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Doña Tomás Gets a Solid Reboot

The new Doña pares down the menu but carries over the impressive bar from its full-service predecessor in a sprawling fast-casual space.
March 25, 2020

Pappo Keeps the Beet Alive

Executive chef John Thiel cooks up a welcome bowl of late-winter sunshine with beets and crème fraiche in Alameda.
February 27, 2020

Brenda’s Brings Soul and Souls to Broadway

This iteration is a fun, fast-casual approach to New Orleans-inspired Southern, Creole, and Cajun cuisine.
February 14, 2020

Hoyul Steven Choi’s Latest Restaurant Is Kitchen Story

He is going for cuisine that’s Californian with a touch of Korean.
February 14, 2020

North Light Has Steamy Secret

It’s in the cooking technique of the burger.
January 27, 2020

Paradiso Stays the Course

The long-term San Leandro stalwart offers a haven of familiarity and high-quality food that comforts.
January 17, 2020

Revival of the Tribune Tavern

The modern/old-school watering hole plates up New American gastropub fare with flair. Missteps aside, it looks headed in the right direction.
December 20, 2019

Doña’s Carnitas Is More Than Just ‘Little Meats’

The precise way in which carnitas is prepared at Doña is a secret, but there are only four ingredients.
December 06, 2019

The Berkeley Boathouse Is More Than a Typical Hotel Restaurant

Part of an $8 million ‘refresh,’ the Berkeley Boathouse opens within DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina with a chef-driven menu.
December 06, 2019

ZINO’s Brandon Hicks Updates Crab Louie

Brandon Hicks maintains classic elements of the traditional Crab Louie but presents it in a modern way with a Mediterranean touch.
October 25, 2019