Southern Brunch for Dinner

by foodhoe on August 29, 2016

4001 Broadway, Oakland, CA  | 510.547.1446 | website

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and when I saw that Clove and Hoof in Oakland was offering a special southern brunch for dinner earlier this month, I immediately went online and signed up.  I have been hearing really good things about this place (click here for a very enthusiastic review by Nerb) and couldn’t wait to finally check it out, and what better way than with my favorite meal!  Clove and Hoof is a neighborhood restaurant and whole animal butcher shop opened by John Blevins and Analiesa Gosnell, who carefully source their product from farms that don’t use antibiotics or hormones and practice responsible and humane methods of animal husbandry.  You can read more about them on their website here.  

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There is a retro airstream look and feel about the place that is both homey and comfortable.  l really like the fact that they only use local ranchers who use ethical practices – Jenner Family Beef provides the beef that is pasture raised, fed a corn-free vegetarian diet, and is humanely treated.  (Shhh, I have issues related to being at the top of the food chain…)

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19379 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino| 408.446.2222 | website

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I grew up in the Peninsula and always marvel when I visit the South Bay because it is has gone so upscale with the proliferation of tech companies that is parodied so well in the excellent show Silicon Valley.  We got a close up look at this when we visited Alexander’s Steakhouse last weekend to check out their new location in the swanky new Main Street Cupertino Center, which has many food and wine options, including my favorite Philz Coffee.

The sleek and modern 12,500-square-foot space seats 200 and includes five private dining rooms, one with a fireside lounge, another is located at the far end away from the hustle and bustle and geared for business meetings and there’s a large area that can be broken up into smaller more intimate rooms.  There’s exhibition kitchen with chef’s table, and an on-site Alexander’s Patisserie.

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There are 3 sommeliers on staff and the impressive glassed-in wine vault holds 7,000 bottles and is a focal point in all of the dining rooms.

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The bar offers an amazing assortment of high end  and rare whiskies that can be difficult to find, or are quite old (pretty much top shelf everything), and the bartenders take the craft of mixology very seriously.

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Alexander’s is a high-end modern steakhouse that specializes in dry aged beef and Wagyu from America and Australia as well as from Japan.  Their menu offers choices from both land and sea that are elegantly prepared with refined Japanese techniques and flavors.  All of the dining rooms are filled with bright natural light and the tall ceilings add a feeling of graceful spaciousness.  When you enter the restaurant, the first thing you see is a climate-controlled display with slabs of beef at various stages in the aging process, the menu features 28-day dry-aged steaks for unparalleled flavor.

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Next to the case is an exhibition area where you can see a butcher cutting up smaller slabs of meat, which end up as the display items in a case full of gorgeous well-marbled T-bones, bone in filet mignon, and porterhouse steaks.

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In the top case are the wondrously marbled slabs of Wagyu, ranging from F1 from Australia and the US, and then a selection of A5 which is the top grade Japanese beef from a variety of prefectures, sold in three ounce increments.  Below is the Miyazaki A5 wagyu, which is $120 for a 3 oz serving.  The highly marbled flesh is laced with fat in a snowflake-like pattern which makes each bite luxuriously rich and flavorful.  And for the record, Alexander’s is one of the eight restaurants in the US that are certified for selling Kobe beef.

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The excellent breakfast at Grand Lake Kitchen

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1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek | 925.448.8077 | website Last week my friend Christina who writes the delightful East Bay Dish, invited me to come along for a media preview of Slice House, which opened up earlier this month.  Occupying the ground floor, it joins Teleferic Barcelona and Rooftop Restaurant & Bar in the […]

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A Spring dinner at Lungomare

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1 Broadway, Oakland | 510.444.7171 | website Last month I tagged along with my friend Brenda (of the sassy Bites & Bourbon blog) who was invited to dine as a guest of the house at Lungomare in Oakland.  The restaurant is named after a magnificent seafront promenade in Naples, Italy which is famous for having some of the most panoramic views […]

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