Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.
1) As noted last week, Lungomare (1 Broadway) — the new Italian restaurant from Chris Pastena (Chop Bar) and Temoor Noor (Grand Tavern) — opens for dinner on Thursday, February 7, in Jack London Square, in the space that until recently was occupied by Miss Pearl’s. In the meantime, Grub Street has some photos of the interior, and you can check out chef Craig DiFonzo’s dinner menu here. I’m intrigued by the interesting selection of fresh pastas, the Ligurian fish stew (pictured below), and the market-priced whole-fish option.
Last Friday night was the second week for the street-food extravaganza Off the Grid’s first foray into Oakland, at the Oakland Museum of California. Given how long food-truck aficionados have been waiting for an event of this magnitude to hit downtown Oakland on a regular basis, these first two weeks have come and gone with relatively little pomp and circumstance — but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been a success.
I had a chance to swing by this past Friday. A few quick takeaways:
Even in the fruit-and-vegetable-lovers’ paradise that is the Bay Area, January and February are a relatively unexciting time at the local farmers’ markets — unless you really love apples and citrus fruits. But as much as I look forward to the arrival of artichokes and fresh peas (to say nothing of peak-season tomatoes) on the menus of seasonality-minded Bay Area restaurants, there’s one winter vegetable I never tire of seeing: the humble winter green.
Thankfully, during the past few weeks I discovered several stellar restaurant versions, all in Oakland.