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Palmento a Dopo Zeroes in on Sicily

Jon Smulewitz tightens his focus, with the region of Sicily squarely in his culinary sights, and strikes a balance between new and tried-and-true.
May 20, 2016

Cafe Eugene Makes Winning Tofu Paté

Sure, it’s a bit hippie-dippie, but it’s also smart, creative, and tasty.
May 18, 2016

Ajanta’s New Owners Don’t Mess With Anything

The father-and-son team Rajen Thapa and Pratik Thapa who took over Ajanta want to keep the Berkeley gem just like chef Lachu Moorjani envisioned it.
May 03, 2016

East Bay Wine Bar Revival

The Barrel Room hits the sweet spot with a wine-forward emphasis on ding.
April 22, 2016

Urban Latino Offers a Fusion Mashup

The Temescal outlet celebrates the Americas: North, South, and Central.
April 11, 2016

Spring Onions Hit the Right Flavor Notes of Spring

Chef Saboor Zafari of Angela’s Kitchen in Alameda uses them in his recipe for aushak, or Afghani dumplings
April 03, 2016

The Long and Winding Ramen Road

Ramen restaurants proliferate hereabouts like the bamboo shoots they serve; has the East Bay reached ramen overload?
March 29, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Going Mobile

Chefs and restaurateurs weigh in on how food trucks stack up against bricks and mortar.
March 27, 2016

Cuba-Style Finesse on a Plate

At Casa Cubana, traditional Cuban cuisine gets a 21st-century California twist.
March 17, 2016

Tipping’s Days May Be Numbered

Oakland’s minimum wage hike prompted more area restaurants to eliminate tipping. Is this the beginning of the end?
March 04, 2016