Opened in 1997, Farallon made a big splash as a high-end seafood restaurant with the décor by renowned restaurateur Pat Kuleto and sophisticated seafood dishes by Chef Mark Franz.

I recall visiting years ago for a celebration dinner – because the price point made it one of those special occasion dining destinations – and marveled […]

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It’s always a revelation to me when I eat freshly made pasta. While I typically use dried pasta when cooking at home, there’s something about biting into freshly made pasta that’s almost dreamlike, especially when done well.

That was the case as I sat at the counter of Belotti Ristorante e Bottega digging into my […]

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The story: Marzano was a popular neighborhood pizza place in Oakland’s Glenview district that closed in 2014 (a version of Marzano also opened in Rockridge, but that also closed). The Glenview location was replaced briefly by a British pub called The Growlers’ Arms, but when that closed last fall, the Marzano owners – who still […]

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Just in time for this weekend’s warm weather in the Bay Area, Cookiebar Creamery opened its second location on 8th Street on the edge of Old Oakland.

Cookiebar is a nostalgic ice cream parlor that originally opened in Alameda’s West End by Alameda natives Robert Feng and John Ngu. This second location, which opened last […]

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The story: Restaurateur Jonathan Moon (Blackwater Station) closed his Temescal izakaya Kushido to re-imagine the space as an Asian fusion concept, but scrapped those plans and went back to the izakaya format with his newly opened Hina Yakitori, which focuses on grilled chicken parts.

Why I went: I was working on a piece […]

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I feel like Chef Brandon Jew grew up going to the same Chinese banquets I went to as a child.

When my family went to dinner at a Chinese restaurant, specifically those serving up Cantonese cuisine, the menu typically had prix fixe banquet menus offering different number of courses at varying prices for a complete […]

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The story: Husband-and-wife Daiki and Sanae Saito opened Kiraku more than four years ago, bringing the izakaya (or Japanese gastropub) experience to Berkeley. The location was attractive because of the cheap rent, but the food they deliver offers a refined touch to the traditional izakaya.

Why I went: I was doing some research on izakaya in […]

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Pho King is one of those hole-in-the-wall joints that are no frills with homestyle dishes. It’s the kind of place you want to make your neighborhood eatery but so many people talk about it it’s become one of those worst kept secrets in town.

This tiny Vietnamese noodle shop is at the start of International Boulevard in Oakland […]

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I don’t think there’s a better dish to celebrate the pure chicken-ness of a good chicken than Hainanese chicken rice.

If you’re not familiar with this dish, it’s extremely popular in Southeast Asia. In fact, even though it was created in Hainan — an island province in Southern China — it was adopted by other nearby Asian […]

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Stateside Bakery in Berkeley lets you relive your childhood, giving you permission to indulge in sugary treats that look like favorite snacks like Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes, or Oreo cookies. But these nostalgic treats (at least for people from my generation) are made with quality, natural ingredients and no preservatives.

I finally got to try these […]

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