Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mid-Week Menu: Bay Wolf Space to Be Revived by Wood Tavern Owners, Claremont Diner to Close, and The Dock Adds Prix-Fixe Option

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 12:47 PM

The patio at Bay Wolf (via Facebook).
  • The patio at Bay Wolf (via Facebook).
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Big news for those who have been wondering about the future of the former Bay Wolf (3853 Piedmont Ave., Oakland), which closed at the end of August after 40 years of business: Bay Area News Group reports that the owners of Wood Tavern have leased the building and plan to reopen it in summer 2016 as a yet-unnamed “intimate American brasserie.” Yang Peng, the executive chef at Wood Tavern and Southie, will head up the kitchen.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Mid-Week Menu: The Halal Guys Gears Up to Open in Berkeley, Commis Nabs Second Star, and Legendary Palace Reopens as Cinnamon Tree

by Luke Tsai
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Yes, please (via Facebook).
  • Yes, please (via Facebook).

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

1) In case you haven’t heard, The Halal Guys are coming to downtown Berkeley, bringing with them the street cart style Halal chicken plates (extra “white sauce,” please) that are ubiquitous in New York but virtually nonexistent here in the East Bay. Inside Scoop reports that they’ve nailed down a spot: the old Le Regal spot at 2126 Center Street. Apparently, the restaurant is already hiring, so look for an opening date not too far down the road.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

An Anti-Waste Kitchen Takes Root in Alameda

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Ugly but edible. - FOOD SHIFT
  • Food Shift
  • Ugly but edible.
Dana Frasz deals in the currency of imperfect produce: crooked carrots, oranges with peels dotted with black spots, and potatoes shaped like snowmen. As the founder and executive director of the Oakland-based nonprofit Food Shift, Frasz spends her days finding ways to make sure that these ugly, but perfectly edible, fruits and vegetables (about six billion pounds of which never even make it off the farm each year because they’re deemed unfit for grocery stores) don’t wind up in the trash bin.

See Also:
Food Shift Is Forging a Deal with Andronico's

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mid-Week Menu: Michelin (Mostly) Snubs Oakland, Lakeshore Burrito Shop Closes, and Shangri-La Expands

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 1:35 PM

King trumpet mushrooms at Millennium, one of the East Bay Bib Gourmand picks. - BERT JOHNSON / FILE PHOTO
  • Bert Johnson / file photo
  • King trumpet mushrooms at Millennium, one of the East Bay Bib Gourmand picks.
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Today, the Michelin food inspectors dropped their 2016 Bay Area “Bib Gourmand” list — for restaurants where you can get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (a somewhat amorphous set of criteria that allows some rather expensive restaurants to make the grade). This year’s East Bay selections: Chevalier (Lafayette), China Village (Albany), Comal (Berkeley), Corso (Berkeley), FIVE (Berkeley), Gather (Berkeley), Great China (Berkeley), Ippuku (Berkeley), Michel Bistro (Oakland), Millennium (Oakland), Rivoli (Berkeley), Thai House (Danville) and Wood Tavern (Oakland). Oakland restaurants remain — in this critic’s humble opinion — criminally underrepresented.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Future Is Here: Draft Beer Delivered to Your Doorstep

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 6:11 AM

Hopsy celebrated Oaktoberfest in Oakland's Dimond district. - HOPSY
  • Hopsy
  • Hopsy celebrated Oaktoberfest in Oakland's Dimond district.
Imagine a world where, with a simple tap of your smartphone, you could summon a jug of your favorite craft beer to your doorstep, to be enjoyed at your leisure in the comfort of your own home. For the beer lover, this — more than the self-driving car or the face-mounted computer — is the dream of the future.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Berkeley's Perdition Smokehouse Closes Suddenly

by Luke Tsai
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 12:15 PM

R.I.P. - BERT JOHNSON / FILE PHOTO
  • Bert Johnson / file photo
  • R.I.P.
Sad news for East Bay lovers of smoked brisket: Perdition Smokehouse (2050 University Ave.), perhaps Berkeley's preeminent purveyor of Texas-style barbecue, has closed suddenly.

Details are scarce at this point, but owner Chuck Stilphen — who also runs The Trappist's two Oakland locations and Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco — confirmed via email that yesterday was Perdition's last day of business. The closure is permanent, he said.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mid-Week Menu: Grand Fare Market Debuts, Peet’s Buys Stumptown, and Bites Off Broadway Closes Out Its Season

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Takeout options galore (via Facebook).
  • Takeout options galore (via Facebook).
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Grand Fare Market (3265 Grand Ave., Oakland), a hybrid food market and deli-cafe that we first previewed early last year, is now open. Yesterday was the market’s first official day of business. Part of a new influx of takeout-oriented “one-stop shop” markets that are proliferating across Oakland, Grand Fare is anchored by chef Ben Coe’s (Box & Bells, Commis) extensive selection of hot and cold prepared food offerings, which run the gamut from leg of lamb sandwiches to whole roasted chicken. Other highlights include a raw oyster bar, a produce section, an extensive beer and wine selection, and — in the outdoor courtyard — a vintage trailer that sells housemade pastries, Linea coffee, and Humphrey Slocombe ice cream.

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