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Emeryville: Wally's Cafe and The Bank Club - a roadhouse with Lebanese Mexican food and draft Trumer Pilsner

rworange | May 30, 200810:13 PM     30

Yeah … uh … where to start?

First, thanks to the poster ‘mission’ for the tip in this thread …

Strange, weird or hidden places to eat in the Eastbay?
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/39702...

Second, third, etc
- Cash only
- Huge portions
- There’s a secret menu
- $3 mugs of Trumer Pils
- Open till midnight on Friday and Saturday
- The owners are really as nice as everyone says

THE FOOD

What I had
- Lebanese lentil rice soup
- Pomegranate chicken with rice, skordalia (garlic dip) and Mediterranean salad
- A taste of Lebanese baklava
- Mexico City-style tamale

The portions are huge. The large bowl of soup comes with entrees. It is tasty, savory, salty and a nice match for a mug of $3 Trumer Pils or Amber Rock.

The grilled pieces of chicken with a sour tang from marinating in pomegranate juice and Lebanese spices is delicious when spread with the home-made creamy extreme-garlic dip.

The chopped romaine, tomato and cucumber is nicely dressed and topped with pieces of feta.

A new batch of baklava was being made so all that was available was a complementary thin slice … very good, light and flakey … not he overly sweet version I dislike. This page about Lebanese Cuisine says ...
http://www.sallys-place.com/food/cuis...

"The main difference between the Lebanese variety and its Greek cousin, is Lebanese baklava often contains pistachio nuts and is drizzled with a rose-water syrup, the Greek variety usually contains walnuts and honey."

The owner’s mom and grandmother are from Mexico City and make the tamales using a family recipe. The masa is a little lighter in texture, the stewed pork tender and flavorful, the peppers add a nice touch of heat and I swear there is a hint of some sort of fennel in there … but maybe not … but maybe.

This could be a deal … $3 draft with $1 tamale (I think)

Since this is long as usual, more details about Wally’s and the Bank Club in the first reply

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Wally's Cafe
3900 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608

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