Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Six East Bay Restaurants Where You Can Score Killer Fish and Chips for Lent

by Jasmine Guillory
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Fried catfish and shrimp at Mississippi Catfish. - ANDRIA LO/FILE PHOTO
  • Andria Lo/File photo
  • Fried catfish and shrimp at Mississippi Catfish.

Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 1 this year, marks the beginning of Lent. For Christians, the forty-day religious observance has different emphasis and meaning depending on what denomination a person belongs to — and how Christian they are. But for more than half a million East Bay Catholics (and many more former Catholics), Fridays during Lent mean one thing: fish and chips. Luckily, the East Bay has a wide variety of fried-seafood purveyors to keep us guilt-free for the next six Fridays.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mid-Week Menu: Brazilian Comfort Food, Filipino Groceries, and Even More Ramen

by Luke Tsai
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Feijoada, with all the proper accoutrements. - PAULISTA (VIA FACEBOOK).
  • Paulista (via Facebook).
  • Feijoada, with all the proper accoutrements.

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

1) The East Bay isn’t known for its Brazilian restaurants — and most of the ones we do have are all-you-can-eat steakhouses, which, obviously, aren’t the kind of place you can eat at every day. Berkeyside Nosh reports that two Oakland residents are planning to fill that void with by opening Paulista (4239 Park Ave.) in the former Rumbo al Sur space in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood. Owners Alex Yamamoto and Jesse Madway plan to serve homestyle comfort food — things like feijoada, the classic bean-and-sausage stew. The idea is for it to be a family-friendly place that will be open all day, with an emphasis on local craft beer. Look for a July 1 opening.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Burmese Resurrection: Grocery Cafe Will Get a Second Life in Jack London Square

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The future site of the new Grocery Cafe. - WILLIAM LUE
  • William Lue
  • The future site of the new Grocery Cafe.

Nearly every week, some Bay Area restaurant ends not with a bang but a whimper — or, in the case of the well-loved East Oakland Burmese spot Grocery Cafe, a single all-caps Facebook status posted in early January: “DEAR ALL WE ARE CLOSED INDEFINITELY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.”

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mid-Week Menu: The Wolf Is Open, Encuentro Is Closed, and Cholita Linda Is Coming to Alameda

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 3:57 PM

The old patio at Bay Wolf is alive and well. - BAY WOLF (VIA FACEBOOK)
  • Bay Wolf (via Facebook)
  • The old patio at Bay Wolf is alive and well.

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

1) Fans of Bay Wolf and Wood Tavern — one of Bay Wolf’s spiritual descendents — have been waiting with bated breath since the news dropped that Rich and Rebekah Wood were taking over the space formerly occupied by the iconic Cal-cuisine restaurant. The wait is finally over: The Wolf (3853 Piedmont Ave., Oakland) opens today, February 8, Berkeleyside Nosh reports.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hayward's Dirty Bird Lounge Gets an Argentinian Facelift, Courtesy of an Oakland Chef

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 11:35 AM

The Milanesa will be one of several sandwiches on the menu. - JAVI'S COOKING
  • Javi's Cooking
  • The Milanesa will be one of several sandwiches on the menu.

The old Dirty Bird Lounge was a neon-lit oasis in a vast expanse of barren lots on Hayward’s Mission Boulevard. Now, the dive bar is moving into nicer digs in downtown Hayward, shedding some of its dive-bar trappings, and, for the first time, adding real food — i.e., more than chips and peanuts — to the menu.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Nyum Bai: Cambodian Street Noodles Find a Home in an Emeryville Food Court

by Luke Tsai
Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Nyum Bai chef-owner Nite Yun is bringing Cambodian street food to an Emeryville food court - NITE YUN
  • Nite Yun
  • Nyum Bai chef-owner Nite Yun is bringing Cambodian street food to an Emeryville food court

When Nite Yun started her Nyum Bai pop-up series
last year, her goal was to shine a light on aspects of Cambodia that not many people in the Bay Area know about — the country’s legendary psychedelic rock scene, for instance, and, especially, its vibrant street-food culture.

Now, Yun will have her biggest platform yet: For at least the next six months, Nyum Bai will have its own stall in the revamped Emeryville Public Market food court. Reached by phone, Yun told the Express she had been keeping the news under wraps, but the food stand will have its first trial run Feb. 3 — TODAY — from 4–6 p.m.

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