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A Review of Plenty Cafe in Oakland

On February 15, 2017 By

The story: Plenty is a new cafe that opened last fall on the outskirts of Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood on San Pablo Avenue, nearby a few community centers. It’s by two Oakland residents who have worked or consulted for the nearby Hopscotch restaurant.

Why I went: I was excited about the possibility of a new lunch […]

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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 […]

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Walking into Sweet Belly in Oakland’s Uptown district, it takes awhile to get a sense of what this place is all about.

The name is a big giveaway — Sweet Belly is a dessert spot selling sweets. But while it’s in a former dive Chinese takeout spot and is decorated like a space for afternoon tea, […]

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So much activity is happening in Oakland’s Uptown district, it’s hard to keep up.

But the latest is something you can’t miss, especially since it’s prominently at the corner of 20th Street and Telegraph Avenue, across from the Sears building (aka future home of Uber). And that’s the new Tertulia Coffee and Sanchez Contemporary Gallery.

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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 […]

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The corner market may be getting a second chance if the recent opening of Howden Market is any indication.

From the people behind the next door Spice Monkey restaurant, the market opened on Wednesday at the corner of 17th and Webster Streets in Oakland’s booming Uptown neighborhood. The quaint, impeccably styled store offers a deli […]

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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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Not too many people may have heard of Firebrand Artisan Breads, the Oakland-based bakery that has been making wood-fire baked breads for the last few years. Until now.

Firebrand, which has only done wholesale business to restaurants and select stores since it started, opened its first retail bakery and cafe last weekend. It’s a large and spacious […]

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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 […]

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Squeaking in its opening day in the waning days of summer, Little Giant Ice Cream is now scooping up made-from-scratch ice cream in a shiny new space in Oakland’s hot Uptown neighborhood.

The new creamery is on the ground floor of a condo building across from the former Sears building, which was recently purchased by […]

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UPDATE: Soon after the redo, Patterson decided it still wasn’t working and closed Plum, using the space for an expanded PB Bar.

The story: Chef Daniel Patterson, known for his fine-dining Coi in San Francisco, opened his first Oakland restaurant in Uptown and called it Plum, eventually spawning an adjacent Plum Bar. Over the years, […]

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I’ve made it clear in the past that I’m not a big fan of Mexican cuisine because all the dishes seem to use the basic ingredients. But I do like a burrito now and then for a solid, no-fuss lunch.

So when people decide to play with the burrito concept, I get excited about some […]

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UPDATE: This restaurant closed in 2014.

The 3-month-old Marrow still has the feel of a temporary space, from the daily specials scribbled on brown butcher paper to the limited seating.

This tiny lunch spot is the brainchild of Jon Kosorek, the former chef of Fork in San Anselmo who spent some time dishing up street […]

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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 […]

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