forbidding customers to explore the shop and instead have them line up. Lines get long, but they're quick. moves by really fast!
And the outside seating on iron boards and stools is pretty cool.
Make sure to get here early as they run out of their goods fast!
Still love this place as I was a big fan of them at their previous location.
Pho is spot on as always though my first time here, they seriously lacked in giving me a good amount of meat. The second time I came here, I had such a surplus of meat that I couldn't even finish my meal. Quite polar opposites. (I always order #4 or #6).
The food is solid, just like their old location. But what lacks here is the service. There's double the amount of people and not enough waiters to get around even though a pho place doesn't require much attention from the staff.
But what gets me about this place is how CROWDED it is. I'm so used to going to quiet and almost dead places to get pho yet this place is so bustling that it's a little too much for me. Plus, there is absolutely no parking in that little lot they have. We always end up having to go around the block to find side street parking, which is annoying.
Oh, and Pho Ao Sen, is it really necessary to stick your name on everything you own, even the chairs?
Probably the best dimsum place I've been to. They have some dishes I don't see elsewhere and everything is so flavorful here. They use whole shrimps and lots of it, which is really rare. Their chicken feet are also insanely large and the sauce is yum. Bill wasn't too steep and fit the meal we had just right. Plus the decor is pretty nice for a Chinese restaurant, very upscale and fancy looking.
On Luck stopped serving some of their menu items, no Steak Chow Fun?!
Big ups for being right by my house! And open late at night though I'd still be a bit scared to go out to get my burrito fix here, but that's besides the fact.
Solid go-to place for burritos. Inexpensive for a burrito that's loaded with so much goodness and is going to STUFF you. Don't forget to ask for chips if you get a burrito and yeah, main point: make sure you a get a burrito!
I always crave a burrito whenever I come home from school. This place and another on international are the only ones I go to!
4 stars for just the bento sets alone. Prices are reasonable and pretty inexpensive for an one item bento (chicken katsu and chicken teriyaki anybody?). I never find myself paying more than $10 here by myself unless I'm with a large crowd and it's barely a buck or two over ten for tax and tip.
I can't say much about the sushi rolls, but the last time I had them, they weren't too bad. Definitely not the best stuff out there, but pretty good compared to other Japanese restaurants in the Alameda area. This and Sushi House are must visits whenever I'm in the area and want some Japanese food!
Yum, I'm never disappointed when I come here for dimsum. My family and I always choose this place if we're in the mood for dimsum. The wait isn't too long though we try to get here before noon because it can get packed.
Just went yesterday with a group of friends and was pleasantly surprised at how empty it was. The wait for food was much longer than I remember, but they don't come by in the carts asking you what you want anymore, so waiting for each dish to be brought out was somewhat annoying. Some of the plates were a bit on the saltier side, but I enjoyed them all nonetheless. Definitely will be back soon!
A friend took me here for my first time and if I didn't know better, I would've walked right by this small gem of a restaurant since it's bordering the outer part of Chinatown.
It's a small, but inviting place for lunch and the meal was enjoyable. I enjoyed the fried stuff chicken wings while I thought some other stirred fried seafood dish I tried was less than spectacular--though it did remind me of my mom's Chinese cooking. I was hesitant on trying the fried banana in fear it would be too greasy, but it was nicely crisp and not heavy on the fat.
Wouldn't mind coming here again, prices aren't too bad and I don't know any good Cambodian restaurants in Oakland.
Stopped by for lunch since my friend and I were too late to catch Bakesale Betty. Glad we made the trek over here instead.
Very nice Italian deli with so many choices of meats, cheeses, salads, chips, and drinks--and a lot of their local, traditional Italian goods.
I got the Italian combo with provolone and paired it with a black cherry soda. Yum. Sandwich was really filling, I couldn't finish it! Definitely can get by with lunch and save the other half of goodness for later.
Nice place, I'll be back!
Your classic hole in the wall with the best vegan sandwiches there could be. Cheap and quick, no fuss, no mess. The interior design is a nice touch, but I'd just get my sandwich to go and enjoy the more than lively streets that surround this little gem. They have plenty of chips and drinks to accompany your massive sandwich as well. And vegan cookies on the counter. This place is vegan heaven and I think I'll think twice about the next time I eat meat, good stuff.
Shooting Star was super overhyped in the beginning when this place first started. For me, it's mostly only good for late night dessert cravings if you want some Asian drinks and desserts. Their crepes and waffles are pretty good, but their crepes recently are more hard and crispy than the typical soft-shell crepe they used to serve here...didn't really like the change, but it's been a while since my last visit so I guess I can't be too surprised about the change. Their waffles are solid though. I like that they have red bean and green tea ice cream available! I crave for the two often so yay Shooting Star for that.
|Brunch, bottomless mimosas, and everything else I don't remember.||It's trial & error when it comes to dineLA menus.|
|No matter what.||On a hunt for the BEST burger.|
|Doing Sin City right.||Why did I come here? And can I have my money back, better service, and/or better food? kthxbai.|
|Self-explanatory. SANDWICHES.||ramen ga sukidesu.|
|The many kbbq places I've hit up and how they all faired.|
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