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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Ozumo, Curry Corner, and Taste of Africa Close

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 1:56 PM

The "Championship Roll." - OZUMO OAKLAND (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • Ozumo Oakland (via Facebook)
  • The "Championship Roll."

1) Big news in Uptown Oakland: Ozumo Oakland (2251 Broadway), perhaps the city’s quintessential power lunch spot, closed last week after eight years of business, Inside Scoop reports. Along with neighboring Pican, the ritzy sushi restaurant was one of the first ambitious upscale dining establishments to set up shop in Uptown — a precursor to the neighborhood’s current restaurant boom. Ozumo’s San Francisco location remains open. No word yet on who will take over the gigantic (8,000-square-foot) Uptown space.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Super Duper Is Coming to the East Bay; Berkeley Social Club and Fort Green Arrive

by Luke Tsai
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Coming to Berkeley. - SUPER DUPER BURGERS
  • Super Duper Burgers
  • Coming to Berkeley.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Smart Alec’s Intelligent Food (2355 Telegraph Ave.), a Cal campus institution for twenty years and a forerunner to today’s ubiquitous healthy-fast-food restaurant genre, has closed due to a rent increase, the Daily Cal reports. But, as Berkeleyside Nosh reports, students didn’t have to wait long to find out about what some might consider to be a more exciting replacement: the first East Bay location of Super Duper Burgers, a well-regarded San Francisco-based burger chain.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cosecha Is (Hopefully) Coming to the Oakland's Dimond District

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 11:19 AM

A drawing shows what Cosecha's proposed firehouse location might look like. - COSECHA
  • Cosecha
  • A drawing shows what Cosecha's proposed firehouse location might look like.

For several years, residents of Oakland’s Dimond District have been asking the city to turn the neighborhood’s abandoned firehouse into a restaurant. Now, it appears that the old Dimond Firehouse (3455 Champion St.) will be home to a second location for one of the city’s most prominent Mexican eateries.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Grand Fare, Claremont Diner, and Pathos Close

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Closed for good. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE
  • Bert Johnson/File
  • Closed for good.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Grand Fare (3265 Grand Ave., Oakland) has closed suddenly just three months after reopening, Eater reports. Sound like deja vu? That’s because the same thing happened to the first incarnation of the food hall/restaurant/prepared foods market hybrid, except the first time around, it went dark after just six weeks — a few days before my review was scheduled to drop, it turned out. This time the closure will be permanent.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Aztecali Shutters, But Will Remain a Mexican Restaurant

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Tacos at Aztecali. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE
  • Bert Johnson/File
  • Tacos at Aztecali.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Let’s start with the bad news: Aztecali (303A Oakland Ave., Oakland), probably the most promising new taqueria to open in Oakland this year, has closed for business suddenly. Co-owner Claudia Mercado told What the Fork that she and her partner, Juana Ojeda (who is the chef), made the difficult decision to close because of a family emergency in Mexico. Thankfully, everyone is okay, but the frequent trips to Mexico made it infeasible for them to hold onto their sublease.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Oakland Restaurants Once Again Snubbed By Michelin Inspectors

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 3:19 PM

Crusted king trumpet mushrooms at Millennium — one of only three Oakland restaurants Michelin deemed worthy of Bib Gourmand honors. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE
  • Bert Johnson/File
  • Crusted king trumpet mushrooms at Millennium — one of only three Oakland restaurants Michelin deemed worthy of Bib Gourmand honors.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Earlier this week, Michelin released its 2017 list of Bay Area “Bib Gourmand” winners — a designation reserved for restaurants that fall short of receiving any actual stars, but that Michelin’s anonymous inspectors recommend for “excellent food at a reasonable price.” This year’s honorees include eleven East Bay restaurants, with the brick-and-mortar location of Tacos Sinaloa (2384 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley) joining the list for the first time, and Gather (2200 Oxford St., Berkeley) dropping out from last year’s list.

The other 2017 East Bay Bib Gourmand picks are China Village (Albany), Comal (Berkeley), Corso (Berkeley), FIVE (Berkeley), Great China (Berkeley), Ippuku (Berkeley), Michel Bistro (Oakland), Millennium (Oakland), Thai House (Danville), and Wood Tavern (Oakland).

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nellie's Soulfood Plots a Triumphant Return to West Oakland

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Fried catfish, yams, and greens. - NELLIE'S SOULFOOD (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • Nellie's Soulfood (via Facebook)
  • Fried catfish, yams, and greens.

The past year has seen a slew of iconic, decades-old Oakland restaurants close their doors — Genova Delicatessen, Dorsey’s Locker, and Art’s Crab Shack, to name just a few. And whether they’ve shuttered because of rents or because the owner was ready to retire, one thing is clear: Once an old-school place like that closes, it’s almost always gone forever.

See also:
In Praise of Old Restaurants

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Juhu Beach Club Chef Brings ‘Indian Neapolitan-Style Pizza’ and Rotisserie Chicken to Emeryville

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 1:29 PM

Preeti Mistry making one of her "Indian Neapolitan" pizzas. Coming soon to Emeryville. - PREETI MISTRY
  • Preeti Mistry
  • Preeti Mistry making one of her "Indian Neapolitan" pizzas. Coming soon to Emeryville.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) If you are a fan of Juhu Beach Club and have perhaps hoped that the stylish Indian restaurant would stay open all day, or that chef Preeti Mistry would try her hand at making pizza or breakfast pastries — well, I have good news for you: Earlier this week, Mistry announced that she and wife/business partner Ann Nadeau are opening a new all-day cafe-restaurant called Navi Kitchen in Emeryville’s Triangle neighborhood, at the former Basic Cafe spot (5000 Adeline St.). The basic concept will be American cafe-style foods reimagined with Indian flavors: rotisserie chicken with a burnt masala brine, pizza with toppings like chaat masala frying peppers, and tikka masala mac and cheese — plus an assortment of housemade biscuits, quick breads, and other baked goods.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Airport Food, Food-Court Poke, and an Essential Dungeness Crab Update

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Hopefully, crab fishermen (and crab eaters) won't have to wait long for the Dungeness season to start. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE
  • Bert Johnson/File
  • Hopefully, crab fishermen (and crab eaters) won't have to wait long for the Dungeness season to start.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) After a toxic algae bloom wreaked havoc on last year’s Dungeness crab season here in Northern California, Bay Area crab fishermen and crab eaters are keeping close tabs on the domoic acid levels in waters off the coast of California ahead of the traditional November 15 kickoff to the commercial crab season. So far so good, the Chronicle reports: While some domoic acid has been detected up and down the coast, state health department officials say the levels are normal for this time of year. Fingers crossed that that bodes well for those of us hoping to have Dungeness crab for Thanksgiving this year.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Shiba Ramen Is Coming to Downtown Oakland

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Spicy tantanmen-style ramen at Shiba Ramen. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE
  • Bert Johnson/File
  • Spicy tantanmen-style ramen at Shiba Ramen.

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) This week in vital noodle-related news: Shiba Ramen, the popular food court kiosk in Emeryville’s Public Market, has just announced that it will open a second location at 1438 Broadway in Downtown Oakland — the former Bittersweet Cafe spot.

See also:
Food Court Noodles

Ex-Chemists Aim to Bring Authentic, Fuss-Free Ramen to Emeryville


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