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September 19, 2014

Seriously “tasty” eats

Filed under: Alameda, Business, Restaurants, Warm Fuzzies — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

I like food.  I don’t know if I’ve expressed that sentiment here yet, but I do.   I love eating.  I love food.  I even like cooking.  Sometimes.   Typically I like it if I can watch some really trashy Bravo tv shows in the background while I’m prepping.   Anyway, one of my food/cooking heroes is Kenji Lopez-Alt from Serious Eats.  I’ve linked to his awesome spatchcocking guide for Thanksgiving which I use every year to get the turkey just right.   I have been anxiously waiting for the In N Out to open in order to try out some of the “secret menu” items that he detailed in his post about In N Out.   I don’t know if I have it in me to try some of those items but I’m looking forward to ordering my fries “well done” and adding chopped chilis, just because you can!

But I digress.  Anyway, apparently Kenji Lopez-Alt was in ALAMEDA last weekend.  He has friends who live here people!   Alameda coolness factor raised 10x.

But like any good foodie type person he ate while in Alameda.   Wanna know where he went and what he thought?

According to his Twitter feed, even though bagels are, supposedly, inferior and gross to the authentic ones made in New York , he put a New Yorker’s stamp of approval on Levy’s Bagels from the West End:

Except, I guess, the schmear was a little too much to be called a schmear.

The other Alameda locale that got the nod of approval: East End Pizza:

So Alamedans don’t be ashamed that our bagels may not be boiled and authentic and our pizza restaurants don’t add minerals to replicate the water from Brooklyn to make it extra tasty (did you know that a New York pizza institution that opened up an outpost in Las Vegas actually does this?).  Kenji Lopez-Alt has declared Levy’s bagels “surprisingly good” and East End Pizza “tasty.”

He also tweeted back when I posted a very fangirly tweet about being super excited to learn he was stomping around Alameda.

One day I will get the Flying Dutchman at In N Out and I will have no shame while eating it.  Maybe afterward.



  1. Forgive me if I don’t take the opinion of a person of German/Japanese descent who grew up in Massachusetts and happens to currently live in New York as the ultimate word in what makes a good piece of pizza or a good bagel. Nice try, though Lauren!

    Comment by Denise Shelton — September 19, 2014 @ 7:45 am

  2. Yes, ethnic background and not, oh, say, being James Beard nominated, a restaurant trained chef, and a former editor at Cook’s Illustrated should be the ultimate determination of someone’s ability on judging pizzas and bagels.

    Comment by Lauren Do — September 19, 2014 @ 8:28 am

  3. Who cares if is background is “German/Japanese descent who grew up in Massachusetts and happens to currently live in New York”. Denise where did you grow up and what is your background that makes you such a foodie. My dad, day came over on the mayflower and he is mixed with Latino. My mom has Irish, French, English, Latino, background but all that means nothing. It comes down to it, it is what I like. It appears Lauren likes In N Out, I tried Nations (sucked), but on the West end I prefer Carl’s Jr. (Red Robin would be nice).

    Comment by Joseph — September 19, 2014 @ 9:43 am

  4. Denises background, that would make her a “foodie” is Alameda food writer and restaurant reviewer. For me the best burger in Alameda can be purchased at the Alameda Grill. Do not ask where it is located because that is my secret place. Excuse me I’m salivating on my key board.

    Comment by John P. — September 19, 2014 @ 10:00 am

  5. We went to South Shore today saw Five Guys Burgers and Fries. We each ate a burger and it was really good. I don’t see how someone can eat a burger and fries as I was stuffed after the burger. I haven’t been to South Shore in like 2 years and was amazed by all the changes.

    Comment by Joseph — September 19, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

  6. Joseph, you need to get out more.

    Comment by John P. — September 20, 2014 @ 7:43 am

  7. John since the place was packed…I think that I get out enough. Why do you think so many chains make it and so many small places fail. I am on my way “out” now, to Levy’s Bagels. I been to some great restaurants in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, the LA area and had even bagels in New York. I didn’t think they were much better…just more expensive. I have actually eaten at Alameda Grill and it was just okay.

    Comment by Joseph — September 20, 2014 @ 11:23 am

  8. Joseph. you got me beat, I can only account for the West Coast. Your right about the Alameda Grill, it just happens to make a burger just the way I like it. As to your question about chains and small places, I wish I had the answer to that. Chains sell us food that is basically junk but tastes good. some small places serve the best food but can’t seem to find the correct business model which is heartbreaking.

    Comment by John P. — September 20, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

  9. I did like Acquacotta, the Frog and the Fiddle on Webster but it didn’t last long. We were not a fan of the Frog and Fiddle…it seemed to disjointed. I haven’t been to Chicha Bistro in the same location 1544 Webster. It seems like a good location but for some reason restaurants don’t last there.

    As far other non-fast food restaurants on the West End. I like Pasta Pelican, I haven’t been to Café Jolie as I not a big fan of French food, when New Zealander was there we didn’t like dinner but it was good for brunch, haven’t been to the new place 1400 Bar & Grill, and we like Dragon Village for Chinese, Otaez for Mexican, we hated Pier 29 restaurant (I was the only one out of 4 of us who finished our meal), We liked Angela’s when it was in Marina Village. Sometimes there are some food trucks in the construction areas which are not great but not bad. Santoro’s Italian Market & Deli has good sandwiches. Wes Cafe, I need to try. I am sure there are some I left out. Sometimes there are some food trucks in the construction areas which are not great but not bad.

    Comment by Joseph — September 20, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

  10. Oh, Joseph, the Café Jolie does not have “French food”. It does have some dishes with French influence, but it is a good, tasty and well decorated place to eat. The Chicha is owned by a wonderful woman who serves tasty food and drink from South America. They have live music sometimes. The pisco sours are wonderful. the 1400 Bar and Grill has good food and is a pleasant place for a dinner with no fuss. In warmer weather they have a great patio in the back for al fresco dining. Wes Café is a great sandwich and coffee/tea place, also owned by very nice people. As far as we are concerned the East Ocean is the best Chinese on Webster by far, and especially for dim sum. All these choices are great and I am not sure why you don’t try them, especially since you will try the food trucks.

    Comment by Kate Quick — September 20, 2014 @ 11:22 pm

  11. Yokohama, my favorite Sushi I love this place. Also on Webster.

    Comment by John P. — September 21, 2014 @ 7:35 am

  12. Agreed Kate, I should try those. I have been to East Ocean, but I don’t like dim sum, and prefer Dragon Village…just my preference. They actually have the new place Bucket O Crawfish, but I don’t like any fish or seafood…with the exception of sushi and canned tuna.

    John, I didn’t even know Yokohama Japanese Restaurant was there, I will have to try it out. On that side of the street I thought the block between Santa Clara and Central only had a bar, hair places, and liquor stores and I think there is a post office somewhere in there. I know the Fireside is somewhere in there, but I don’t know if it is just a bar or if they cook food?

    My partner went to Croll’s Pizza with his mom and sister last night and he said it was good. His mom said it is better then Straw Hat Pizza but the thing Straw Hat Pizza has going for it is the parking. We don’t like Mountain Mikes Pizza, Little Creasers you get what you pay for, and we haven’t been to Alameda Pizza.

    Comment by Joseph — September 21, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

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