This restaurant on Alameda’s west end aims to bring island flavors to the former Fosters Freeze location, farm-to-table style. On the menu, you’ll find silog-style fried chicken and a “not Zippy’s” chili and rice bowl. You’ll also find edible flowers and freshly picked microgreens on your plates. The American-style diner is only open for breakfast and lunch, and helmed by executive chef Naomi Elze-Harris. Born in Hawaii, Elze-Harris mostly grew up in Kansas, and the flavors reflect her favorite foods encountered during her childhood and while living in different parts of the country. A noteworthy dish is the silog fried chicken plate: Two pieces of sweet and peppercorn-flavored fried chicken disappeared quickly, shared among three adults. The sticky rice, flavored with bits of fried garlic, served as the starch base for a beautifully presented dish full of different flavors that all balance nicely on one plate. Plus, the dish also comes with a fried egg (hence the “silog” name, which translated from Tagalog means “add an egg.”).

— Momo Chang

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