855 MacArthur Blvd, San Leandro, CA 94577 | 510.632.5320 | facebook

Mr. K and I were so excited to eat at the newest dining destination in the East Bay, which incredibly, is located in San Leandro!  It has been lovingly transformed from The Top Hatters hat shop into a restaurant that is sleek and modern with rustic wood details and lots of cool light fixtures.  It has a cool rambling layout filled with glass windows that look out to the central patio, which is dominated by a beautiful weeping cedar tree that is original to the property.  The chef-owner DanVy Vu used to operate the Go Streatery food truck which served excellent gourmet peasant cuisine that I loved and wrote about here.  She aims to fill in the void of San Leandro’s food scene with an eclectic mix of rustic, made-from-scratch dishes, always nuanced and inspired by what’s available seasonally.

Did I mention that they aren’t even officially open yet?  We signed up through Eventbrite so we could check them out during their soft-opening last weekend.

They have a full bar with counter seating where Mr. K enjoyed a Negroni Derby ($13) roku Japanese gin, cynar carpano antica, orange bitters.  It was lovely and aromatic, made with ingredients we’d never heard of, and accented by a beautiful square ice cube and fragrant rosette made of lemon peel. I just had a glass of bubbly.

The menu offers a variety of small and large plates that encourage sharing.  From the bar/table snacks menu, you have to order the chopped clams and viet herbs, peanuts, thai chile, lime sesame rice crackers ($9).  It is a substantial snack, full of fresh vibrant herbs and greens, crunchy peanuts tossed with a bright savory dressing that sings from a squeeze of fresh lime.

The dish is lined with deliciously crisp rice chips that provide the perfect base to pile on the heavenly mixture.  So lip smacking good!

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Allie Daddy’s BBQ in San Leandro

by foodhoe on March 10, 2019

15832 Farnsworth Street, San Leandro | 510-878-2228 | Tues-Sun 5pm to midnight.

I recently went with a bunch of food friends to check out Allie Daddy’s BBQ, which is in an obscure little strip mall in San Leandro, buried deep in the suburban labyrinth.  It’s in the Manor Plaza, in an area that seems stuck in time, the restaurants are old school and uninspired and it’s so exciting to find something different like this.   The interior is bright and modern and full of vibrant propaganda-esque murals and artwork where you can enjoy asian bbq, the kind that specializes in skewers, not slabs of ribs, which is a type of street food that has become popular in the Bay Area.

Allie Daddy’s Fried Noodles ($11.99) were full of vegetables and sliced spam that had been vigorously stir fried and had a lovely smoky flavor.

The enoki mushroom ($1.75) was grilled in a small aluminum bin cooked with garlic and green onion down to a juicy stew, then sprinkled with cumin and paprika.

The steamed dumplings ($6.99) were big and meaty and gone in a minute.

We enjoyed a variety of skewers, here is chicken ($2.00), beef ($2.25), lamb ribs ($5.99).  All were dusted with cumin, salt and pepper and sesame seeds.

The octopus ($4.99) had a wonderful char on the tentacles that was so very tasty.

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A Kushiyaki Feast

January 6, 2019

I have always loved Yakitori, bite sized pieces of chicken grilled on skewers that can be found on the menu of most Japanese restaurants.  Kushiyaki is the generic word for all things skewered and grilled, including meats, vegetables, seafood and so much more…  We recently made a New Years feast of Kushiyaki and grilled everything we […]

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Benchmark Pizza in Oakland

December 5, 2018

499 9th Street, Oakland, CA | 510-488-6677 | website | reservations online Hey is anyone out there still reading blogs? I am much more active on Instagram @foodhoe, so I hope you follow me there.  Anyways, sometimes a place is so good that it needs a big page dedicated just to them, and that’s why we still […]

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Arca, dining in the jungle of Tulum

September 28, 2018

  I’m still thinking about my Mexican adventure last Spring which is beginning to feel like a distant memory… But, if you find yourself in Tulum, you must make time to explore the Si’an Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, which is an amazingly beautiful UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site that is located on the east coast of the Yucatán peninsula.  It is […]

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Dinner at Cetli Restaurant in Tulum

July 1, 2018

Well hello there!  It has been a long time since my last post, but I’m still here and want to share with you some amazing food I’ve enjoyed recently. Last spring, we went on an adventure, traveling to the far northeastern end of the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico to Quintana Roo.  We visited Tulum with […]

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Sideways Southern cuisine at PLāYT in Hayward

April 23, 2018

1036 B St, Hayward, CA 94541 | 510 -888-1092 | website I was very excited when I heard that the owners of Picán in Oakland opened up PLāYT restaurant in downtown Hayward, which is just one stop down the freeway from where I live!  Yay!  We love it when new restaurants open up in the area, […]

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