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 →
The story: The people behind the San Francisco wine bar Amelie tried to duplicate their success on this side of the bay with another wine bar in Oakland’s Grand Lake/Lakeshore neighborhood, opening in 2014 and serving up French-California dishes.
Why I went: We’re in the midst of Oakland Restaurant Week when local restaurants […]Read the full post →
I like the concept of beer gardens because there’s nothing better on a sunny day than to sit outside with a cold brew.
But sometimes you want to eat something to soak up the suds. And that’s what I’ve noticed about some beer gardens where the menu is nothing more than a few snacks (many deep fried, ugh).
[…]Read the full post →
The story: Calavera is the new, grand restaurant in the buzzing new Uptown development known as The Hive. The restaurant is like a love poem to the regional cuisine of Mexico brought to life by restaurateurs Chris Pastena (Lungomare), Jessica Sackler and Miguel Iglesias (both of Coqueta and Oyamel).
Why I went: One of the […]Read the full post →
I’ve been on a noodle discovery kick lately, and after experimenting with a different type of Vietnamese noodles, I ventured last week into Classic Guilin Rice Noodles.
That’s actually the name of the restaurant in Oakland Chinatown that sells exactly what’s in the name. Their specialty is the signature dish of the region, rice […]Read the full post →
I work close to Hawker Fare’s original Oakland location in Uptown (it now has a second location in San Francisco’s Mission District), so I’ve been there often for lunch since it opened more than four years ago.
As it’s evolved over the years, the restaurant has tinkered with its menu, especially at dinner. When I’d go […]Read the full post →
One thing I never could understand about the extremely popular Ramen Shop in Rockridge is why it never sold food in its large front bar. Instead, the space was often where crowds dwelled (granted with some well-balanced drinks in hand) while waiting for a table.
Now because of opportunity and the desire to reduce the wait […]Read the full post →
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- Going Big with Brunch at Clove and Hoof in Oakland
- A Bit of French Provencal in Berkeley at the New Les Arceaux Cafe and Wine Bar
- A Review of The Temple Club in Oakland
- A Review of Japanese Italian Dishes at Pesce e Riso in San Francisco
- A Review of Brunch at Villon in San Francisco
- A Review of Hinodeya Ramen Bar in San Francisco