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East Bay Folks:

A friend and NYC Chowhound will be visiting at the end of this week and we've decided to do a food tour of Berkeley and Oakland on a weekday afternoon. As a SF city dweller, I'm looking for chowish budget-minded suggestions for Oakland or Berkeley -- places to get specific items, as opposed to a sit down lunch. No place is too divey. For example, a good Chinese pastry shop, place to get Taiwanese small dishes, shakes and boba, or one particular taco truck that has good al pastor or tripitas.

I've already searched the boards and reviewed the recommendations and comments about the places listed below. If you have other quick bite recommendations to add particularly, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Chinese, Mexican -- they would be much appreciated.

Ici - ice cream
Cheeseboard - pizza and cheese
Delicious Food Co. - dim sum
Acme - bread
Bakesale Betty's - just o.k. to me.
Sketch - not my fave.

Sit Down Places
Pizzaiolo - pizza
Battambang - Cambodian
Peony - Vietnamese
Pho Hoa Lao II - Vietnamese
China Village - Szechuan
Sea Salt - out of budget

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Pizzaiolo's not a place to get a quick bite unless you get there right when they open at 5:30, not long after that there's usually a long wait for a table.

    For a slice of pizza and the best beer in the area, go to the Oakland branch of Lanesplitter a few blocks down Telegraph.

    Near Acme:

    Cafe Rouge meat counter - hot dog
    Lanesplitter (Berkeley branch) - pizza slices and best beer in the area
    Tacubaya
    Tuk Tuk - Thai supermarket with steam table
    Vik's - chaat

    Sitdown:

    Dan Sung Sa - soju bang (not sure when they open)
    Shanghai for dumplings
    Spices!3 - Taiwanese Sichuan
    T-Rex happy hour
    Vanessa's happy hour

    Other places:

    Grocery Outlet - the Oakland branch on Telegraph also has a decent taco truck in front
    Koreana Plaza - fun to browse and lots of snack-size items to go

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I finally got to Spices!3 the other day. The dishes I ordered were good, but not as good as their counterparts at China Village. I noticed that they do have a full DIY hot pot/shabu shabu menu available daily now. They also had some table cards titled "Hunan Trenz" that had at least a few dishes that were identifiably Hunan. Anyone tried Hunan dishes there or at their sister restaurants?

      You can have fun wandering around Oakland Chinatown -- there's a wide assortment of restaurants, Hong Kong style snack/drink shops, bakeries, etc. Then you can hop on BART and do the same at Fruitvale.

    2. Try Wonder Food Bakery for chinese pastry. I especially like their bo lo bao.

      Tacos El Gordo for al pastor on a spit, but they are only there nights. I think they may have a different schedule on weekends, hopefully someone can verify.

      Delicious Food Co does a really good jook special in the morning for 2 dollars and change.

      You listed Peony as vietnamese, but it's actually sit down dim sum. I hear it's the best in Chinatown.

      I haven't been to Pho Hoa Lao II in a while, but it used to be my favorite for pho. My current favorite is Pho Hoa Hung.

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      1. re: DezzerSF

        Tacos El Gordo is there during the day on weekends. Basically, they're there outside of normal M-F business hours.

      2. Will you have a car? And how many hours will you have? Also, is the friend from Manhattan or another borough (will help me eliminate some places, depending on where he/she is from...)

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        1. re: daveena

          We will have a car. My friend lives in Brooklyn, but works near the LE Side. Both of us used to live in Manhattan. Last time I was in NYC, we spent an afternoon eating around Arthur Ave in the Bronx. Hope that gives you some idea, thanks in advance for your help!

        2. do yourself a favor and skip lanesplitters for pizza, mediocre at best. if you really want pizza go to gioia(sp?), close to monterey market.

          i'd have to second the vik's suggestion
          sweet adeline's for delicious baked goods
          for sit down i'd add:
          dona tomas-outdoor patio is sweet when the weather is fine
          pho 84-good vietnamese

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          1. re: tracylynn

            Gioia uses good toppings but to me the crust is tasteless. I'm not sure if it's the flour they use or not enough salt or what. I'd rank the local by-the-slice pizza roughly as follows:

            1. Pie in the Sky; Lanesplitter (pepperoni)

            3. Cheese Board; Arizmendi; Zachary's (slices are thin, not their awful deep-dish)

            6. Gioia

            7. Mr. Pizza Man; Fat Slice; Blondie's

            10. Arinell's

            To my taste, if you order a whole 15" pie, Lanesplitter makes the best thin-crust New York-style pizza around. Some of the combos have too much stuff and the crust gets soggy, but the Carnivore and Heartstopper are good. The 19" pie also has a tendency to get soggy in the middle.

          2. Personally I would go to:
            Ao sen for Pho or Dry noodles- Vietnamese
            Tacos Sinaloa ,22cd ave and International - Taco Truck
            China Village, Solano Ave, Albany - Szchaun
            Lanesplitters Berkeley Night time only - NY pizza
            Vik's Only for Chaat - Berkeley

            For Dimsum, Chinese stuff SF has better than EB

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            1. re: chefj

              Why do you say nighttime only for Lanesplitter?

            2. Don't go to Lanesplitter, why get NY style pizza when your friend is visiting from NY? Also, why do you say that Sea Salt is out of budget -- the sandwiches, while not cheap, aren't super expensive (especially with Pizzaiolo on the list), and you can go mid day and share one of the eel sandwiches for $12, especially since you'll be eating all day long, that would be a perfect bite. Bakesale Betty would be good for one of their cookies if you need a sweet bite mid day, I really love their cookies and they're $1 each. Also, either make a reservation for Pizzaiolo or get there at 5:15 or 8:30ish. This is also a sit down, but Wood Tavern for the (very non traditional) pastrami sandwich is great (also to share for both of you), if you and your friend aren't anti non traditional pastrami. I'd skip the Cheeseboard pizza and just get some cheese there; the pizza is fine, but if you're going to be going to Pizzaiolo later, there' s no point in filling up on pizza with one that's not as good. I'd also add Champa Garden to your list, especially for the rice ball salad (or the appetizer sampler, which is huge and delicious at $10).

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              1. re: JasmineG

                At 9:30, you might get seated at Pizzaiolo within 5-10 minutes. At 8:30, in my experience, it's usually 45 minutes to an hour.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Well, it'll be a weekday, and in my experience going around 8:30 on a weekday is significantly less of a wait...that is if the weekday isn't Thursday or Friday. If it's one of those days, yes, definitely go much later.

                2. re: JasmineG

                  The BBQ Eel 'Bahn Mi" at Sea Salt is $14 now.

                  I'm not saying its not worth it, but the price has gone up.

                3. I always read NY has no good Mexican food, so I'd go to Fruitvale. Get some of that hand-made Mexican ice cream at Cinco de Neives. Head over a block to the taco trucks on fruitvale and get a aqua fresca at agua de ojo and a carnitas taco one block away from El Novillo.

                  I might suggest stopping at Berkeley Bowl just to oggle the produce and maybe by Crixa cakes. The East Coast has a lot of good Eastern European Bakeries but I really don't think there is anything that matches this.

                  Fonda has a great steak torta at lunch that can and should be split by two. Late night (after 9) there's a low cost menu available.

                  1. OK, I made a Google map of my top choices for a noshing tour of Oakland Chinatown.

                    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF...

                    I'd recommend:
                    1) Delicious Food Company for their remarkably delicate har gow
                    2) Napolean Bakery for a wide variety of pastries (both egg and Portuguese style custard tarts, sponge cakes, savory pastries
                    )3) Tao Yuen Pastry for rice rolls (soft mantou dough wrapped around glutinous rice with mushroom, Chinese sausage. I'd avoid most of their other items though).
                    4) BC Deli - split a bahn mi (I especially like the BBQ chicken and BBQ pork). I also really love their Chiu-Chow style fried rice cake with egg and preserved vegetable, but that might be too filling.
                    5) Sweet Booth for ice cream with some unusual flavors, including black sesame and durian
                    6) Shanghai Restaurant for xiao long bao
                    7) Shan Dong for steamed pork and vegetable buns.
                    .

                    I would only consider Battambang if you can talk them into making prahok khtiss (pork and fermented fish dip with coconut milk, spices)... consider the fried tofu with 1000 chilis at Spices 3 and the pho bo kho (spicy beef noodle stew) at Pho Hoa Lao. These all might take too long and be too filling for your afternoon snacking marathon, though. Also, not Chinese, but near Chinatown, is Rico's Diner on Franklin and 15th, which has grilled hot dogs on Acme buns. great hamburgers, and milkshakes with fresh fruit.
                    There are a few boba places a long the way, too - Quickly is right next to Shan Dong. I'd skip Peony on this trip - it's good, but it would be hard to go in, order one or two things, and get out without being full.

                    Since you have a car, I'd consider Green Papaya Deli on International and 2nd for either Thai or Lao style larb and papaya salad, along with Jasmine G's rec for Champa Garden appetizer platter (warning: servings at both places are large).

                    Definite yes for Cheeseboard (and while I considered their pizzas blasphemous when I first moved out here, I rather like them now, corn and cilantro and all. I would get one slice to share, just because they're so different). No on Lanesplitter, which is an adequate slice that would be average in NYC. Yes on browsing Berkeley Bowl. Yes on Viks and Fruitvale taco trucks (I like the carnitas at Sinaloa at Int'l and 22nd). Yes on an ice cream sandwich from Ici.

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                    1. re: daveena

                      I would stick with what is recomended at Green Papaya. A freind I recommended it to on Chowhound recs emailed me ...

                      " I decided to try Green Papaya which is a short walk from home. The people were wonderful; they couldn't have been lovelier: friendly, kind, helpful. The food was a disappointment. I had #16 Red Curry Chicken & #12 Moke Pa (Steamed Fish) along w/ tea. The curry was not red, as I asked, but rather yellow. It was adequate but hardly memorable. I have cooked this dish in a manner far more to my liking. And if I were to order it there again I would make an even greater effort to express myself so that I could have gotten the dish w/ some "heat" (read: spicy). I think there may have been a bit of a language barrier w/ my sweet server, or, perhaps, seeing my Caucasian face they decided to tame things down. The Moke Pa was something I would never consider ordering again. One bite was all I could muster. It had only a hint of warmth (temperature, this time) & was most unappetizing. The "hot" tea was tepid."

                      1. re: rworange

                        Hmm... I actually really liked the moke pa. I think I liked it better than most versions of Cambodian amok, which it strongly resembles. It does have a lot of a somewhat slimy green, which could be offputting to some people, but I liked the flavor.

                      2. re: daveena

                        Thank you for the map and specific suggestions. I'm working on a couple of maps for SF and NYC. They are fairly limited, but hopefully they can be of use to someone when mapping a food excursion:

                        http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF...

                        1. re: wanderlust21

                          That looks great... you hit almost all of my favorites!

                          1. re: wanderlust21

                            Do you have a topic on the Manhattan board for comments on that map?

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                              No I didn't post it there because the Manhat board is extremely crowded and mobbed. It's almost like that site that starts with a Y...full of random people. The map is built from comments on my nyc dining itinerary by friends. If you want their comments go through my profile or pm me.

                              Also, these maps become significantly less useful after you plot more than a half dozen places. If anyone knows of another program that allows you to put numbers on the map let me know.

                              1. re: wanderlust21

                                My email address is on my profile. There is a way to customize the icons to make them anything. Also, there are a variety of ways to use alternate icons to make the maps more useful. So email me if you need some tips ... or at least the little I know.

                                I haven't looked at the map yet, but if it is useful in finding food, I'd post it. It might get in the Chow digest which would also keep it a little more visible.

                                I've done about 50 maps right now for things like taco trucks for specific areas like Oakland and Salinas, specific cuisines like African, Portugues, Eastern European, etc. Winery maps for Napa and Sonoma.

                                Mainly it is for me so I can find things more easily, but I share them with the board and some people find them useful.

                                I'm going international next. Planning on doing some travel.

                                1. re: rworange

                                  Yes, thanks I love your taco map and used it today, but you can only use alternate icons, no numbers or letters. Let me know if you have a fix for that.

                                  1. re: wanderlust21

                                    You might want to check out this suggestion from that taco truck map thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/45040...

                                2. re: wanderlust21

                                  Google Maps does have a lot of frustrating limitations.

                                  Start a topic on the Manhattan board and I can give you some probably useful feedback on that map (e.g. one of your friends recommended a closed restaurant). My report on my January trip:

                                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483946

                          2. Since you live in SF, I strongly suggest you skip Battambang and go to Angkor Borei.

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                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                              I like Angkor Borei -- the ah monk and the pra-hok are my favorites. Per you and Daveena, I'll skip Battambang this time.

                            2. You guys are great. I love to see everyone's strong opinions and passion for food! Thanks to all for your thoughts and specific suggestions.

                              We'll be doing it on Friday and I'll definitely report back.

                              1. If you're going to be at the Cheese Board, you might check out Gregoire across the street.

                                Re: Bakesale Betty's...have you tried the fried chicken sandwich? I'm not a fan of fried chicken breast but the sandwich is outstanding. For $7.50 you can split the sandwich and you'll both be full.

                                A 4th or 5th on Mexican food...International Blvd would be a nice trip and cheap. They'd probably like Tacubaya but it's really expensive for what you get and International Blvd is better and cheaper.

                                Oakland Chinatown - Chef Lau has a great special -- 3 dishes for $15 + comp house soup. Best Cantonese food in Oakland for the price.

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                                1. re: ML8000

                                  Bakesale Betty's is o.k. I've only been their once. I think their fried chicken sandwich is good, mine could've done with a bit more sauce to brighten up the chicken breast. But, I'm a more of a dark meat girl, so not a very good person to judge chicken breasts. I particularly liked their cookies, which they were extremely generous with. Their ginger cookie was excellent.

                                  Will definitely make it to Int'l Blvd for tacos. Thanks.

                                  1. re: wanderlust21

                                    If you're going to be on Int'l Blvd, don't forget to stop by Ba Le for Vietnamese Sandwiches.

                                    1. re: nicedragonboy

                                      Cafe Rouge has $1 oysters on Wednesday!

                                2. And add a most awesome waffle at Guerilla Cafe, 1620 Shattuck, Berkeley. Great Coffee too, individually brewed.

                                  1. TOUR REPORT.

                                    We did not go to any sit down restaurants due to time constraints. Berkeley Bowl was out as we were already planning to go to Alemany on Saturday.

                                    Vik’s – Hydrabadi Fish was the daily special, we enjoyed the fish and the mild buttery sauce. I love the pickled achar and papam that comes standard with the specials. We enjoyed the pane puri which is the mini puris with potato, chickpea and mint. We also had the Dahi Pakori a lentil dumpling topped with yogurt, which was not to my personal taste because of its sweetness. The last time I was at Vik’s was about six years ago and the furnishings were far different. Good to see the place doing well with real seating and nice new counters.

                                    Acme – picked up an Epi loaf, Pain Levain and an almond croissant for later. I was disappointed by the almond croissant. The Epi loaf and pain levain were fine.

                                    Then headed to the Cheeseboard for pizza. The pizza du jour was Asparagus, Prima Donna Gouda, Mozzarella, Olive Oil, Lemon Zest, Garlic and Parsley. Beautiful pizza, thin with the right amount of cheese, the lemon and parsley really stood out. The bottom was wonderfully crisp and supported the softer layer of crust above. Hooray, a place with good crust!

                                    Café Rouge. I wanted to buy some sausages and decided on a few of their house made Merguez and Seville sausages. The Seville was made of pork, proscuitto, all spice, and Seville oranges. At home, I found it very tasty, salty from the proscuitto, with a definite all spice flavor. It reminded me of a milder version of Calabrese sausage.

                                    Headed to Ici. Tasted the Cardamom and Burnt Caramel. The burnt caramel had a bit too much of the bitter burnt flavor to me, I guess I’ve become accustomed to Bi-Rite’s salted caramel. The cardamom was good, but I settled on a Meyer Lemon with Gingersnap ice cream sandwich. Enjoyed the gingersnap layers very much and liked the Meyer Lemon ice cream, but it is slightly icier and more citrus than the one at Bi Rite which I prefer. My friend had the Catalan Cream flavor and loved it. It was flavored with Anis, Vanilla and something else. She also loved the cone.

                                    Off to Oakland’s Chinatown where we had Har Gow at Delicious Foods. The Har Gow were particularly good, better than many of those I’ve had from the Clement take out places. A lot of soft shrimp filling with a dumpling skin, gently wrapping the filling -- not too thick and chewy. I will get those again.

                                    Walked around the corner to Napoleon Bakery where we grabbed a couple of sponge cupcakes and custard tarts for later. I would stop here for both items again; the cupcakes were soft and airy, simple and not too sweet. We consumed the tarts that night, nice egg taste, good crust - they held up well.

                                    Then to Tao Yuen a couple of doors down. Rice rolls were recommended, but we were not in the mood and opted for the tofu skin wrapped pork sticks and a sesame ball. The tofu skin wrapped pork rolls were very crispy on the outside even though they had been sitting around and must have been fried a while ago. The filling had shrimp, pork, mushrooms, water chestnuts, a lot of flavor. Better than the soggy style served on Clement. The sesame ball was not good at all.

                                    It was starting to rain so we figured we better get to the taco trucks before it became too wet to eat outside. After cruising past several of them we stopped at Guadalajara. Both of us had al pastor. The al pastor had the spicy seasoning I expected, but the meat was cut a little more thickly than what I’m used to. I’m on the fence as to whether this was an improvement or not. There have been times I felt that the thin cut al pastor was too overpowering, this cut was thick and juicy and held up to the seasoning. The tortillas were slightly toasted, but still soft.

                                    Made a short stop at Cinco de Mayo Nieves shop on Int’l Boulevard where we were disappointed to find some regular ice cream bought wholesale. Of course, we were at the wrong place, not the food stall that we had intended to try! We ordered a hibiscus flavored snow cone. The snow cone was sweet and the ice was coarse (not like shaved ice in Hawaii). We would not come back here.

                                    Finally a stop at the Sinaloa Trucks where we ordered tacos de carnitas, al pastor and tripitas. The meat on the carnitas and al pastor were very tender and juicy. She particularly liked the soft juicy carnitas meat. The al pastor was tender though the sauce was slightly sweet, which I was not expecting. Tripitas were a bit of a disappointment for me, because the tripe was somewhat soft. I’m used to the Tonayense trucks where they fry the tripitas right before serving so that it gets crisped up to the consistency and taste of crisp bacon. The tortillas were slightly crispy from frying. I’d get the carnitas next time.

                                    Thanks to the Chowhounds who armed us with recommendations and maps for our tour (I will point to this thread to credit you), I was happy with the food sites around Berkeley and Oakland. Even after trying eleven places in one afternoon, I'm already thinking of new possibilities for further adventures.

                                    Tried to attach a couple of pics and it didn't work, so you can see them here:

                                    Berkeley
                                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22000526...

                                    Oakland
                                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22000526...

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                                    Vik's Chaat House
                                    2390 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

                                    Acme Bread
                                    1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

                                    Ici Ice Cream
                                    2948 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

                                    Cafe Rouge
                                    1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

                                    Cheese Board Pizza
                                    1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

                                    Cinco De Mayo
                                    4300 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

                                    Tao Yuen Pastry
                                    816 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

                                    Delicious Foods
                                    734 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

                                    Napoleon Super Bakery
                                    810 Franklin St, Oakland, CA

                                    Tacos Guadalajara Taco Truck
                                    International Blvd and 44th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601

                                    Sinaloa
                                    International Blvd and 26th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601

                                     
                                    11 Replies
                                    1. re: wanderlust21

                                      Thank you for the reports and links ... but what in the world are you talking about in regard to Nieves Cinco De Mayo ... wholesale??? So you went to the wrong place and wouldn't go back? At Cinco de Mayo they let you sample as much as you like and the do not sell wholesale ice cream. Really harsh if you didn't have any samples to dismiss it like that. It is NOT supposed to be shave ice ... it is raspado. It is not a snow cone either.

                                      1. re: rworange

                                        I think what wanderlust is trying to say is that it seems like we went to the wrong place and we would not go back to that place. I spent four months in Mexico last year and was excited about showing her what nieve is like, and so imagine my surprise when we walked in Cinco de Mayo and found "Foster Farms" printed on the side of the ice cream tubs. We thought we'd made a mistake, though if you think this is the right one, I'm curious to know if there's some secret signal you give where you get access to the nieves. At least in my experience, based on nieve I've eaten in Mexico City and Oaxaca, shaved ice is not nieve, though it was nice to see jamaica and guayaba as flavors for the shaved ice. Do you have an address for the place you'd recommend?

                                        In any case, thanks to everyone for the tips! I used to live in SF so my priorities weren't the same as a first-time tourist's, though I really do appreciate all the ways in which SF is so different from NY.

                                        1. re: AppleSister

                                          Oh wait ... I didn't notice the address on that link ... yeah, you went to the wrong place there is Cinco de Mayo on Intl and Nieves Cinco de Mayo.The one you wanted is on 3340 E 12th St. Here's the place record
                                          http://www.chow.com/places/5920

                                          It's confusing because the one on International advertises that they sell nieves in large letters on the window.

                                          1. re: AppleSister

                                            Here's a place link to Nieves Cinco de Mayo. The correct place is off International. If you can step directly from International into the shop, you're in the wrong place. Instead, walk around back past the cart selling custard-filled churros and go inside the brightly colored building.

                                            Last time I went I tried the ices for the first time. All were good but the lime was astonishing.

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                                            Nieves Cinco de Mayo
                                            3340 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94601

                                          2. re: rworange

                                            Thanks Applesister and I appreciate RW's defense of a Nieveria she likes. This is a case of mistaken identity. Just to clarify for others -- there are two places in Oakland both called Cinco de Mayo and both selling ice cream. They are not connected to each other. (See article below.)

                                            The Cinco De Mayo RWOrange is referring to was not the place we went to. I was saying that we would not go back to the shop on Int'l Blvd, which does not have the unlimited samples and housemade Nieves.

                                            In the future, I would like to try the Cinco De Mayo stall that was recommended on this board and in East Bay Express:
                                            http://www.eastbayexpress.com/restaur...

                                            1. re: wanderlust21

                                              Too bad you didn't get the right address! Also, at the Guadalajara/El Novillo truck, the thing to get is the carnitas. I'm pretty sure all the reports/recs for that truck specify that (they also used to have really good tripitas that was browned and crispy like you describe, but no more).

                                              Otherwise, it seems like you had a great trip, and if you do it again you have more to look forward to.

                                          3. re: wanderlust21

                                            Have Vik's furnishings changed? Were the old tables and chairs actually worse?

                                            Cheese Board Pizza's crust is by my standards something of a cheat. They keep it crisp by having no stretch at all. Compared with e.g. Pizzaiolo or Dopo, it's cracker-like.

                                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                              It may have been more than six years since I've been to Vik's. Last time I was there it was like walking into a warehouse garage. It had one counter, no menu on the wall, about four tables and I don't even remember if the floor had tiling. Time flies.

                                              I have not been to Pizzaiolo or Dopo, will do someday on your recommendation. As far as Cheeseboard, I thoroughly enjoyed their pizza. I didn't find the crust cracker-like, but I took a photo of the bottom to note that it was atypical. Perhaps it's not what one finds in Naples, Brooklyn, or New Haven, but it works for me.

                                              1. re: wanderlust21

                                                I'm a fan of Cheeseboard pizza as well - it's totally its own thing, and shouldn't be compared to NY or Neapolitan-style pizzas. I embrace it for its unapologetic Californian flair. Once you start with a sourdough crust, there's no turning back. Might as well pile on the seasonal veggies, the feta or gouda or whatever the cheese is of the day, the occasional condiment cup of cilantro. I suppose it might be better described as a flatbread with toppings, but whatever people call it, most of the pizzas I've had there have been really delicious.

                                                I'd forgotten about the tofu skin rolls at Tao Yuen - they are tasty, but they can be very, very oily (as in, grease squirts out when you bite into one). Glad you had an overall successful afternoon!

                                                1. re: daveena

                                                  I heartily agree. I have eaten a lot of New Haven and New York pizza in my lifetime, and I love the Cheeseboard's thing as its own. I even tried to get another slice at Arizmendi on Monday but it was closed! I had to satisfy myself, though it was really no sacrifice, with a classic SF burrito at La Taqueria.

                                            2. re: wanderlust21

                                              Wow, that was a great excursion! I love that no other sight-seeing was mentioned, just travel in the pursuit of snacks. That fits right in with the focus of AS's blog, which I enjoyed following through her meals in Oaxaca, Spain, Korea NYC, etc. Thanks for this post - and the blog.