Tuesday, January 3, 2017

AS B-Dama’s Chicken Paitan Ramen Is the Perfect Antidote to Winter

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 2:06 PM

The soup is made by boiling the bejeezus out of a large quantity of chicken bones and chicken feet. - AS B-DAMA (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • AS B-Dama (via Facebook)
  • The soup is made by boiling the bejeezus out of a large quantity of chicken bones and chicken feet.

These chilly winter nights beg for bowls of hot noodle soup, but there’s a certain sameness to the East Bay ramen scene — everyone doing their own take on the same handful of mostly pork-centric Japanese soup styles.

I was intrigued, then, to hear that AS B-Dama (907 Washington St., Oakland) is serving chicken paitan ramen, a style rarely seen in the East Bay, as a recurring weeknight special.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Nellie's Soulfood Will Reopen in JK's Brickhouse in West Oakland

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 12:12 PM

NELLIE'S SOULFOOD (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • Nellie's Soulfood (via Facebook)

Just in time for the holidays, a bit of happy news: As previously reported, Nellie Ozen, the proprietor of Nellie's Soulfood, has been working to reopen the 50-year-old West Oakland institution ever since it shuttered earlier this year. Now, Ozen has set Tuesday, December 27, as her tentative reopening date. She's leasing the kitchen at the sports bar JK's Brickhouse (360 Adeline St., Oakland), located just around the corner from the old Nellie's spot, and will operate the restaurant as a permanent pop-up, essentially.

See also:
After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Where to Buy a Cake for Your Upcoming Holiday Party

Three East Bay recommendations for my fellow procrastinators.

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 11:39 AM

The panettone at Sam's Patisserie. - SAM BUTARBUTAR
  • Sam Butarbutar
  • The panettone at Sam's Patisserie.

The year is coming to one helluva rocky end, so you can be excused if you’ve been too preoccupied to finalize the dessert plans for your upcoming holiday party. Never fear, fellow procrastinator: Here are three East Bay spots that should have you covered, even at this eleventh hour.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Where to buy Christmas Tamales in the East Bay

by Luke Tsai
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 12:29 PM

The jumbo-size tamales at Tamaleria Azteca. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE PHOTO
  • Bert Johnson/File photo
  • The jumbo-size tamales at Tamaleria Azteca.

Depending on your cultural background, staples for the winter holidays might include mulled cider, ugly sweaters, or Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant. And in many parts of Mexico, and elsewhere in Latin America, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a huge steamer full of tamales.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

Owner cites restaurant-industry labor shortage.

by Luke Tsai
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Friday, December 23 will be your last chance to snag a burger at Victory Burger. - CHRIS DUFFEY/FILE PHOTO
  • Chris Duffey/File photo
  • Friday, December 23 will be your last chance to snag a burger at Victory Burger.

After seven years anchoring what had become a bustling corner in North Oakland, both Actual Cafe (6334 San Pablo Ave.) and its adjacent sister-restaurant, Victory Burger, will have their final day of business on Friday, December 23.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Cafe Rouge and Grand Bakery Are Closing, and Starline Launches a Tea Parlour

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Cafe Rouge's meat market was an underrated gem. - CAFE ROUGE (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • Cafe Rouge (via Facebook)
  • Cafe Rouge's meat market was an underrated gem.

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

1) The East Bay is losing another legacy restaurant: Berkeley’s Cafe Rouge (1782 Fourth St.) — which just recently celebrated its 20th anniversary — announced that its last day of business will be December 30, Inside Scoop reports. The restaurant/butcher shop was an early pioneer in the hybrid model that places like Clove and Hoof have since adopted. Owner Marsha McBride attributed the decision to ongoing staffing shortages and said the new business that’s taking over the space — stay tuned for details — won’t be keeping the butcher shop component in place. I’ll miss their dry-aged steaks and their ground beef, which made for some mighty fine burgers.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Jack's Oyster Bar Shutters in Jack London Square

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 4:36 PM

The octopus at Jack's Oyster Bar. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE PHOTO
  • Bert Johnson/File photo
  • The octopus at Jack's Oyster Bar.

Jack’s Oyster Bar and Fish House
(336 Water St., Oakland), the seafood-centric sister restaurant and next-door neighbor to Bocanova, quietly closed two weeks ago after two years of business in Jack London Square.

See also:
The World Is Your Oyster


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Grocery Cafe Hopes to Reopen After Health Department Shutdown

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Grocery Cafe's vaunted tea leaf salad. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE PHOTO
  • Bert Johnson/File photo
  • Grocery Cafe's vaunted tea leaf salad.

You wouldn’t guess it based on outward appearances, but Grocery Cafe (2248 10th Ave.) is one of Oakland’s most singular restaurants, slinging the city’s best tea leaf salad and fried samusas out of its funky, unassuming storefront tucked inside an East Oakland residential neighborhood. In the nearly two years since it opened, the Burmese restaurant parlayed its budding local acclaim into some degree of national prominence — most notably, a shout-out in a Bon Appétit feature about Oakland.

See also:
This Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant Is Doing What No Other Restaurant in Oakland Is

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Kitchener Snack Bar Is Ready to Open in Uptown Oakland

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Proprietor Sophia Chang at the Kitchener Snack Bar window. - HAILEY ZHOU
  • Hailey Zhou
  • Proprietor Sophia Chang at the Kitchener Snack Bar window.

After a two-and-a-half-year delay, Uptown Oakland will finally get the snack bar it has been waiting for — a rather unorthodox takeout window that aims to be a boon to late-night sweets-cravers and grab-and-go lunch-eaters, and, most particularly, to a group of small-scale food entrepreneurs.

See also:
Uptown Oakland's Pioneering New Takeout Window


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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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