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hand cut, beef tallow fries [Oakland]

moto | Apr 17, 201511:01 PM

Clove and Hoof, Broadway at 40th St., Oakland (edge of Temescal, across from Mama's Cafe). skin on, of course. some of the best fries we've had in a long time. everything we sampled was very good to excellent. top notch pulled pork, with the meat, not the smoke nor the dressing the highlight. for my spouse's wheat intolerance, the bun (listed as a potato bread) was on the side, perfectly toasted and an excellent complement, with the pork and fresh, tangy slaw heaped in a bowl, and a small, simple side salad of fresh greens. also had a salad with chicories, hazelnuts, sultanas, and a glass of mellow, tangy, sour cherry mead (there was old milwaukee for two bucks and two or three microbrews on draft for a bit more). all of the greens and slaw tasted very fresh. the fries came with a fresh pickle mayo, and the other available condiments included sea salt flakes, ketchup, mustard, and a very good roasted jalapeno salsa. the storefront was an old school drug store for a long time, and the space is pleasant in a low key, minimalist way with good light from its corner exposure. a good selection of meats in various cuts and whole, pastured chickens were displayed in the butcher's case for home cooking ; we picked out a pork steak with the tail attached, plus a tied sirloin roast from the same section of the pig.

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