Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mid-Week Menu: A New Burmese Cafe, Booze at Umami Mart, and Last-Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

By Luke Tsai
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

click to enlarge Grocery Cafe's tea leaf salad (via Facebook).
  • Grocery Cafe's tea leaf salad (via Facebook).
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Grocery Cafe (2248 10th Ave.), the combination Burmese cafe and neighborhood bodega that I reported on earlier this year, is finally open in East Oakland, a Chowhound poster reports. The opening menu includes such Burmese classics as tea leaf salad and mohinga (a kind of fish and rice noodle chowder). No word yet on whether the grocery component of the business has launched.

2) Umami Mart (815 Broadway), Old Oakland’s repository for all things related to Japanese barware and food culture, has applied for a beer and wine license, Inside Scoop reports. The idea is for the store to start selling bottles of sake and craft beer from Japan.

3) The Ñora Spanish Cuisine pop-up is looking to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant at the former location of Tomo’s Japanese at 2020 San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley, Berkeleyside Nosh reports.

4) Berkeley’s Bleecker Bistro (2498 Telegraph Ave.) has launched an expanded dinner menu. According to a press release, new dishes include a savory meatloaf sandwich with marinara gravy, a take on fried chicken and waffles, and a sourdough grilled cheese sandwich.

click to enlarge SPOONROCKET
  • SpoonRocket
5) For the rest of this week, the Berkeley-based food delivery service SpoonRocket is running a “Buy One, Get One, Give One” promotion — meals ordered every day this week through Sunday, November 30 (excluding Thanksgiving Day) will be buy-one-get-one-free. As for the “Give One” component: Any retail employees working on Black Friday can get a free meal that day by entering the code “THANKS” when they place their order.

6) Berkeleyside chronicles the Berkeley police department’s latest sting, which involved two cops posing as pizza delivery guys in order to catch a clutch of armed robbery suspects.

7) Here’s one from the vault for those of you who are really last-minute with your Thanksgiving recipe planning: a veritable goldmine of favorite holiday recipes from some of the East Bay’s top chefs. There’s turkey congee from James Syhabout! Conkies from Sarah Kirnon! Check it out.

8) Finally, ICYMI, now that it’s Dungeness crab season, here are seven East Bay crab dishes you might want to check out.

Got tips or suggestions? Email me at Luke (dot) Tsai (at) EastBayExpress (dot) com. Otherwise, keep in touch by following me on Twitter @theluketsai, or simply by posting a comment. I'll read ‘em all.

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