Monday, November 28, 2016

In Uptown Oakland, Catered to You Serves a Fish Sandwich Worth Saving

by Luke Tsai
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 1:33 PM

The fish sandwich comes with a side of seasoned fries. - LUKE TSAI
  • Luke Tsai
  • The fish sandwich comes with a side of seasoned fries.

The fish sandwich at Catered to You (1711 Telegraph Ave.), a no-frills takeout window in Uptown Oakland, is deceptively modest in appearance. Its component parts are standard-order: a few pieces of cornmeal-dredged basa fish, hot sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onions, all on a sesame bun. It’s only when you bite in that you realize how high the sandwich is piled with fish — and how ethereally airy-light that fried fish is, and how perfectly it melds with the hot sauce.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

No Piece of the Pie: New Report Paints Bleak Picture of Food Industry Labor Conditions

by Cynthia Salaysay
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 1:37 PM

Former Taylor Farms worker Jose Vega. - INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Former Taylor Farms worker Jose Vega.

Oakland and San Francisco residents may take comfort in $15 minimum wages, first-name-basis familiarity with local farmers, and purchasing policies that enable public schools to use their spending power to buy ethically produced food. But a new report co-authored by the Food Chain Workers Alliance and Solidarity Research Cooperative indicates that there’s still much work to be done, particularly in the realm of fair labor practices.

See also:
Food Workers, in Their Own Voices

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Super Duper Is Coming to the East Bay; Berkeley Social Club and Fort Green Arrive

by Luke Tsai
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Coming to Berkeley. - SUPER DUPER BURGERS
  • Super Duper Burgers
  • Coming to Berkeley.

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

1) Smart Alec’s Intelligent Food (2355 Telegraph Ave.), a Cal campus institution for twenty years and a forerunner to today’s ubiquitous healthy-fast-food restaurant genre, has closed due to a rent increase, the Daily Cal reports. But, as Berkeleyside Nosh reports, students didn’t have to wait long to find out about what some might consider to be a more exciting replacement: the first East Bay location of Super Duper Burgers, a well-regarded San Francisco-based burger chain.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cosecha Is (Hopefully) Coming to the Oakland's Dimond District

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 11:19 AM

A drawing shows what Cosecha's proposed firehouse location might look like. - COSECHA
  • Cosecha
  • A drawing shows what Cosecha's proposed firehouse location might look like.

For several years, residents of Oakland’s Dimond District have been asking the city to turn the neighborhood’s abandoned firehouse into a restaurant. Now, it appears that the old Dimond Firehouse (3455 Champion St.) will be home to a second location for one of the city’s most prominent Mexican eateries.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Where to Buy Pie for Thanksgiving in the East Bay

by Luke Tsai
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Pumpkin pie with chocolate crust. - PIETISSERIE, VIA FACEBOOK
  • PieTisserie, via Facebook
  • Pumpkin pie with chocolate crust.

If you’re the kind of home cook who prides yourself on making every damn thing on the holiday table — from dinner roll to gravy to turkey-shaped doily — 100-percent from scratch, the lead-up to Thanksgiving might be the most stressful week of the year. Allow me to offer one piece of unsolicited, borderline blasphemous advice: You don’t have to bake that pie yourself. Given the quality of bakeries we have in the East Bay, you might even be better off if you don’t.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mid-Week Menu: Grand Fare, Claremont Diner, and Pathos Close

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Closed for good. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE
  • Bert Johnson/File
  • Closed for good.

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

1) Grand Fare (3265 Grand Ave., Oakland) has closed suddenly just three months after reopening, Eater reports. Sound like deja vu? That’s because the same thing happened to the first incarnation of the food hall/restaurant/prepared foods market hybrid, except the first time around, it went dark after just six weeks — a few days before my review was scheduled to drop, it turned out. This time the closure will be permanent.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Two New Oakland Chinatown Cafes Are Food-Focused Islands in a Sea of Bubble Tea

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Behold, the "rice cube." - LUKE TSAI
  • Luke Tsai
  • Behold, the "rice cube."
Slowly but surely, Oakland Chinatown’s empty storefronts have started to fill up — but almost exclusively with a new wave of bubble tea shops with confusingly similar names: i-Tea, Shiny Tea, T4, 50 Tea, and so on. While this might be a boon to the boba connoisseur, it doesn’t do much for the neighborhood’s diversity of offerings, to say nothing of the need to appeal to folks who don’t want to eat their lunch through a straw.

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