Friday, March 25, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: All-You-Can-Eat Pizza in Berkeley; Death of a Donut Shop in Alameda

by Ellen Cushing
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Here we go. All the news that's fit to print put on the internet in East Bay food and drink this week:

Alameda institution Golden Pin Donuts is closing after a whopping 26-year run, according to Rin Kelly at the Merc. Owner Rahim Seyedein is apparently shuttering the business in order to spend more time with his family.

Berkeleyside and the Daily Clog report that the area around Cal campus has a new pizza place, Pepe's, which offers — wait for it — a $6.99 all-you-can-eat buffet. Yes, you read that right! All the pizza (plus salad, soup, and so much more) you can possibly stuff down your gullet for less than the price of like, a latte. We'll leave the munchies jokes up to you on this one.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: Ice Cream in North Berkeley, Mac n'Cheese in Emeryville, Sushi on Piedmont

by Ellen Cushing
Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM

This week: good news for fans of ice cream, sushi, coffee, and comfort food; bad news for Nation's customers.

1) After an unbelievably protracted permitting process, iScream finally opened last week near the top of Solano in North Berkeley. The Yelp reviews are, of course, already rolling in, and they're more or less positive: Yelper Eric L. says "This is just seriously great ice cream. I still can't believe how good it tastes," while Mollie M. even compares it favorably to SF legend Bi-Rite creamery.

2) Food-truck mecca Emeryville will soon be getting yet another purveyor of mobile deliciousness. According to one of the trucks' owner-chefs, Zak Silverman, Doc's will begin setting up on Hollis by the start of next week, and will serve what Silverman calls "classic American comfort food": cheeseburgers, pulled pork, mac n'cheese, and the like.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: Plum's Opening a Bar; Asian Street Food Coming to Uptown; the Triumphant Return of Jon's Street Eats

by Ellen Cushing
Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM

This week: Uptown's getting gourmet Asian food from the likes of Commis' James Syhabout; Plum's getting a bar; Boot and Shoe Service is getting bigger; Alice Medrich is getting honored; and much, much more.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: Cocktails, Cured meat, Cuban food

by Ellen Cushing
Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 1:53 PM

News, notes, and miscellany from this week in East Bay food and drink:

As we reported last week, Uptown is set to get a flurry of (well, three) new bars in the coming months. The first of those, Dogwood — a classy cocktail joint with an expansive menu of charcuterie-style snacks — officially opened this week, and the first assessments seem to be pretty positive: bloggeth Urban Daddy:

We think you’ll agree that more cocktail dens would do well to augment their bar with a designated meat counter. Especially one slicing up house-cured meats with a hand-cranked, Ferrari-red slicer. Until then, this spot should tide you over.
The Kitchen Sink stopped by at around 8 this Wednesday and the place was, indeed, fairly full. Blurry iPhone pics below!
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