Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hawker Fare Aims to Go Out With a Bang

If James Syhabout's pioneering Lao-Isaan eatery wasn't safe, no restaurant in Oakland is.

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 2:47 PM

James Syhabout at Hawker Fare. - ANDRIA LO/FILE PHOTO
  • Andria Lo/File photo
  • James Syhabout at Hawker Fare.

Restaurants close all the time. If you write about food for a living, that’s par for the course. Still, my jaw dropped when the news broke a couple of Fridays ago that the Uptown Oakland location of Hawker Fare was closing permanently. Its last day of business will be February 18.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Photo Exhibit Celebrates the Historic Restaurants of San Francisco Chinatown

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Eastern Bakery is one of four classic San Francisco Chinatown restaurants highlighted in the exhibit. - ANDRIA LO
  • Andria Lo
  • Eastern Bakery is one of four classic San Francisco Chinatown restaurants highlighted in the exhibit.

If you find yourself in San Francisco Chinatown in the coming weeks, here's a photo exhibit that should appeal to anyone with a fondness for creaky old restaurants and/or good old-fashioned Chinese cooking: "Eat Chinatown" tells the stories of four classic San Francisco Chinatown restaurants and bakeries — New Lun Ting Cafe, Capital Restaurant, Hon’s Wun-Tun House, and Eastern Bakery, each of which has been around for at least four decades.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How to Eat Cheaply and Well at Oakland Restaurant Week

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 1:52 PM

Indian-inspired burritos are part of Curry Up Now's $30 prix-fixe, which will feed two people. - CURRY UP NOW (VIA FACEBOOK)
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  • Indian-inspired burritos are part of Curry Up Now's $30 prix-fixe, which will feed two people.

It’s that time of the year again: Oakland Restaurant Week, that annual bonanza for prix-fixe bargain lovers, will run from Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 29.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

AS B-Dama’s Chicken Paitan Ramen Is the Perfect Antidote to Winter

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 2:06 PM

The soup is made by boiling the bejeezus out of a large quantity of chicken bones and chicken feet. - AS B-DAMA (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • AS B-Dama (via Facebook)
  • The soup is made by boiling the bejeezus out of a large quantity of chicken bones and chicken feet.

These chilly winter nights beg for bowls of hot noodle soup, but there’s a certain sameness to the East Bay ramen scene — everyone doing their own take on the same handful of mostly pork-centric Japanese soup styles.

I was intrigued, then, to hear that AS B-Dama (907 Washington St., Oakland) is serving chicken paitan ramen, a style rarely seen in the East Bay, as a recurring weeknight special.

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