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Another Good Restaurant Has Left Town

Alameda lacks quality restuarants

I had invited friends from Walnut Creek to drive over and try restaurant.  Imagine my surprise when we arrived and found it closed.

I felt disappointed, among other things, but this is not the first restaurant to close down that I liked.  And I wondered, as I have in the past, why can't really good restaurants stay in Alameda?

There were many things I liked about Zeytini's that are clearly lacking in most of the restaurants around Alameda. The food was sophisticated and superb, the prices were very reasonable, especially for the quality of the food.The staff were friendly and took good care of the customers.  It was a great place to go for a healthy meal and to enjoy meals with friends.

And what does Alameda have so much of?  Fast food and cheap, greasy little restaurants. With so much new space at Alameda Towne Center, it is a great opportunity to bring in some good restaurants, like Zeytini's was. I'd like to see Alameda grow in that direction. Until then, I will dine with friends somewhere else in the Bay Area.

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Tom Brody April 27, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Wow, I just realized that restaurants have an average lifetime that is the same as the average lifetime of a typical biotech company. But there are differences. A small biotech company needs $10million per year in in funding from investors or grant applications, to stay afloat, and the small biotech company has no chance of earning one penny until at least ten years later when FDA approves their drug. In contrast, restaurants earn their own keep, at least in part, from day #1.
Jennifer Loring April 27, 2012 at 11:25 PM
My favorite restaurant in town is Jim's. Not kidding. Hearty food, great staff, lively vibe. But the waffles at Blue Dot are amazing (that's all I've ever eaten there - I just keep ordering the waffles.) Every Friday night it's mojitos & chips at La Penca Azul, which we continue to call Pinata. Fancy dining is fine now & then, but I love going where I feel like I can relax. And Hector at Azul makes the best tequila mojitos. It's my way of helping the local economy.
Tom Brody April 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM
La Pinata is one of my Alameda favorites. For me, the best meal from La Pinata is Spanish omlette, especially on the patio out in back. The paintings, both inside and outside, are a riot. The lack of perspective in these paintings are always the topic of our discussion and curiosity. (I am glad that the paintings are the way they are!!!). I also call the place, "La Pinata." I cannot pronounce "penca." I cannot pronounce, "azul." And I certainly cannot pronounce, "penca azul." The name sounds like an obscure gland located somewhere in the pancreas. "My doctor told me that I need surgery on my penca azul. The problem is that I have a penca azul stone." "I am so sorry to hear that, but my uncle was born with only one penca azul. His doctor told him not to worry, because the penca azul is not essential for good health." "Whew, I still hope that your uncle is feeling well. The main problem with having the stone removed from my pena azul is not the surgery, the main problem is that my insurance plan does not cover operations on the penca azul." "Why is that, do you know?" "Yes, I called up my insurer, and the staff at my insurance carrier told me that they never heard of the penca azul, and for that reason, they will not insure procedures relating to it."
Jennifer Loring April 28, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Tom, you are hysterical. When my dad was away on business, he used to leave an outgoing message on his voicemail that he was vacationing on the Islets of Langerhans, which would send most people looking for a map. I think you and he would get along very well. Meanwhile, my penca azul seems to be in perfect health, thanks to all the tequila.
Tom Brody April 28, 2012 at 01:15 PM
My comments get even worse, Jennifer, as you can see in perusing the string of comments in, "Alameda 'Curb Appeal' Episode to Air Saturday." Glad to read that the tequila is working! Actually, I've had a round of tequila at La Pinata, when visitors from remote parts of the world drop by to visit us in Alameda.

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