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Jul 23, 2008 01:23 PM

Best garlic dishes in the Bay Area

What and where would you include in a garlic crawl?

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  1. Spices / Spices!3 etc. have a number of dishes that are covered in a shower of fried garlic slices.

    Old Jerusalem's ful is very garlicky.

    Incanto includes a roasted head of garlic on the antipasto platter.

    Korean places generally serve sliced raw garlic with barbecued short ribs.

    Does anyplace around here make that Middle Eastern garlic sauce that's made from a few heads of raw garlic crushed with salt, lemon juice, and oil? It's chunky, not a puree.

    Garlic noodles topic:

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I like the "spicy garlic sauce" dishes (sliced side pork, cucumber) at China Village better than the versions at Spices. They would be at the top of my garlic crawl list.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Have you ordered any of these garlic-showered dishes? It sounds like the "Bay Fung Tong" style crab. I seem to remember reading in the past that "Bay Fung Tong" restaurant on Franklin had this dish, but I don't know if they still do or if it's still any good.

        The Spices!3 fried stinky tofu sauce used to be very garlicky, but hasn't been as much the last several times I've tried it.

        I'm sure I've had some things that had me burping garlic recently, but I am struggling to remember.

        1. re: twocents

          I've had the garlic-showered dishes, though I can't remember which ones.

          I don't remember the sauce with fried stinky tofu except that I preferred the tofu plain.

          1. re: twocents

            Bay Fung Tong - style dishes have lots of garlic in the coating but also black beans, chilis, scallions, and more.

            There's also fried crispy-skinned chicken that covered with a blizzard of deepfried garlic bits.

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          1. You should include a Filiipino style breakfast with some garlic rice. Here's the photo of longsilog (longanisa, fried eggs, garlic rice) at Good Bites Cafe (Filipino and Arabic).

            Longsilog -

            Not as much garlic in the rice here, just enough to perfume it, which I initially considered a fault. Then the proprietor reminded me that I might be in close quarters with others the rest of the day, and he was right about the amount to start the work day. The longanisa were great, made by his sister. Garlicky, just a little sweet (not candied like too many), and meaty tasting, plus less greasy than usual. Eggs had runny yolks, but the whites were more frazzled than I like. This also came with a small green salad that had some mint in the dressing that reminded me of Levant style salads. And to end, a little cup of mixed fruit salad, cut to order. This cost something like $7 all together and was so worth it.

            When I left, I got a lahmacun to go. I wanted some baba ghanoush, but learned that it's only by special order now. Hummus is always available in the case. I loved this little spot when it was Rihab's and I like it just as much today.

            ETA: the condiments for my breakfast included a housemade spicy vinegar that was the perfect touch for those chubby sausages.

            Good Bites Cafe
            1504 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA 94002

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Mmm, that reminds me of the arros negra at B44. It's full of garlic to start with, and then you add aioli.

              44 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

            2. I'll add the "Beef Stomach in Spicy Sauce" at Little Sichuan Express. Very tender tripe with sliced jalapenos, whole garlic cloves (soft and sweet), and red bell peppers.

              Also, the roasted garlic crab at PPQ Dungeness Island.

              Little Sichuan Express - CLOSED, moved to Newark
              34420 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA

              1. I have a weakness for cajun shrimp (app) found exclusively @ Scotts seafood of Jack London Square. It is butter, lots of garlic and some other stuff which is really not that important !!

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                    1. re: Kim Cooper

                      here it is

                      Scott's Seafood Restaurant
                      2 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

                    2. re: JiyoHappy

                      The garlic naan at Taste Buds in Sunnyvale.

                      Who has the best garlic fries? Thin, fresh & hot, crisp french fries, garlic, parsley, and parmesan. Yum.

                      1. re: chow_eb

                        Garlic fries at Gordon Biersch are pretty good

                        Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
                        33 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113

                        1. re: JiyoHappy

                          Smart Alecs in Berkeley has garlic fries (air baked) that make you wake up the next morning with garlic breath... :) They used to be free if you brought in a paper or test with an A on it!

                          1. re: marilees

                            Oh yeah, I remember ..I could stink up the car just by saying aaaahhhhhh ...on our way back to San Jose

                            1. re: JiyoHappy

                              Haven't been in a while but doesn't Fritz have wonderful garlic fries? I remember big chunks of spring garlic in the fountain glass that they use to serve the fries in.