Locol is the high-profile fast-food restaurant concept by Oakland resident, chef-restaurateur Daniel Patterson and LA food truck star chef Roy Choi.
The pair’s Northern California outlet of Locol has been highly anticipated after they floated the idea of opening affordable and “healthful” fast-food eateries in under-served communities. Their first Locol opened in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood (and […]Read the full post →
The story: Chef Ryan Farr walked away from the daily grind of the restaurant world a few years ago to spend time with his family, and since then has built a meat empire called 4505 Meats that spawned a butchery, farmers market stands, and cult following for chicharrones. Last year he opened a casual […]Read the full post →
The story: Former Bar Tartine chef, Chris Kronner, devoted his last years to perfecting the burger through a year-long late night pop-up inside Bruno’s in San Francisco’s Mission District. For his permanent spot, he went across the bay (like many restauranteurs) to Oakland, moving into an old diner space in the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood. After months […]Read the full post →
The story: Former line cooks Greg Eng and Jason Low opened their own burger joint in 2010 called TrueBurger, focused on simple beef patties made from pasture-raised, hormone-free beef. Their Grand Avenue restaurant became popular with the lunch crowd, and earlier this year they opened a larger, second location on Broadway.
Why I went: The […]Read the full post →
The story: Owners Alice Woo and Alan Chun worked at fusion-focused restaurants like Nobu and Asia de Cuba. But when they moved to Oakland, they couldn’t find restaurants serving similar fare so they decided to open their own, a tiny fast-casual corner spot on San Pablo Avenue on the same block as the popular Hopscotch.
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You can’t go wrong with burgers and beer in a college town, even a sophisticated foodie one like Berkeley.
So it makes sense that the chain Eureka opened up its first Northern California location in downtown just a few blocks from the University of California at Berkeley. (BTW, they put an exclamation point at the […]Read the full post →
The Mission Bowling Club is probably one of the most unusual places to grab some food in the Bay Area.
Building on the retro trend of upscale bowling alleys, Mission Bowling in the city’s Mission District is an intimate spot with six bowling lanes and a food program headed by Chef Chris Kiyuna. (When the […]Read the full post →
Once a popular Hawaiian restaurant (and reportedly a brothel and speakeasy way back when), the space at the corner of Masonic and Geary Boulevard is now home to the Corner Store.
Owners Miles Palliser and Ezra Berman envisioned the 7-month-old restaurant as a gathering place for the neighborhood. So it was an appropriate setting for […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This spot closed in August 2014.
I never grew up visiting drive-ins, not that they didn’t exist in my neighborhood. It just wasn’t my family’s thing.
But I’ve watched enough “Happy Days” and “Laverne and Shirley” episodes to yearn for the friendly gathering place of a drive-in, where teen-agers and families nosh on greasy […]Read the full post →
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