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We eat our way through Alameda, Jack London Square, and Downtown.
March 31, 2014

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.
March 31, 2014

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.
March 05, 2014

Review of Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

Giuseppe Naccarelli opens an ambitious, good-looking Italian restaurant in Alameda's South Shore Center.
March 05, 2014

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.
March 05, 2014

Review of Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

Giuseppe Naccarelli opens an ambitious, good-looking Italian restaurant in South Shore Center.
March 05, 2014

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.
March 05, 2014

Review of the Bull Valley Roadhouse

Kristy looked radiant in her satin gown when I picked her up in my dad’s leased, lemon-chiffon Lincoln Continental. The luxury ride was less to impress—Kristy wasn’t my girlfriend; I was standing in for her boyfriend in the service—than to smooth out the long and winding ride to Port Costa for our pre-senior ball dinner at the Bull Valley Inn. This was back in the culinary dark ages, before the advent of California cuisine, when we called restaurants “fancy” not “upscale,” and a fancy restaurant served French or, more likely in the suburbs, “continental” cuisine.
January 02, 2014

Review: Brotzeit Lokal Boathouse & Biergarten

Beer for breakfast. It wasn’t foremost in my mind when we planned a Sunday trip to Brotzeit Lokal. Nor do I advocate it as a daily indulgence. But we arrived around 1 p.m., so we’re really talking brunch. Also, I was having knackwurst with my scrambled eggs (poached not offered), home fries and toast ($10), and doesn’t a German pork sausage (flavored with juniper) just beg for a beer? Moreover, it was still October, so a pint of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen ($6)—one of 16 rotating German, American and (a few) Belgian brews on tap here ($4.50–$8.50)—seemed perfectly appropriate.
December 03, 2013

Not Just Another Fashionable Destination

When A16 debuted in San Francisco’s Marina District in 2004, it was an immediate hit and, nearly 10 years later, it remains one of the region’s top-rated restaurants. History repeated itself in June when A16 Rockridge opened on College Avenue in Oakland. From the get-go, seats have been in high demand in the splendidly remodeled dining room, in the bar/lounge (slightly more integrated into the overall space than when Hudson and Garibaldi’s dwelled there) and at the semicircular counter around the wood-fired pizza oven. You may have thought the East Bay didn’t need another eclectic Italian restaurant with a wood-fired pizza oven. The crowds say you would have been wrong.
November 04, 2013