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May 4, 2007 07:12 PM

Oinkster - Just got beer & wine license

Andre Guerrero just got his beer and wine license, and while I am not sure exactly which beers he is currently carrying, it will be a work in progress. Anyone going for pastrami or a burger and a beer? Sounds good to me.

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  1. I saw a few weeks ago that he was carrying some pretty good bottles like Stella and what not. It isn't enough to pull me away from the ube milkshake, though. :D

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    1. re: SauceSupreme

      That's what I was going to say! I LOVE the Ube Milkshake made, for those that don't know, with Fosselman's Ube Ice Cream - YUM!

      Well maybe a good brew with my sandwich and the Ube Shake for the ride home!

    2. god, I wish this place weren't so uneven, though perhaps the beer and wine might take some of the sting out. a friend and I ate there last week for a late lunch--she ordered the vegetarian sandwich listed on the "specials" blackboard and was told that they were out. (uuhhhh?) so she settled for a cupcake--they were out of the peanut butter & jelly cupcake she'd wanted, though--and a cup of coffee. I ordered the pastrami combo (sandwich/fries & aioli/drink). we sat to wait, and admired the trash-strewn floors (well, okay, it was just after lunchtime) and the server's filthy/holey jeans. seriously, like homeless-level filthy. twenty five minutes later (and bear in mind, it's not busy by this time), Filthy/Holey brought out our order. oops, no coffee for my friend, and no aioli for me. could you bring those, please? ten minutes later, I went to the counter myself and got the coffee and aioli, from a really bedraggled looking Andre, but by this time, I'd started eating the pastrami, which was really subpar--very gristly. a customer came in and shouted congratulations to Andre on his recent good reviews, and it was all I could do not to make derisive rude noises in his general direction.

      seriously...I'm pretty forgiving, by and large, but this was a thoroughly unenjoyable visit, and maybe I'll wait to go back until *these* wrinkles get sorted out. I love the fries, but not that friggin' much.

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      1. Carter, thanks for this update. We'd gone last week and wanted to say something about that astonishingly good Ube shake but it was right on the heels of Jonathan Gold's great endorsement. My friend loved his pastrami sandwich as I enjoyed my pulled pork sandwich. The fries, of course, did not disappoint but that shake, in all its Laker colors glory, now joins Pie 'n Burger's banana cream pie as one of my two destination desserts. Now who knew Fosselman's makes a taro root ice cream!?

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        1. re: cvc

          FYI, ube is not the same thing as taro root, it's actually purple yam. A botanist would tell you that taro and purple yam are of different genus and species.

          1. re: Normal Garciaparra

            That's true; Taro is in the family Araceae and the species name is Colocasia esculenta. Ube (Purple Yam) is in the family Dioscoreaceae and the species name is Dioscorea alata. But as a biologist I can officially state that what is scientifically significant is that not only is the Ube Milkshake at Oinkster possibly the best milkshake ever created but that Fosselman's Ice Cream sells both Ube AND Taro ice creams. Take a cooler, buy both and enjoy at home! Their 1/2 gal. take home containers are a real bargain.

            1. re: sel

              I believe they'll be having Flat Tire and Stella on Tap.
              I hope they have some wines for less than $5 a glass as well (I love wine and burgers). They said they're waiting for their purveyor for the kegs..