The restaurant business is booming in Oakland, which makes sense given the relatively cheaper rents than San Francisco and how many chefs in the business often can only find affordable living accommodations on this side of the bay.
But much of the activity seems to be concentrated in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, and few going west […]Read the full post →
Much is happening in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, and these days you have to be bigger and better.
That’s the route Farley’s East is going as it prepares to unveil its new expanded space at its Grand Avenue location, where it took over the space next door and doubled the size of its cafe. I was […]Read the full post →
So much activity is happening in Oakland’s Uptown district, it’s hard to keep up.
But the latest is something you can’t miss, especially since it’s prominently at the corner of 20th Street and Telegraph Avenue, across from the Sears building (aka future home of Uber). And that’s the new Tertulia Coffee and Sanchez Contemporary Gallery.
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Not too many people may have heard of Firebrand Artisan Breads, the Oakland-based bakery that has been making wood-fire baked breads for the last few years. Until now.
Firebrand, which has only done wholesale business to restaurants and select stores since it started, opened its first retail bakery and cafe last weekend. It’s a large and spacious […]Read the full post →
A couple of years ago, I noticed that a building around the corner of my Oakland apartment was up for lease. Formerly the home of a mattress outlet, I thought it would be a beautiful space for a restaurant with the building’s historic look and high ceilings.
Well, a restaurant didn’t move in, but probably […]Read the full post →
Brenda’s French Soul Food is notorious for its long waits for weekend brunch. But now those waiting can get a preview of what’s to come by walking a couple of stores down to the new Libby Jane Café.
Opened by Chef Brenda Buenviaje’s wife and partner, Libby Truesdell, the café almost reminds one of […]Read the full post →
Sometimes restaurants get into a neighborhood because it’s hot and the in place to be. And other times a restaurant goes into a neighborhood as a pioneer, hoping to lead the way to turn an area around.
V-105 café could be the latter, making the change in an area of San Francisco that’s the vortex […]Read the full post →
I never really had a reason to step into the Blue Bottle Café, the first grand coffee shop of the popular local artisan coffee maker, since I’m not a regular coffee drinker.
But when my niece was in town last week for her spring break and she said she wanted to check out the local […]Read the full post →
With some apprehension built up over more than 40 years, I brought the chocolate-colored coffee cup up to my lips and dove in – joining the 100 million Americans who grab a cup of Joe every day.
The first sip was like a jolt. The slightly bitter flavor of the coffee blending with the […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This restaurant closed in 2013 after less than a year.
Borgo Italia calls itself a bar and café, and at times it seems to be straddling the two identities, serving up an array of pastries behind a glass counter adjacent to a bustling bar scene at night.
The restaurant opened less than two months […]Read the full post →
Dottie’s True Blue Cafe is one of those San Francisco institution notorious for its long lines, for years forming from its tiny diner in the gritty Tenderloin area. Earlier this year, it moved to a larger space, yet still retained the line and gritty personality on Sixth Street just south of Market.
I’d never been […]Read the full post →
I must be slacking in keeping up with the cupcake shops around the Bay Area because I found out from SF Weekly’s Top 10 Cupcake list that there are a few places still new to me. One of these yet-to-be discovered spots actually topped the list, at least according to the weekly.
Let’s Cupcake […]Read the full post →
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