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Nido Kitchen & Bar Ups the Ante

Every so often, my relationship with a cuisine gets rebooted, and I’ll think of that food—Thai, Italian, Vietnamese, or Basque, for instance—as my all-time favorite. Nido Kitchen & Bar, where Robin and I finally ate this summer, more than a year and a half after Sylvia and Cory McCollow opened it (hey, we’ve been busy), is the latest pivot point in my dining preferences.

Nido Kitchen & Bar Ups the Ante

Every so often, my relationship with a cuisine gets rebooted, and I’ll think of that food—Thai, Italian, Vietnamese, or Basque, for instance—as my all-time favorite. Nido Kitchen & Bar, where Robin and I finally ate this summer, more than a year and a half after Sylvia and Cory McCollow opened it (hey, we’ve been busy), is the latest pivot point in my dining preferences.

Dragon Gate Does Street-Style Taiwanese

Deep in Dragon Gate Bar & Grille’s multisection menu, I found the dish that called my name: Idiot Noodle. It also brought to mind my friend Tim Ware’s composition, "Idiot Glee," and held out the irresistible promise of "street-style" dry noodles with braised ground pork.

Dragon Gate Does Street-style Taiwanese

Deep in Dragon Gate Bar & Grille’s multisection menu, I found the dish that called my name: Idiot Noodle. It also brought to mind my friend Tim Ware’s composition, "Idiot Glee," and held out the irresistible promise of "street-style" dry noodles with braised ground pork.

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Dining out in Berkeley, Temescal, Grand Lake, and Uptown

Dining Review of Pathos

After our first dinner at Pathos in May, I said to Robin, “There wasn’t anything we ate that I wouldn’t order again.” And that was saying something, because five of us, parked in a comfy patterned banquette and amply cushioned white leather chairs around a large table, shared six dishes from the nine-item orektiko (small plates) section of the menu and two from the kyrio piato (main courses).

Doukkala Puts a California Slant on Moroccan Cuisine

For all its food-loving extravagance, the Bay Area has little in the way of Moroccan cuisine. But if you ask Jamal Zahid, whose family has owned a Moroccan restaurant in Oakland’s Temescal district for 13 years, he’ll tell you there’s a natural connection between the local, sustainable culinary ethos of California and the traditional foodways of his native Morocco.

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

Dining Review of Pathos

After our first dinner at Pathos in May, I said to Robin, “There wasn’t anything we ate that I wouldn’t order again.” And that was saying something, because five of us, parked in a comfy patterned banquette and amply cushioned white leather chairs around a large table, shared six dishes from the nine-item orektiko (small plates) section of the menu and two from the kyrio piato (main courses).

Doukkala Puts a California Slant on Moroccan Cuisine

For all its food-loving extravagance, the Bay Area has little in the way of Moroccan cuisine. But if you ask Jamal Zahid, whose family has owned a Moroccan restaurant in Oakland’s Temescal district for 13 years, he’ll tell you there’s a natural connection between the local, sustainable culinary ethos of California and the traditional foodways of his native Morocco.