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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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Former Employee Who is Suing Burma Superstar: 'It Was Complete Madness'

by Winston Cho
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 10:41 AM

The Bay Area's best-known purveyor of Burmese tea leaf salad faces a major lawsuit. - CHRIS DUFFEY/FILE
  • Chris Duffey/File
  • The Bay Area's best-known purveyor of Burmese tea leaf salad faces a major lawsuit.

Former employees of Burma Superstar are speaking out about the labor lawsuit filed last week against the popular Bay Area restaurant chain.

William Navarette — who worked as a dishwasher, kitchen helper and cook at Burma Superstar — is a plaintiff in the suit. He told the Express that Burma Superstar owners owe him and more than one-hundred other employees back wages.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

In East Oakland, a Popular Banh Mi Shop and Taqueria Closes

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Saigon Deli Sandwich & Taco Valparaiso co-owner Tony Torres. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE
  • Bert Johnson/File
  • Saigon Deli Sandwich & Taco Valparaiso co-owner Tony Torres.

For the past five years, Saigon Deli Sandwich & Taco Valparaiso (1400 14th Ave., Oakland) has been one of those quintessential “Only in Oakland” businesses — a taqueria located inside a banh mi shop, marking the happy marriage between two of The Town’s most beloved cuisines. It was the only place in the Bay Area I knew of where you could order an al pastor banh mi or shrimp a la diabla served with the accoutrements of a Vietnamese rice plate.

See also:
Saigon Deli Sandwich & Taco Valparaiso Offers a Lesson in Cross-Cultural Communication Via Banh Mi

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: The Dock Reboots, Herbivore Closes, and The Duchess Comes to Rockridge

by Luke Tsai
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 10:26 AM

The patio at The Dock. - THE DOCK VIA FACEBOOK
  • The Dock via Facebook
  • The patio at The Dock.
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Big changes are in store for James Syhabout’s The Dock (95 Linden St., Oakland), which closed this past weekend to gear up for a major reboot, the Chronicle reports. Of particular note: Syhabout and longtime business partner Adam Lamoreaux will take over the space next door currently occupied by Linden Street Brewery. They plan to reconfigure the entire building into a restaurant/brewery/taproom combo, with Lamoreaux taking on the role of head brewer. (You may recall that Lamoreaux co-founded Linden Street Brewery and was its original head brewer; the company’s board members removed him from that position in 2014.)

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: A Hotel Restaurant Reinvents Itself, a Sandwich Pop-Up Re-emerges, and a Fish Market Shutters

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 1:46 PM

FAIRMONT HOTELS
  • Fairmont Hotels

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news. Regular What  the Fork readers may have noticed my absence from these interwebs for the past couple of weeks, but now that I’m back, let’s get caught up.

1) Berkeleyside Nosh got the first word on the new restaurant that will take over for Antoinette — the short-lived, spectacular failure that it was — at Oakland’s Claremont Club & Spa: Limewood Bar & Restaurant will be a little bit less expensive and more down to earth, according to the general manager, and it appears that chef Joseph Humphrey (most recently of The Advocate) will ditch Antoinette’s French brasserie theme — despite the hotel’s previous statements to the contrary — for more of a straightforward California cuisine approach.

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