When you live in a world where everyone loves bacon, you can’t go wrong opening a sandwich spot that’s a temple to bacon, right?
That’s the apparent formula for the new Gastropig in Oakland, which since opening this month has been packed during lunch serving up it’s signature sandwich—the bacon slut—to nearby office workers in […]Read the full post →
When Firebrand Artisan Breads opened last fall in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, it attracted the weekday lunch crowd from nearby offices with a partnership with Pal’s Takeaway who sold creative sandwiches from a window embedded in the modern bakery.
But earlier this summer, Firebrand and Pal’s Takeaway parted ways and Firebrand co-owners Matt Kreutz and Colleen Orland […]Read the full post →
Everyone kept telling me to check out Tartine Manufactory, the new culinary destination from the people behind the widely popular Tartine Bakery. So this weekend, in between the rain storms, I visited the space in the Mission area bordering Potrero Hill.
The warehouse-like space isn’t a bakery, or even a cafe. But it’s what co-founders […]Read the full post →
The story: Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop is a longtime cheese store across the street from a corner strip mall in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, but along with the cheese and specialty food items people come for Chef-Owner Jena Davidson’s creatively-named sandwiches and world-famous mac n’ cheese.
Why I went: I didn’t know about this place until […]Read the full post →
The story: The Broadway corridor between Rockridge and Temescal in Oakland is undergoing a food transformation, with the arrival of a Blue Bottle Cafe, freshly opened Trueburger and adjacent Cafe Underwood. But one of the more prominent arrivals is Clove and Hoof, a butchery and casual restaurant at the corner of Broadway and 40th […]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 →
UPDATE: This restaurant announced it will close on Aug. 1, 2016 because of increasing prices for its products.
I can no longer complain about the lunch options around my office in Oakland’s Uptown area – not after the opening of Stag’s Lunchette.
This gourmet sandwich shop/café, in the former home of Uncle Dougie’s (also a […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: Chef Nick Balla announced he will be leaving the restaurant to start his own venture, and Bar Tartine will end on Dec. 31, 2016. Tartine Bakery owners will replace it with a yet-to-be-determined concept.
It’s a natural progression that a restaurant with roots to one of San Francisco’s more popular bakeries would open a […]Read the full post →
Rosa Porto has a story picture-made for Hollywood. A matriarch who loves to make Cuban delights for her family, she immigrated with said family to Southern California in the late 1960s and opened a bakery in Echo Park.
Her success in feeding those in La-La land with her Cuban-influenced baked goods grows […]Read the full post →
When your sandwiches cause long lines and neighborhood protests, you know you’re on to something.
Ike’s Place in San Francisco became a cult favorite, thus the lines, but supposedly the aroma of meats and other sandwich stuffs from the tiny kitchen bothered neighbors in the Castro area. But after months of news coverage and negotiations […]Read the full post →
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