Best garlic dishes in the Bay Area
- Robert Lauriston Jul 23, 2008 01:23 PM
What and where would you include in a garlic crawl?
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:
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.
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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).
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
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