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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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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: T-Rex Changes Owners, Nizza La Bella and Belli Osteria Close, and Gio’s to Replace Giovanni

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 5:28 PM

The Berkeley barbecue spot is in flux once again. - T-REX
  • T-Rex
  • The Berkeley barbecue spot is in flux once again.

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

1) When it comes to East Bay barbecue restaurants, it almost feels redundant at this point to say that another one has bitten the dust. So it is with some trepidation that I share the news — via Berkeleyside Nosh — that T-Rex (1300 10th St., Berkeley) has been purchased by the Monteros group, which owns several Mexican restaurants in the area, including La Crema and Taqueria Talavera. No word yet, though, on whether T-Rex will continue to be mainly a barbecue restaurant, though it appears the name of the business won’t change.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: LocoL Expands to West Oakland; Burma Bear and Agave Open Uptown

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 1:25 PM

LocoL's West Oakland digs. - INSTAGRAM @RIDINGSHOTGUNLA
  • Instagram @ridingshotgunla
  • LocoL's West Oakland digs.

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

1) LocoL (2214 Broadway), the “revolutionary fast food” restaurant whose Uptown Oakland location is the subject of this week’s dining review, made another big announcement on Instagram: It looks like chef-owners Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson will be opening a small coffee shop in West Oakland, at the corner of Market and 35th streets — the old Tomm's Bar-B-Q spot, I believe. Details are scarce at this point, but Choi’s Instagram post mentions savory pastries.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:04 AM

The counter at Mama's Royal (via Facebook).
  • The counter at Mama's Royal (via Facebook).

Attention prospective East Bay restaurant owners: It’s not every day that you have a chance to buy not just a popular dining establishment, but also a piece of Oakland history. That’s the “once-in-a-generation” opportunity that George Marino, the longtime owner of Mama’s Royal Cafe (4012 Broadway), has made available — to anyone who can afford the $395,000 asking price, that is.

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