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 →
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 →
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 →
I’m really falling behind on checking out new places around my neighborhood, so I’m going to dedicate the next few posts to what’s new in or around Rockridge in Oakland.
One of the long-awaited newcomers to Rockridge is the popular Smitten Ice Cream, which opened in a former bread shop three months ago across from Zachary’s […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This restaurant closed in January 2015.
For a restaurant that took months to come together because of delays, you’d think the new Box and Bells would have a clear, focused format.
But from the beginning, I couldn’t figure out what Box and Bells is supposed to be. The restaurant in the former Somerset location […]Read the full post →
Shelley Lindgren and Victoria Libin brought their upscale Italian concept A16 to Rockridge last month, infusing a bit of urban charm to the southside of College Avenue.
With a successful original restaurant in SanFrancisco’s Marina district and a Tokyo outlet, Lindgren and Libin’s Oakland outpost has a contemporary and refreshed decor, almost gutting out the […]Read the full post →
The popular neighborhood Italian restaurant A16 has long established itself in San Francisco’s Marina District, and now its owners are setting their sights on Oakland – right smack in my Rockridge neighborhood.
I’m excited at the idea of this reputable restaurant – which launched the careers of chefs like Nate Appleman – being so […]Read the full post →
The packed front bar nearly every night at the new Ramen Shop shows just how hungry the East Bay is for a good bowl of soup noodles on this side of the bay.
It helps that the owners are among the growing Chez Panisse alumni striking out on their own and apparently the whole world […]Read the full post →
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- 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
- First Look at Copper Spoon in Oakland