I've been living in the east bay for over a year now and can't believe that i never went to berkeley bowl until just now! the produce section is as huge and vast as everyone had been telling me. it's a foodie's paradise and at mostly very reasonable prices, to boot. the store is clean and parking was a breeze, although i did go towards the end of the day so i can't judge too accurately on the parking situation, since i've heard it can be nightmarish when it's busy. if you want produce, this is the place to go. their wine selection looked pretty decent, as well. i definitely will be shopping here more often as it is on my way home from work and is not too far off the 580/80 freeway so it's fairly easy access.
We've lived in the area for over a year now but only now just visited this little hidden away bar. The drinks are well made...we were a group of 4 so we got a variety of drinks and everyone agreed the drinks were really good. I personally did not see the bartenders mixing the drinks but the hubs who made the order noticed that the bartenders took extra care to chill his old fashioned separately before they poured it in the actual serving glass...which in our experience is a big sign that these guys know the art of cocktail making and do it right. Another detail is that the ice they use is not the standard ice that you get in any beverage...they used large square cubes. (yeah sounds a bit snobby to point out what seems like such a small detail...but the size/shape of the cubes DOES matter!)
The star of the night was the "celebration punch". I believe on the menu it comes in different sizes but we decided to get the actual bowl, which was enough for about 6 people...so if you have less than 6 in your group but still want to partake in this yummy concoction...plan your drinking accordingly! We didn't order this until after all of us had consumed 2 rounds of drinks and it ended up almost being just too much for the 4 of us to tackle before the end of the night. But I'm sure we'll be back to order it one way or another again because it is actually really good.
The overall atmosphere of this bar is casual and roomy. Definitely comfortable for groups and I would imagine it's a hot spot for happy hour. There's shuffleboard inside and a great little patio with heatlamps outside. We spent the whole evening on the patio and had a relaxing time. Inside can get a bit loud just due to the acoustics.
The only thing we wished this place had was a bit more offerings on the menu to snack on. They only had soft pretzels available to order...but, hey, it's a bar...you come for the drinks so if you're hungry eat ahead of time.
We'll be adding this to our list of neighborhood drink spots for sure!
Me and the husband were stoked to see a new bar open up within walking distance to our place. We always saw the red old abandoned sushi restaurant and would say to ourselves, "someone needs to take advantage of that building and open up another business." What a surprise one evening, when we passed it and saw that it was open!
We read the yelp reviews and read some write ups about it and wanted to wait a couple weeks to give it time to work out the "new restaurant kinks". We went the other night and immediately loved the ambiance of the place. It's dark inside, but not overly so. I thought it was cool they were playing movies like the Big Lebowski and Sin City instead of typical sports you might see at other watering holes. We sat at the bar and were greeted by a bartender immediately and ordered our drinks. This place is a great place for drinks. I had the Queen Anne's Revenge and the hubs had an old fashioned. Both were very well made. We also ordered some food items...Bone marrow (VERY good! My favorite thing we ordered), the pork slider ($5 for one slider...pricey but well made), the fries (well seasoned and had a good variety of dipping sauces), the bucket o' yard birds (not too in love with this, it wasn't as seasoned as we would have liked it to be, but the biscuit it came with was very good) and the fried artichokes (tasty!).
All in all, I would say this is a great place to come after work and have a drink with some friends/coworkers. Most of the people we saw while we visited looked like young professionals from around the area. I would come here more for the drinks than the food, although the Bone Marrow is totally something I would order again. Maybe they'll change up their menu over time and rotate menu items in and out. It would be great to have a place to get drinks and good eats so close by.
Hopefully, this place sticks around because we'll be back whenever we want a cool place to chill with friends and have some tasty cocktails.
Stumbled across this place on accident while looking for another Korean joint for dinner. You will leave this place stuffed! We ordered a special that was on their sign outside the door...spam/noodle soup. This thing was HUGE...it came out on a wok and they set it up on a gas burner at your table. There was only two of us and this thing was large enough for 3 or 4 people to share! We also ordered sweet potato fries as an appetizer thinking that the soup couldn't be that big. Fries came out fresh and piping hot...very good. Added bonus was the complementary potato pancake they gave so we ended up with 3 huge dishes between the two of us. The food was tasty and exactly what we were in the mood for.
It's a great hangout spot to come with friends and share some bottles of flavored soju (they have 4 or 5 different flavors) while listening to some K-pop in the background. They are also open pretty late so it's a good late nite spot. Next time, we want to go back and try their fried chicken dishes. I would definitely recommend this place if you and some friends are in the mood to share some really good Korean bar style finger foods or some hot pot soups to share. The ambiance is comfortable and chill AND they have call buttons on the table so that if you need something, a server comes pretty quick. Service there is pretty good and friendly, so we didn't need to use the call button a lot. We'll definitely be back for more!
The hubs and I were on a noodle soup kick and wanted to try some place new so we looked to our trusty yelp app for a suggestion and this place popped up.
The reviews for this place seemed to praise the bun bo hue as a pretty stellar thing to try so I did. It's a spicy beef broth with noodles that comes with pieces of fish cake and chunks of beef. You can opt to get it mild or spicy...I opted to get it mild. I love a spicy soup, but since this was my first time trying it out I really wanted to taste all the flavors without any excessive spice possibly getting in the way. It also comes with pork blood cubes in the mix, although for those of you who get squeamish by that sort of thing, you can opt to have it without. Upon my first slurp of the broth I immediately became a fan. The broth had a spicy kick, was deep and flavorful, and was perfectly seasoned. The fish cake and beef soaked up all the good flavors of the broth and the noodles had the perfect consistency. The pork blood added a nice unique texture to the overall dish...didn't have a lot of flavor but had the texture of soft tofu. I only wish they gave a little more noodles in their portion because it seemed like there should have been more noodles than it actually came with but the tasty broth made up for it. Next time I'll be ordering the large bowl, because I know I'll be showing up to this place extra hungry for this dish and I'll want a giant bowl filled with this stuff in front of my face. The hubs had one of the standard beef large pho bowls and this bowl was huge! The broth, again, was flavorful, had a great ratio of noodles to good quality meat pieces. He was really impressed with the flavor of the broth and thought it was one of the best we've had so far. The soups came with the standard bean sprouts/basil/citrus wedges, but also came with shredded cabbage which was a nice different addition to the usual side condiments offered with pho soups.
We also shared the spring rolls as an appetizer. They were fresh tasting and made with the right amount of veggies vs. shrimp.
The restaurant itself is large, super casual and clean. There is a tv that was playing sports on our last visit. We went in the evening so it really wasn't that busy but it's possible that this place gets a lot of customers during lunch time, as pho seems to be a popular lunchtime choice. The service was very friendly and super fast. The older lady who was serving us was so friendly and cute...she really took effort in making sure we were happy with what we ordered. AND they take credit cards! Most no-frills pho places I've been to is cash only so the fact that they took credit cards is a definite plus.
We really couldn't find anything not to like about this place...it's a great restaurant to get a great bowl of pho and especially some good bun bo hue.
This place is the real deal for great BBQ. The people who run this joint are so friendly and welcoming...you can't help but leave here with a good mood to go with your fantastic bbq meal. This is a small takeout spot. They have a couple tables but I think calling in your order ahead of time and picking it up is the way to go here. The interior is nothing fancy...just a no-frills place to get some seriosi BBQ.
The hubs and I decided to call in an order for a combo meal...a brisket and rib meal with a small side of baked beans (good, nothing stellar but definitely gets the job done), coleslaw (freshly made with a nice dressing) and the macaroni salad (really great tasting, a nice contrasting cool taste to have with the spicy/sweet bbq sauce).
Now, on to the meaty goodness. The brisket was great...tender, flavorful. Some pieces were a little dry but I think it's because we got an end piece...but overall still tasted fantastic. The ribs were really great...they were meaty and the meat came easily off the bone. They give you a choice of sauce (mild, medium, spicy) and we chose the medium. The sauce had a great flavor to it...had just the right amount of kick to it to make it mildly spicy...I wouldn't mind trying the spicy next time just to see how much more kick it has. We've never been to the south yet to try any real southern BBQ but we would imagine that the food here is exactly what it would taste like.
Overall we were really impressed with this place. It's mostly a takeout spot so it's not like you'd experience real table service, but even during the short time we were there to just pay and pick up our order, we could tell that the people who work here are so friendly. You can really tell these people put a lot of love into the bbq.
We definitely recommend this local place for some really great tasting BBQ.
I've had a half baked pizza for takeout at this location and recently actually had dinner here. This place is known for their deep dish, but they do also have regular thinner crust pizza, if that's your thing, too. There's almost always a line out the door for this place and parking is usually a nightmare, I've found. BUT it is near a Bart station and biking here is easy...which is probably a good thing because after you've ingested all the tasty carbs from a Zachary's pizza, you're gonna need to take a walk or go on a bike ride to burn those calories off.
For the half baked pizza, I tried the spinach and mushroom. It was delicious! And so easy...you just call ahead to preorder and they tell you when to come and pick it up. Then you bake it the rest of the way in your own oven. Still comes out tasty and fresh!
On the night me and the hubs stopped in for dinner, we were lucky that there happened not to be a wait for a table for 2...it was meant to be! So we sat down and ordered the Zachary's Special (a combo deep dish pizza). Also, did not disappoint! Be warned, they take a while to bake since they probably make each pizza fresh so I wouldn't come here if you're in a hurry. We also ordered a half ceasar salad and shared a pilsner beer. The server was friendly and she made sure to update us on the status of our pizza because she knew we had been waiting for a little while. The price per person is fair for what you get.
If you're in the mood for some good deep dish pizza...you gotta go here.
We are always on the prowl for good eats and this place was a great find! If you love spicy asian food this is the place to go. It's open late, very BART-able, but takes cash only, so hit up the ATM before you head over there.
The restaurant is nothing fancy...a standard chinese place with a tv playing some chinese music videos on the wall. We were greeted and quickly seated. We kind of did our yelp research before arriving so we already knew what we wanted before going, but the menu looks like it's got some good variety of dishes that we will definitely be back for to try. The hot pot items look like they'd be really good to try on a rainy winter day.
We ordered stinky tofu, szechwan spicy beef noodle soup, spicy vegetable fried rice, tan tan noodles, and the explosive chili chicken. Everything was excellent. (the tan tan noodles weren't our fave, but I think it's cuz we were expecting it to taste like something else, so that's not really their fault.) I think the explosive chili chicken and szechwan noodle soup are gonna be our regular dishes when we go there, they were the highlight of our meal! You can order things extra spicy if you feel so inclined, as well. Although the standard way they make their dishes have a good kick to them, already.
The service was prompt...we didn't have to ask to refill our water glasses. Not over the top friendly, but that's pretty standard for chinese restaurants.
In the end we left stuffed, happy and with tasty leftovers for our lunch the next day! Our total bill with tax and tip came out to less than 50 dollars. Not too bad.
We'll definitely be back again.
Don't be fooled by the run-of-the-mill old corner liquor store exterior. This place has TONS of treasures inside for the cocktail lover. A great selection of bitters along with a whole wall's worth of premium whiskeys/bourbons/scotches. They have what looks like a great selection of wines and beers, too. I went in the other day to find some hard to find rye bourbon that's not found in your typical bevmo and sure enough, they had it. I was helped by a friendly guy at the counter...might have been the owner. Seemed like he knew his stock and knew it well so the people here are probably the ones to ask if you've been hunting for something hard to find or if you just need help choosing something of a certain type.
The store is not fancy at all but you'll be amazed by the offerings they provide. A great local spot to find all your liquor cabinet needs. Also, you can park your bicycle inside the shop!
This is THE place to go to get some comfort cantonese style chinese food. This joint is open late, reasonably priced and always packed with locals getting their chinese deli fix on.
The hubs and I have been here a few times now and this place never disappoints. It's got all of your standard cantonese style dishes mixed with deli items that you can order on rice plates or with your noodles. It's wise to come really early or after the lunch/dinner rushes because there is usually a line out the door to this place from what I've seen.
So far we've ordered their salty fish/chicken/tofu clay pot (large and delicious), their bbq pork rice plates (filling and well cooked meat), wonton/duck noodle soup (how can you go wrong?) and various vegetable dishes. So far we haven't had a bad experience and it's become our regular spot for those times when we're in the mood of some good chinese style comfort fare that we've grown up with eating.
Service has always been fast for us. Parking is simple as this place is located right above the parking structure (it's like $2 flat rate during evenings). And they take credit cards and are open late at night.
This is going to be my go to place for Indian food. Sure it's a tiny hole-in-the-wall type joint, but the best food comes out of these types of places! We went on a Friday night and were lucky enough to be seated immediately. The place is tiny and filled up really fast. The service and ambiance was nothing fancy but we got our order in a few minutes after we were seated and the food came out fast. We ordered the chicken tiki masala, a lamb dish, garlic naan, and a garbanzo bean mixed with lentil dish. Everything came out great and flavorful. We love spicy food so the level of spiciness was perfect for us. The garlic naan is great when dipped in the green sauce that they have on the tables. Overall, we loved the food. It's not great for big groups because, again, it's a small joint. I will definitely be back. The prices are great, too.
After hearing a few great things about this place, I finally found the chance to try it and it definitely was worth the visit. They serve breakfast type burritos/fare before 11 and start serving lunch after 11. I got there a few minutes early and opted to wait until the lunch portion of the menu started and am so glad i decided to hold out for the lunch menu. I ordered the pork belly sandwich which had a garlic aioli sauce, sliced jalapenos, a carrot type slaw and avacados on a torpedo bun. It was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had the pleasure of stuffing my face with. I ate every bite and it was delicious! The sandwich came with a side of potato chips which rounded out the lunch nicely. The other sandwiches on the menu looked tasty as well, so I'll have to come back to try some of their other options. I believe their menu does change daily so I would imagine there's probably always new things to try.
The service was friendly and fast. This joint isn't that big so I can see it getting super crowded during the peak of meal times and I saw a lot of people getting orders to-go. But if you can get a seat by the window and people watch while you enjoy one of their fantastic sandwiches, this is a great little spot. I will definitely be visiting again.
If you like a well made, crafted cocktail...this dive bar is the place to be. From the outside it doesn't look like much...an unassuming building off a busy street who's name resembles that of a strip club...but don't be fooled, this bar knows how to make a good drink! The hubs and I have been here a few times now with friends and we always are impressed with the quality of the drinks made here. We always order rounds of old fashions and they are well made, stiff, and oh so good. It's worthy to note that the ice used here are actually square. A small detail, but one we always notice and give props for at a bar. Their mint juleps and manhattans are always very good, too. What's great is that even though this actual bar doesn't serve any food, there's always a taco truck parked right next door and you can bring in the food purchased there to eat in the bar and enjoy with your cocktails.
The ambiance is divey and super casual. When we've been there the crowd has been mostly made up of young professionals or 30 somethings making the old campy vibe of the bar cool and fun. They have a pool table and a shuffleboard...and they do have a tv that sometimes plays sports, sometimes plays old batman movies and on our last visit played weird old soft core porn movie trailers???...needless to say, this is a unique and quirky little bar and despite what's being played on the tv...the drinks make this place worth the visit.
Whoa, this brunch spot is legit! The hubs and I ventured out and wanted to try something new. I've heard about this spot a couple times from some East Bay natives and thought this would be a good option.
We get there and it's bustling with brunchers...there's people waiting outside and we're afraid that the wait is going to be FOREVER and we are starving. We decide to put our name down on the list since it seems like they're calling out names pretty fast to be seated so we try our luck. After about 15-20 minutes we're seated...not bad! During our wait we've already scoured the menu so when the friendly waitress comes to take our drink orders we put in our food orders right then and there. I decided to order the sweet potato hash topped with 2 eggs and braised pork belly. The hubs decides to get the southern bubble and squeak and a pancake side. Everything tasted delicious...and the portions are generous. You won't leave this place hungry, that's for sure. The sweet potato hash was perfectly cooked and went great with the runny eggs. The braised pork belly was tender, tasty and juicy. The bubble and squeak was also cooked very well...the greens they came with were cooked well and everything just tasted great together. The pancake was large, light and fluffy and came topped with apple slices. The real treat at this place is the biscuits...probably one out of many of the favorite items of our meals.
Our overall experience was one we really liked. The server was super friendly, service was super fast and the ambiance was casual and comfortable. This is one of the best brunch places we've been to and can't wait to come back to try their other offerings. Be sure to come early because there is a wait since it's pretty popular (just like all really good breakfast places usually are). You get free coffee while you wait...we're not coffee drinkers but it's a nice gesture that they offer.
Wow all the rave reviews about this place really are true. I've heard about this place from various people who have said that for Indian food, this place is the joint to be at. The hubs and I were looking for a new lunch spot and so we decided that we should try this place out.
When we got there the place was pretty busy...but the line moved fast. The overall space is rather large...lot's of tables and super casual so for groups and kids this place is probably a good bet. We weren't really sure what to order so we just randomly chose from the pictures on their menu and hoped for the best. Their ordering style is the kind where you order at the counter, pay, and they call your name when each of your items are ready to be picked up.
When we got all of our food to our table, we were super impressed with how well everything tasted. There really wasn't one thing that we didn't like. We had the lamb roti (good portion, didn't taste gamey at all, nice flavors), the chicken biryani (large portions, nice pieces of chicken, nicely spiced), the samosas which came with a side of cholle which are like chick peas (very good and fresh), cholle bhature which is a huge puffed up piece of bread filled with air that comes with chutney and more cholle (this was our favorite thing! delicious, fun to eat, would probably order every time we go) and a coconut drink to round the meal out. They actually give you a fresh coconut that they cut a hole out of and stick a straw into and you drink the milk directly from the shell...so delicious and made us feel like we were on some kind of mini vacation.
Overall this place is a must-visit if you're in the east bay. The prices are reasonable, the food comes out fast and the food is fantastic. I only wish this place was open later hours for dinner on weekdays. But Vik's is definitely a lunchtime or an early dinner treat!
This restaurant has been on my Yelp bookmark list for quite some time. The hubs and I were in the mood for some good Italian fare one evening and thought it would be a perfect time to see if this place really did measure up to all of the stellar reviews.
First of all, a word to the wise...make a reservation! We tried to make a reservation earlier the same day but all their reservations were full, but the host did recommend we come in as they did take walk-ins with a bit of a wait. We arrived maybe 20 minutes after opening and the place was packed! Luckily right as we were contemplating whether or not we should wait, 2 people got up from the bar and we asked the host if we could just sit there and eat. The host said, "of course, feel free!" and we swooped in and nabbed the only open 2 spots. This actually worked out rather well...we enjoyed watching the skilled bartender making drinks throughout the course of our meal.
Their menu changes often to reflect probably whatever ingredients they can attain that's local/fresh that day. On this particular day, after ordering a couple of drinks from the friendly bartender, I had the rigatoni with sausage (fresh, hearty, excellent) and the hubs got a pizza with the housemade sausage (great thin crust, perfectly baked and delicious). We were both pleasantly surprised at how good both of these entrees were and they came out in a really timely manner. The service at the bar was super friendly and saw that there were plenty of regulars coming in that they greeted warmly.
We really enjoyed the experience here and are definitely making it a point to come back to try other items on their menu. I believe they also have a little patio area, so we wouldn't mind experiencing a dinner outside there when the weather permits. Definitely recommend for a nice date night!
The hubs and I were in the mood for some crab so we yelped this place up and we gave it a shot. Wow...what a great restaurant...probably the best traditional cantonese style chinese dinner I've had in a REALLY long time.
We arrived on a rainy weekend night and the place was packed...lot's of large parties filled with chinese families...this was a good sign! Luckily there was just the two of us and they happened to have a table for two open so we were seated right away. We decided to pig out tonite and order way too much for 2 people to consume in one meal...everything looked so great on the menu we couldn't resist.
We ordered the salt and pepper fried chicken wings (fantastic! savory, salty, spicy, crispy...will definitely order that again), garlic spinach (was good, nothing out of the ordinary, but adequately met our standards), corn and crab soup (the bowl is big enough for 4-5 people to share, it was tasty with plenty of crab meat in there), salty fish and chicken fried rice (good, the hubs didn't think it was the absolute best he's tasted, but he was still satisfied) and finally the star of this gluttonous show, the house special fried dungeness crab (freshly caught out of the tank and cooked: 2.2 lbs of garlicky, savory, meaty crabness...everything you'd ever want in a crab dish). We scarfed that poor but delicious crab down and loved every bit of it.
The staff was actually attentive and friendly. They came around to change out our plates frequently when they became filled with empty crab shells. This is a great restaurant to come if you have a large group...although I'm sure it helps to make sure you have a reservation first. They do have a small parking lot in the back but there is plenty of street parking around if you are there on the weekends/evenings since it's in a business district of downtown Oakland so not a lot happening around there outside of the normal 9-5 standard business hours. The ambiance of the restaurant is nothing special..it's not a hole in the wall but it's nothing fancy either...just a super casual family restaurant environment.
The price for all the dishes are rather reasonable, especially for the portions they give you. Our entire meal with the 5 dishes we ordered that night cost a little over $55 including tax and tip...that's a great price considering that included a freshly cooked crab.
Really, the whole meal was delicious and we left satisfied and ridiculously stuffed WITH leftovers for lunch the next day. Whenever we're in the mood for some good chinese style seafood dishes, there is no doubt that this is the place we will be coming to.
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