5095 Telegraph Ave
Oakland CA 94609
There's nothing on earth like the aroma of a Real Italian Deli. The meats, the cheeses, the peppers, the coffee,
even the Brylcreem on the guy behind the counter, it all blends together to make your mouth water and your brain
flash back to the old days. When I was a kid walking into the deli with Mom meant WE GONNA EAT GOOD TONIGHT.
It meant ravioli or lasagne, fresh sourdough bread, tiramisu or spumoni for dessert. Although Genova is now
located in a modern strip mall, it is the Real Deal. Everything they sell is top quality and authentic. The prosciutto
must be one of their specialties. If you love that stuff as much as I do, this is the place to get it. The salads are
fresh and delicious. There is so much to enjoy here it's impossible to single out just a few. There are plenty of
places to buy deli meats and the like, but the number of Real Italian Delis is dwindling. If you have kids bring 'em
here so they can experience the joy of being surrounded by all these wonderful sights and smells. Worth the drive
from anywhere in the East Bay. My highest rating: Cinque stella!
4869 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland CA 94609
There are dozens of Korean restaurants in the Bay Area, but there is only one Sura. Walking into this brand new
restaurant for the first time, I was immediately impressed by the decor, how it all blended together to create a
relaxing atmosphere. But I knew this place was special once I had ordered, and the friendly waitress started
bringing over the banchan. Most restaurants give you 4 or 5 little side dishes, and the quality is usually so-so.
At Sura, I was presented with no less than FOURTEEN different items, including not only twelve small dishes,
but also a larger plate of cold noodles, and a cast iron skillet containing delicious scrambled eggs. I was stuffed
even before the main course arrived. And the waitress even offered me seconds on the banchan. Amazing.
The specialty of the house is good old Korean BBQ, but elevated to gourmet status thanks to the superior
quality of the food and the presentation. But vegetarians can do very well here. I was told "Sura" means "royal
cooking", and that's a perfect name for a restaurant where every diner is treated like royalty, and the food is fit
for the king's table. Highly recommended.
Laguna Youth Park
Sebastopol CA 95472
September 8, 2007 11:00am - 7:00pm
The problem with any celebration of Louisiana food and music is that it just serves to emphasize the fact that
you're not in Louisiana. But the festival organized by the folks in Sonoma County every year is the next best
thing to being there. The food and drink are excellent, and they always bring in some of the best zydeco bands
for your dancing pleasure. This year Chubby Carrier was the headliner. After a few hurricanes and some red
beans and rice, it's not hard to pretend you're down in South Louisiana, letting the good times roll.
966 N. Dutton Ave.
Santa Rosa CA 95401
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm
For several years I was a regular customer of the previous tenant of this building, Cam Ranh Bay. The decor
was minimal, and there was a big-screen TV blasting CNN at all hours, but the food was delicious, plentiful
and C H E A P. I was sorry to see it go, but now that Simply Vietnam has come along to replace it I must say
I'm not sorry any longer. This is without a doubt the best Vietnamese restaurant in the North Bay. The food is
consistently excellent, and the service is likewise. These are people that obviously care about quality and
work hard to maintain a high standard. The pho is as good as it gets, the noodle dishes are outstanding,
and although the restaurant is sometimes packed to the gills, the service is always great. And the dining room
has been beautifully redone in muted colors to provide a nice relaxing atmosphere.
Highest rating: *****