Editor's Note

Food Frenzy


Love to eat and drink? Then this is an issue for you.

It’s got big, bold, grown-up hamburgers and fancied-up fast food that can be delivered to your door. It dips into the exploding craft beer scene taking root in the East Bay and explores why the cocktail-drinking public has gone wild for refreshing shrubs (no, not bushes, but fermented syrups whose name likely comes from sharab, an Arabic word for beverage). And it travels Park Street for an ethnic culinary journey around the world.

This issue also delivers news about two business hubs—Rockridge and Grand Avenue—undergoing recently heralded food-drink makeovers at the very moment there’s an expanding east-west synergy on the food-drink front spreading between Oakland and San Francisco. It also shines a spotlight on a the restaurateur of the moment, Charlie Hallowell of Pizzaiolo and Boot and Show fame who has yet another outlet about to debut, and it puts a face behind the guy who supplies many of the Bay Area’s best restaurants with their high-end meats.

There’s more to sink your teeth into: gluten-free fried food at Grease Box, surprisingly tempting onigiri at Peko-Peko, and the tale of pizza newcomer (and gluten-free) Jules Thin Crust setting up shot across the street from pizza stalwart and perennial crowd-pleaser Zachary’s Chicago Pizza. (Crazy, right, or maybe pure genius?) Derk Richardson reviews A16 Rockridge, Fentons masterblender talks ice cream, and we head to La Torta Loca on International Boulevard for huaraches (no, not shoes, but more or less the Mexican equivalent of pizza, according to foodie maven Anneli Rufus). You can also take your taste buds to Sidestreet Pho, Summer Summer Thai Eatery, Tribune Tavern, Toast Kitchen + Bar, and Forge Pizza via new and updated listings in our always-expanding Dining Guide.

There’s never been a better time to eat and drink in the East Bay. So get out there—eat and drink. And then send Oakland Magazine news of your food and beverage forays.

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