A Review of Townie Bar in Berkeley

On September 7, 2014 By

The story: A new neighborhood bar and restaurant opens in the former Caffe Venezia space, with owners Nima Shokat and Maianna Voge, offering up seasonal California fare with drinks.

Why I went: My longtime food blogging friend Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging suggested we check out this new place that opened a couple of months [...]

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The Mill, a collaboration between Four Barrel Coffee and Josey Baker Bread, has been a hit since it opened more than a year ago in the emerging neighborhood of NOPA (or the edge of the Western Addition) in San Francisco.

It’s not just another cafe, although single-origin espresso is served and many laptops can [...]

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Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, which always seem ironic because it’s really the beginning of the warm weather stretches in the San Francisco Bay Area. Still, to help celebrate summer’s end with a bang, I thought I’d share my slideshow of photos I took over the last few weeks of summer’s star [...]

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The story: Opened near the new Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Monster Pho is a new generation of Vietnamese restaurants. The owner, Tee Tran, wanted to open a restaurant serving up traditional family dishes, but with a community feel to draw diners of all backgrounds.

Why I went: This is another new offering that’s within [...]

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A block in the Lower Haight will get a bit more French with the planned opening on Tuesday of the Choux bakery shop, specializing exclusively in le Choux ala creme, or French cream puffs.

The tiny shop is the baby of Laura Athuil, a native of Nice, France, who studied architecture but decided to pursue her [...]

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The story: Jen Biesty made a name for herself as the executive chef of Scala’s Bistro in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, and also as a contestant in season four of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.” She teamed up with her friend and former pastry chef at the Sir Francis Drake, Tim [...]

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The story: For years, the Fifth Floor at the Hotel Palomar in SOMA near Union Square served as the playground for many well-known chefs who created elegant dishes in the fine-dining atmosphere. But as a sign of the times, the restaurant shifted to a more casual focus and emphasized its bar program, and this year was revamped [...]

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The story: Chef Daniel Patterson, known for his fine-dining Coi in San Francisco, opened his first Oakland restaurant in Uptown and called it Plum, eventually spawning an adjacent Plum Bar. Over the years, though, the restaurant went through several lead chefs, and after yet another chef change earlier this summer, Patterson closed the restaurant for [...]

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