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Longbranch Saloon Surpasses Expectations

It turns out the handsome Berkeley drinking establishment is more than that, delivering the perfect meal with Zuni Cafe-esque chicken, an amazing burger, and inspired cocktails

Batch Pastries Is the New Montclair Baking

Emily Buysse keeps the menu at Batch Pastries much like that originated by its predecessor, Montclair Baking, but adds more treats and a new espresso machine to enhance a gathering-spot vibe.

Hina Yakitori: Skewered by Tradition

An uncompromising Japan-trained chef dives deep into the chicken pond.

Parlour Puts Melon with Mezcal

The Longest Day cocktail hints of summer vacation, beaches, and relaxation.

Going Vegan for a Change

Four new vegan outlets convince an omnivore that meatless might be doable.

Bocanova Turns Out Inspired Ceviche

Executive chef Rick Hackett is celebrating local specialties, including ceviche, with a monthly multicourse regional dinner series that started this spring. Regions explored in the series thus far have included Argentina, Chile, and Mexico; future feasts will honor Peru, Brazil, and beyond.

John Thiel Shares a Strawberry Recipe

The zabaglione mousse with organic strawberries and amaretti at Pappo is a great way to show off strawberries.

From the Left Side of the Balcony: The Survey Says

The verdict is in on Northern California's best politically correct wines.

Bowl’d BBQ Brings Bibimbop to Alameda

Bowl’d BBQ, which opened this spring in Alameda’s South Shore Center, is the newest in a group of family-owned Korean restaurants whose locations are in Albany, Berkeley, and Oakland specializes in bibimbop, the hearty rice combo that some call Korea’s national dish.

High Praise for Blind Tiger

The new underground Pan-Asian gastropub Blind Tiger is one of the best, most creative, and most affordable recent additions to Oakland’s dining scene.