Thursday, January 29, 2015

Berkeley Cafe Serves Up Scones with a Side of Racism, Says Comedian W. Kamau Bell

by Anna Pulley
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 6:05 PM

W. Kamau Bell. - MATTHIAS CLAMER
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  • W. Kamau Bell.

Elmwood Cafe
in Berkeley found itself sunny-side-down today after Berkeley-based comedian W. Kamau Bell wrote a blog post titled: "Happy Birthday! Have Some Racism from Elmwood Cafe!" 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mid-Week Menu: Buma’s, Analog, and Tigerlily Open, and S+S Celebrates the Return of Foie Gras

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 12:22 PM

An early prototype of the East Coast style pizzas at Buma's (via Facebook).
  • An early prototype of the East Coast style pizzas at Buma's (via Facebook).
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Buma’s (325 19th St.) — the New York-style pizzeria that chef Jon Kosorek has planned for the same tiny Uptown Oakland spot that housed his previous restaurant, Marrow — is now open for business, Inside Scoop reports. On the menu: slices, whole pies, a couple of salads, and — just in time for the Super Bowl — chicken wings (available in plain, hot, or “curry teriyaki”).

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What’s Eating You: A Wish List

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 2:51 PM

A couple of Taiwanese breakfast staples. - LUKE TSAI
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  • A couple of Taiwanese breakfast staples.
What’s Eating You is a semi-regular feature wherein I provide answers to your most pressing East Bay-centric food questions. Send questions to Luke (dot) Tsai (at) EastBayExpress (dot) com, with the subject line “What’s Eating You.”

Dear Luke,

The East Bay has no shortage of delicious food, but every now and then, there's something I can't find like West Indian chicken curry roti or arepas. I'm curious to know what speciality dishes you can't find in the East Bay that you wish you could. Maybe this will inspire some of our local entrepreneurs to start a food truck or pop up.

Thanks,
Young Whan

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Leftovers: Three Quick Mini-Reviews

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:46 AM

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Every so often I come across a restaurant that I like, but for whatever reason it isn’t a good fit for a full review — maybe the menu is too limited, or the cuisine isn’t distinctive enough to set it apart from other restaurants in the same general category. Still, several of these places wind up in my semi-regular takeout rotation, and, truth be told, they deserve a little more attention.

Here are three newish spots in Oakland that I’ve been frequenting lately:

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Will the Jack London District Be the Bay Area’s New Country Music (and Stuffed Burger) Hub?

by Luke Tsai
Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 12:32 PM

The exterior of Overland, which aims to be the new home of the Bay Area's country music scene. - OVERLAND
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  • The exterior of Overland, which aims to be the new home of the Bay Area's country music scene.
A new restaurant and bar in Oakland’s Jack London district is aiming to become the new home for the Bay Area’s country music fans — and to serve a lot of massive stuffed burgers in the process. Overland (101 Broadway), a 4,000-square-foot restaurant located in the space formerly occupied by Centouno, will feature live music three or four nights a week, no cover charges, and regular country line dancing lessons.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mid-Week Menu: Haven Unveils New Format, Box and Bells Shutters, and the Veg 388 Pop-Up Ends

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Charlie Parker is bringing a prix-fixe, family-style menu format back to Haven. - BERT JOHNSON / FILE PHOTO
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  • Charlie Parker is bringing a prix-fixe, family-style menu format back to Haven.
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Some three weeks after Haven (44 Webster St.) went on what was initially an unannounced hiatus, the Jack London Square restaurant will reopen this Friday with a new menu format in place, Oakland Local reports. Or rather, the restaurant will go back to a version of the prix-fixe, family-style format that it has tinkered with previously. Chef Charlie Parker will now serve a daily-changing chef’s choice tasting menu, with the first and last courses served as big, family-style platters. “It’s like a big dinner party,” Parker told Oakland Local.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Giving the Finger to Yelp

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Davide Cerretini wants to enjoy a good laugh — at Yelp's expense. - BOTTO BISTRO
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  • Davide Cerretini wants to enjoy a good laugh — at Yelp's expense.
At this point, Richmond’s Botto Bistro (2171 Meeker Ave.) practically needs no introduction. The tiny Italian restaurant made national headlines last fall for its campaign to become the lowest-reviewed restaurant on Yelp, offering a 25 percent discount on pizza to anyone who submitted a one-star review — an effort that owners Davide Cerretini and Michele Massimo launched in response to what they believed were strong-arm tactics employed by the online review site. The goal, they said, was to render their Yelp page useless.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Ajuzoun: Steak and Sushi on the Oakland Waterfront

by Luke Tsai
Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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One of the gaps in the East Bay dining scene is the lack of a bona fide steakhouse. Might a new Korean-owned Japanese restaurant on the Oakland waterfront help fill the niche?

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Taiwan Bento Launches Dinner Service

by Luke Tsai
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Oyster noodles, one of the new dishes available for dinner at Taiwan Bento. - TAIWAN BENTO
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  • Oyster noodles, one of the new dishes available for dinner at Taiwan Bento.
Good news for people who love Taiwanese food and who, like me, have watched with excitement as the cuisine has gained traction in the East Bay (the sad departure of Berkeley’s Taiwan Restaurant last month notwithstanding): Uptown Oakland lunch box specialist Taiwan Bento (412 22nd St.) is now open for dinner.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mid-Week Menu: The Kingfish Moves, the New Kwik Way Opens, and Liba Falafel Is Serving Dinner

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 1:12 PM

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

1) Back in May, we reported that the Kingfish Pub (5239 Telegraph Ave.), Temescal’s tiniest and most beloved dive bar, would be moving — literally, getting picked up and moved down the street. Well, this week, it happened! Inside Scoop has some great photos of the move, and Bay Area News Group even posted a short video. The bar’s owners are hoping that they’ll be able to reopen sometime in March.

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