Although I’ll go far and wide to try a new restaurant, I’m always excited when I hear about something opening close to my Oakland home. It’s the idea of finding a regular hangout that I always find appealing (that’s probably from my growing up watching “Cheers”).
So I was excited to check out the new Duchess […]Read the full post →
It’s that time of year when it’s traditionally slow at restaurants, coming off the holidays when people are recovering from bills. In recent years I’d say that didn’t seem to be a problem in the San Francisco Bay Area, where people seem to love going out to eat.
But we’re coming off several days of […]Read the full post →
One of my favorite new spots for a casual meal these days is Baby Cafe in Oakland’s Chinatown.
The cafe, aptly named since the space is tiny, serves up westernized Chinese cuisine reflective of Hong Kong’s cha cha teng, which are like diners serving up a mix of traditional Chinese noodle soups and hybrids of Chinese-Western dishes […]Read the full post →
I will go far and wide to try new restaurants, but sometimes it’s nice when you can just walk down the street.
In the nearby Temescal neighborhood in Oakland, Blackwater Station has been serving up American bistro fare for the past year. But only recently did I make it in to check out the spot […]Read the full post →
Omakase, the Japanese approach to dining at sushi restaurants where the selection is left up to the chef, seems to be all the rage these days when it comes to sushi dinners. Japanese restaurants like Ju-Ni and, of course, Omakase, are popping up serving omakase-only menus.
The latest is a quaint, […]Read the full post →
The story: It’s funny how many of the Burmese restaurants in the Bay Area have some direct or indirect ties to the popular Burma Superstar in San Francisco. Teni East Kitchen is no different. This new spot in Oakland was opened by Tiyo Shibabaw, who previously managed Burma Superstar’s Alameda and Temescal locations. […]Read the full post →
The story: Chef Kyle Itani brought his Japanese twist to food at the Oakland restaurant Hopscotch, where he would explore his love for ramen with ramen nights. Last year he decided to make the ramen offerings a full-time thing with a new ramen eatery nearby, and after months of construction delays and anticipation (including several popular […]Read the full post →
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: Blind Tiger is the bar and small plates restaurant from Edward Yoo and his partners. Yoo also owns the popular Korean barbecue restaurant Gogi Time in Oakland’s KoNo (or Koreatown/Northgate) neighborhood. In fact, Blind Tiger is located right underneath Gogi Time on Telegraph Avenue, serving up a Pan-Asian menu and cocktails.
Why I […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: After nearly 10 years, Ozumo closed in November 2016.
If you just look at my recent posts, you’ll know I’ve been obsessing about ramen lately. So when I was invited to check out Ozumo’s new Ramen Wednesdays, I jumped at the chance.
Ozumo is the large Japanese restaurant in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, with a […]Read the full post →
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