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Oct 18, 2013 11:48 AM

Menlo Park to Fruitvale takeout for a potluck?

I'm going to a potluck tonight for a large group, and need to pick up something that won't suffer from being at room temperature and would allow people to just grab a small bite.

The potluck is in Fruitvale, so I can pick up something on the Peninsula between Menlo Park and the San Mateo Bridge, or in the East Bay between the Dumbarton Bridge and Fruitvale.

Besides hummus, and ideas?

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  1. Maybe one of the appetizers from Sha Bistro:

    Or samosas or the like from Chaat Bhavan:

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      The mouth watering chicken and sliced pork in garlic sauce at Sha Bistro look appropriate.

      Chaat sounds awesome, but I think most of the intesting items might get soggy by the time I get to Fruitvale, especially with the Bart strike typing up traffic.

      1. re: hyperbowler

        If it doesn't have to be finger food, the mouth watering chicken would be great. I haven't had the pork with garlic sauce, but if it's similar to the eggplant with garlic sauce, it should be great. Order ahead using the online menu, otherwise it might take 20-25 minutes.

        Non-finger-food, the sukah mutton masala from Mumbai Chowk is fantastic, and they're just a couple of blocks off 84. Again probably a good idea to order ahead.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I'm sure one could get Mumbai Chowk to make a finger food platter, they're nice folks and will put something good together.

          Frankie rolls, Pav (mutton in bun), Samosas, Dabeli, Cut Mirchi, whatever.

    2. Jerk tofu from Back-a-yard in Menlo Park is good at room temperature. Cut it into cubes to serve.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Thanks, that sounds very promising, if not today, certainly for the future.

        1. re: hyperbowler

          Again, I would not just order X versions of their plate, because it comes with a lot of salad and whatever. Just say you want a platter --- they'll do the right thing, I bet.

      2. The potluck plans got changed (oops), but I checked out the tofu cubes at Back-A-Yard for lunch last week to follow up on the above tip.

        I was expecting a piece of pressed tofu, so was surprised that soft tofu was the base. It's quite good--- even given its softness, the spicing fully permeated the tofu and there was char on the outside.

        More for sit-down than takeout, Sha Bistro is at the top of the Fremont queue...

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        1. re: hyperbowler

          Hmm, it's been a long time since I've had the tofu. My recollection was a slab of firmish tofu that you could have cut into cubes or fingers to divide into portions. Is the soft tofu loose?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Loose? It's not custardy like silken tofu, or as soft was what you get in Ma Po Doufu, but it seemed a bit softer and wetter on the inside than the little bricks you pick out of a tub with tongs.

            These pics look like what I had: