Cancakes, Sweetfingers, and Other Local Food Commercials We Love

Local television isn't as booming as it was years ago. One of the greatest casualties, Dr. Jang excepted, is the proliferation of awesome and awesomely strange commercials for Bay Area businesses. We thought we'd take a moment to honor a few past and present food commercials we love:

5. East Oakland's Aqua Fresh Sea Food (now under new ownership, called Aqua Fresh Sea Foods) made this 1989 commercial for Soul Beat, which was the first music video network in the country when it launched in 1978. We've never seen someone enjoy seafood ― or, um, "sea food" ― quite this much, especially when accidentally eating a shrimp tail. Also, why does he need to mention the bread when describing every (mammoth) combo meal?

4. It's "hot off the grill, from Fremont to Vacaville" at the Bay Area burger chain Nations. This just makes us want to write silly theme songs for our favorite restaurants.

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