Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mid-Week Menu: Brazilian Comfort Food, Filipino Groceries, and Even More Ramen

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Feijoada, with all the proper accoutrements. - PAULISTA (VIA FACEBOOK).
  • Paulista (via Facebook).
  • Feijoada, with all the proper accoutrements.

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

1) The East Bay isn’t known for its Brazilian restaurants — and most of the ones we do have are all-you-can-eat steakhouses, which, obviously, aren’t the kind of place you can eat at every day. Berkeyside Nosh reports that two Oakland residents are planning to fill that void with by opening Paulista (4239 Park Ave.) in the former Rumbo al Sur space in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood. Owners Alex Yamamoto and Jesse Madway plan to serve homestyle comfort food — things like feijoada, the classic bean-and-sausage stew. The idea is for it to be a family-friendly place that will be open all day, with an emphasis on local craft beer. Look for a July 1 opening.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Burmese Resurrection: Grocery Cafe Will Get a Second Life in Jack London Square

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The future site of the new Grocery Cafe. - WILLIAM LUE
  • William Lue
  • The future site of the new Grocery Cafe.

Nearly every week, some Bay Area restaurant ends not with a bang but a whimper — or, in the case of the well-loved East Oakland Burmese spot Grocery Cafe, a single all-caps Facebook status posted in early January: “DEAR ALL WE ARE CLOSED INDEFINITELY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.”

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mid-Week Menu: The Wolf Is Open, Encuentro Is Closed, and Cholita Linda Is Coming to Alameda

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 3:57 PM

The old patio at Bay Wolf is alive and well. - BAY WOLF (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • Bay Wolf (via Facebook)
  • The old patio at Bay Wolf is alive and well.

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

1) Fans of Bay Wolf and Wood Tavern — one of Bay Wolf’s spiritual descendents — have been waiting with bated breath since the news dropped that Rich and Rebekah Wood were taking over the space formerly occupied by the iconic Cal-cuisine restaurant. The wait is finally over: The Wolf (3853 Piedmont Ave., Oakland) opens today, February 8, Berkeleyside Nosh reports.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hayward's Dirty Bird Lounge Gets an Argentinian Facelift, Courtesy of an Oakland Chef

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 11:35 AM

The Milanesa will be one of several sandwiches on the menu. - JAVI'S COOKING
  • Javi's Cooking
  • The Milanesa will be one of several sandwiches on the menu.

The old Dirty Bird Lounge was a neon-lit oasis in a vast expanse of barren lots on Hayward’s Mission Boulevard. Now, the dive bar is moving into nicer digs in downtown Hayward, shedding some of its dive-bar trappings, and, for the first time, adding real food — i.e., more than chips and peanuts — to the menu.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Nyum Bai: Cambodian Street Noodles Find a Home in an Emeryville Food Court

by Luke Tsai
Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Nyum Bai chef-owner Nite Yun is bringing Cambodian street food to an Emeryville food court - NITE YUN
  • Nite Yun
  • Nyum Bai chef-owner Nite Yun is bringing Cambodian street food to an Emeryville food court

When Nite Yun started her Nyum Bai pop-up series
last year, her goal was to shine a light on aspects of Cambodia that not many people in the Bay Area know about — the country’s legendary psychedelic rock scene, for instance, and, especially, its vibrant street-food culture.

Now, Yun will have her biggest platform yet: For at least the next six months, Nyum Bai will have its own stall in the revamped Emeryville Public Market food court. Reached by phone, Yun told the Express she had been keeping the news under wraps, but the food stand will have its first trial run Feb. 3 — TODAY — from 4–6 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hawker Fare Aims to Go Out With a Bang

If James Syhabout's pioneering Lao-Isaan eatery wasn't safe, no restaurant in Oakland is.

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 2:47 PM

James Syhabout at Hawker Fare. - ANDRIA LO/FILE PHOTO
  • Andria Lo/File photo
  • James Syhabout at Hawker Fare.

Restaurants close all the time. If you write about food for a living, that’s par for the course. Still, my jaw dropped when the news broke a couple of Fridays ago that the Uptown Oakland location of Hawker Fare was closing permanently. Its last day of business will be February 18.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Photo Exhibit Celebrates the Historic Restaurants of San Francisco Chinatown

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Eastern Bakery is one of four classic San Francisco Chinatown restaurants highlighted in the exhibit. - ANDRIA LO
  • Andria Lo
  • Eastern Bakery is one of four classic San Francisco Chinatown restaurants highlighted in the exhibit.

If you find yourself in San Francisco Chinatown in the coming weeks, here's a photo exhibit that should appeal to anyone with a fondness for creaky old restaurants and/or good old-fashioned Chinese cooking: "Eat Chinatown" tells the stories of four classic San Francisco Chinatown restaurants and bakeries — New Lun Ting Cafe, Capital Restaurant, Hon’s Wun-Tun House, and Eastern Bakery, each of which has been around for at least four decades.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How to Eat Cheaply and Well at Oakland Restaurant Week

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 1:52 PM

Indian-inspired burritos are part of Curry Up Now's $30 prix-fixe, which will feed two people. - CURRY UP NOW (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • Curry Up Now (via Facebook)
  • Indian-inspired burritos are part of Curry Up Now's $30 prix-fixe, which will feed two people.

It’s that time of the year again: Oakland Restaurant Week, that annual bonanza for prix-fixe bargain lovers, will run from Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 29.

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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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