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Dining out in Alameda, Uptwon, Rockridge, and North Oakland.

Dining Review of East End

Paul Manousos blipped onto my radar more than a decade ago, when my primary gig was writing about music and his was recording and touring as a singer-songwriter (with a sound that brought Graham Parker, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen to mind). Sometime in 2007, I crossed paths with Manousos in the Alameda Marketplace, where he was working alongside Jeff Diamond at Farmstead Cheeses & Wines. Then, in spring 2010, I watched from afar as Manousos, inspired in part by a trip to Italy and encouraged by Diamond, took over a back corner of the Marketplace (when Feel Good Bakery moved into larger digs), installed an imported Mugnaini wood-fired oven, and launched East End Pizza Co.

Dining Review of East End

Paul Manousos blipped onto my radar more than a decade ago, when my primary gig was writing about music and his was recording and touring as a singer-songwriter (with a sound that brought Graham Parker, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen to mind). Sometime in 2007, I crossed paths with Manousos in the Alameda Marketplace, where he was working alongside Jeff Diamond at Farmstead Cheeses & Wines. Then, in spring 2010, I watched from afar as Manousos, inspired in part by a trip to Italy and encouraged by Diamond, took over a back corner of the Marketplace (when Feel Good Bakery moved into larger digs), installed an imported Mugnaini wood-fired oven, and launched East End Pizza Co.

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We eat our way through Alameda, Jack London Square, and Downtown.

Iyasare Commands Attention

Dining Review: When Shotaro “Sho” Kamio took command of the kitchen at Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant in Oakland in 2006, the food took a dramatic turn for the better. Kamio, who had previously made his mark in San Francisco at Ozumo, expanded his sphere of influence with the opening of the much larger Yoshi’s in the Fillmore District. Last year, he left all that behind to strike out on his own in much more intimate digs, the West Berkeley space long inhabited by the beloved O Chamé.

Chicha, Lungomare, Cock-a-Doodle, Stag's, and Bull Valley Roadhouse

New and return visits to restaurants on Webster Street, Old Oakland, Uptown, Jack London Square, and Contra Costa County.

Review of Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

Giuseppe Naccarelli opens an ambitious, good-looking Italian restaurant in Alameda's South Shore Center.

Chicha, Lungomare, Cock-a-Doodle, Stag's, and Bull Valley Roadhouse

New and return visits to restaurants on Webster Street, Old Oakland, Uptown, Jack London Square, and Contra Costa County.

Review of Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

Giuseppe Naccarelli opens an ambitious, good-looking Italian restaurant in South Shore Center.

Asian Chefs From Sunhui Chang to James Syhabout Reinvent the Food of Their Youth

Young Asian chefs and restaurateurs in Oakland love the food of their home countries and their youth, like the salty-sweet street fare from Mumbai’s beaches or the spicy roasted Siamese peanuts sold on Thailand streets. Oakland-based cooks like to do their own thing, often outpacing their counterparts elsewhere. They herald the rise of inventive, new dishes with fresh takes on traditional cuisine. Here are six spots raising the bar, and changing expectations, for what Asian food can be.