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A Pub for the Commonwealth

June 01, 2015

Tambo Pleases With Peruvian Plates

Until you can make your own pilgrimage to the Andes, dip into the many appetizers, entrees, and desserts that chef/owner Patricia Rios has packed into her bountiful menu at Tambo where she radiates luminary charm and creates unpretentiously artful plates as pleasing to eye as to the palate.
May 22, 2015

Smoke’s Poutinere Brings the Canadian Poutine to Berkeley

Poutines are loaded fries, but loaded fries are not poutiness, and while the East Bay is loaded with loaded fries, Canada’s signature offering is relatively hard to come by. Until now, with the arrival of Smoke’s Poutinerie in Berkeley.
May 15, 2015

Go to Galeto Brazilian Grill for Meat

It’s hard not to like a place where the hostesses and hosts exude unrelenting charm, the crowd is the epitome of Oakland’s multicultural (Latin, African American, Asian, Caucasian) population and adventuresome fashion (did you see that skirt, that jacket, those heels?!); and where anyone on a paleo diet might just think he or she has achieved nirvana.
April 15, 2015

Saul’s Does Chicken Soup Right

This chicken soup with matzo balls maybe bare and basic, but not one ingredient is lost in the simplicity.
April 15, 2015

Homestyle Cuisine Stars at Communite? Table

Michele LeProhn of the Laurel district opens Communite? Table, a restaurant with California-inspired cuisine that’s as confident with take-out dinners as it is with sit-down fare.
April 06, 2015

Dining Guide Updates

April 04, 2015

Oakland’s Mockingbird Serves Straightforward and Affordable Homespun Fare

Two highly pedigreed chef/owners bring a down-home concept to cooking to a newish space on the western edge of Uptown.
March 22, 2015

Dining at The Habit, TrueBurger, and Shan Dong

Eat burgers at The Habit and TrueBurger, a pricey pork chop at The Growlers’ Arms, brunch at District Oakland, and sesame noodles at Shan Dong.
March 03, 2015

The Growlers’ Arms Masters British Pub Cooking

The Growlers’ Arms walks a tightrope between its casual, rustic feel and its elevated intentions, but it puts to rest once and for all the outdated and dimwitted stereotypes of bad English and Irish cooking.
February 12, 2015