Friday, April 29, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: Two Openings and a Sweet Jimmie's Update

by Ellen Cushing
Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Stuff your face in new and exciting ways! Here's this week's roundup of openings, closings, and other food-related miscellany:

Rockridge wine bar Toast (which we wrote about in a cover story a couple months back) officially opened for business on Tuesday and is offering 30 wines by the glass, red wine on tap, and a smallish tapas menu. Eater SF has graciously uploaded a PDF of the opening menu here and has plenty photos of the space (at 5900 College Ave.) here.

Heather Sittig and Kristen Policy of Toast
The folks behind adorably named Pleasant Hill tapas-y place Nibblers Eatery & Wine Bar are opening a new "farm to fork" restaurant in the space most recently occupied by (dearly departed) Locanda da Eva. According to Diablo Dish, the restaurant, opening sometime this summer, will be called Origen and will focus on local, sustainably sourced, smallish plates:

Origen will offer a daily changing prix fixe menu in addition to a la carte options with an International flair that will also include casual fare such as a burger and wood fired pizzas to take advantage of the existing brick oven.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: Lots of Activity in Uptown, Plus the Triumphant Return of Kwik Way

by Ellen Cushing
Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Major noms this week. Here's your food and drink roundup:

Xolo, the fourth restaurant from the foodie power couple behind Flora, Tacubaya, and Dona Tomas, officially opened for business this week at 1916 Telegraph, across the street from the Fox Theater. The casual Mexican restaurant is already doing solid business in its first week, according to Andee Brown, a Flora manager who's currently pitching in a couple doors down at Xolo. "We've had a lot of interest, a lot of people coming through," she said. I stopped by Thursday night around 7 and, indeed, the restaurant— a sunny, deceptively large two-story space with robins-egg blue walls and an open kitchen — was more than half-full on its very first night of dinner service. Meanwhile, some poor keyboard monkey/intern at Grub Street has typed up the full menu; check it out here. Of particular note: the birria, a delicious-looking goat dish available only on Fridays and Saturdays; the extensive selection of burritos and tacos both traditional (chile verde) and more creative (surf n' turf); the respectable wine and beer selection; and, especially, the prices, all of which are below the ten-dollar mark. Also, and most importantly: the aptly titled "danger dog," an artery-clogging gauntlet of bacon, mayo, avocado, pinto beans and jalapeno, all atop/encasing a hot dog. Herewith, blurry iPhone pictures, just for you!:




Cute, right?? It'll eventually be open til 11 Monday-Thursday and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: New Rudy's Can't Fail Opening Within a Month, Plus Burgers, Pasta, and Other Carby Fun

by Ellen Cushing
Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Here we go: this week in East Bay food and drink news, reviews, and miscellany. Enjoy!

General Manager Tracy Reinstein reports that construction is on track at Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe's new Uptown outpost, and that the restaurant is now set to open in mid-May at the corner of 18th and Telegraph in the same building as the Fox Theater. "Things are looking fantastic," she said. "It's going gangbusters, and it's a lot of fun." Reinstein said that the new restaurant will have a full bar as well as a private dining room, with seating for ten people and a private entrance into the Fox. Like the insanely popular original Rudy's, it'll offer cheap, classic American food in a kitschy-hip space and be open from 7 a.m.-1 a.m. seven days a week (which makes it the latest addition to Uptown's burgeoning late-night dining scene).

The Five Guys burger: Coming soon to a mouth near you!
  • The Five Guys burger: Coming soon to a mouth near you!
Five Guys, the East Coast analogue to In N' Out, is expanding into NorCal, according to The LA Times. The three confirmed East Bay locations are in Fremont's Pacific Commons shopping center, in Dublin's Hacienda Crossing shopping center, and in Pleasant Hill at 100 Crescent Drive. (The Kitchen Sink has been to one of the chain's Manhattan outposts, and it is, indeed, very good! Get excited, East Bay.)

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Friday, April 8, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: Goodbye to A.G. Ferrari in Berkeley; Hello to Sandwiches and Soul Food in Oakland

by Ellen Cushing
Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Alright, East Bay, here's your weekly roundup of food and drink news:

San Leandro-based specialty-food chain A.G. Ferrari Foods declared bankruptcy earlier this week, citing rising costs and a still-slow economy. The chain's Solano Avenue store closed on Sunday night; the Sunnyvale store shuttered shortly thereafter. According to a story in yesterday's Chron, the 92-year-old company isn't necessarily planning on closing all of its eleven remaining stores, but is in the process of renegotiating its leases and reorganizing its finances.

Its been real, A.G. Ferrari
  • It's been real, A.G. Ferrari

According to SFoodie, Eastlake will soon be getting a new gourmet take-out spot, Berlyn's Gourmet Eatery, helmed by Dontaye Ball and Larry McClendon. The restaurant will have limited seating and will serve sandwiches, salads, and the like, in addition to a daily specials menu and soul food entrees like gumbo and jambalaya. According to McClendon's Twitter feed, Berlyn's is set for a soft opening next week, while SFoodie indicates it'll open officially on April 23.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: Beer, Here

by Ellen Cushing
Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Slow week! Nonetheless, here's all the news that's fit to print put on the internet:

Ethan Fletcher at Diablo Dish reports that Oakland's got yet another craft brewery in its midst: Let's all give a warm welcome to the aptly named Oakland Brewing Company, which is apparently up, running, and temporarily operating out of other local beer facilities while renovations are being made on what will be its permanent location on 22nd Avenue.

Meanwhile, Fletcher also reports that three Pyramid alums are set to open Elevation 66 Brewing Company, a brewpub on San Pablo in El Cerrito, sometime in May.

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