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).
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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 →
When tasting the flavors of Southeast Asia, it’s pretty easy to find Thai or Vietnamese cuisine in California. But when hunting for the food of places like Laos, Cambodia or Myanmar (formerly Burma), one has to find the pockets around the Bay for a chance at authentic cuisine.
One pocket in Oakland nestled between the […]Read the full post →
The story: B-Dama, a Japanese izakaya (like a gastropub), originally opened on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, not too far from the owners’ longtime popular neighborhood hole-in-the-wall Geta Restaurant. But after maybe two years, owners Chikara Ono and Kosuke Muranaka closed the restaurant and decided to give the B-Dama concept a second chance as a counter-only food […]Read the full post →
The story: Pucquio is a Peruvian restaurant that was one of the original pop-up restaurants that circled in and out of the Guest Chef space on College Avenue in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. When the Guest Chef concept ran its course, Pucquio became a permanent fixture, serving up what they call on its website as contemporary […]Read the full post →
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