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New in JLS and Piedmont


    Cocina Poblana, the upscale family-owned restaurant that opened in January at Jack London Square, boasts home-cooked meals blending styles from two regions of Mexico: Puebla (delicate flavors) and Jalisco (robust and earthy). In redecorating, the owners creatively broke up the cavernous space that previously housed Pizzeria Uno so that dining feels intimate, as does the bar, which boasts 250 tequila and mescal options. The beef and pork on the extensive menu comes from Niman Ranch; the free-range chicken from Petaluma Poultry.
    Brunch dishes include huevos rancheros (eggs over easy with ranchera sauce, $10.50), huevos con chorizo (eggs scrambled with spicy pork sausage, $9.95), and huevos poblanas (poached eggs in a corn sope tortilla with a creamy mole sauce, $10.25). Dinner platillos include cabrito adobado (slow-roasted marinated goat served on grilled banana leaves, $18) and corundas (steamed banana leaf tamales with braised spare ribs, $15). Dinner mariscos (seafood) options include camarones en salsa de tamarindo (jumbo prawns sautéed in Cabrito tequila, garlic and tamarind, $24). This is chef Lito Saldaña’s third restaurant. It follows Cocina Poblana Taqueria in San Francisco (1109 Fillmore St., 415-447-8420) and Cocina Poblana in Emeryville (1320 65th St., 510-923-0497).
    Cocina Poblana, 499 Embarcadero West; breakfast 8 a.m.–10 a.m. Mon.–Fri; brunch 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; lunch 10 a.m.–3 p.m. daily; dinner 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Sun.–Thu., 5 p.m.–midnight Fri.-Sat.; (510) 451-4700; www.cocinapoblana.com.

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    Piedmont’s new neighborhood market is named for the local mulberry orchard that, once-upon-a-time, fed silkworms that supplied the Piedmont Ladies’ Silk Culture Club. Appropriately, Mulberry’s Market has Old World charm and thoughtful decor detail—plus Peet’s coffee, abundant organic produce, a wine section, gourmet sandwiches, prepared dishes, baked goods and, in fact, all the items a convenient and refined deli-market should have.
    Mulberry’s Market, 335 Highland Ave., Piedmont; 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon.–Fri.; 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat.; 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun.; (510) 652-3779; www.mulberrysmarket.com.
—By Wanda Hennig
—Photography by Lori Eanes

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