.Food & Drink

Jul 27, 2022

Town Fare at OCMA: Bay Area communities are represented on Town Fare’s wide-ranging menu

Michele McQueen is the new chef and proprietor of Town Fare, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) restaurant. Some of McQueen’s dishes will be familiar to diners who ate at Gussie’s Southern Table, her San Francisco restaurant that closed in 2014. The menu features shrimp and grits, fried chicken,...
Jun 22, 2022

Julia’s Restaurant: A dining room suitable for members and non-members alike

A friend of mine recently joined the Berkeley City Club. I’d been inside the Julia Morgan building several times before to see plays at the Central Works Theater Company, but never stayed for a meal. I meant...
Jun 8, 2022

It Must Have Been Love Babette: Add a patio brunch to your to-do list

We ate dinner under the redwood tree on Babette’s backyard patio. Right around the busy corner of University and San Pablo Avenues, the space is an oasis. Known for many years as the cafe inside the Berkeley...
Jun 8, 2022

Oakland’s Watering Holes: Best spots to sip this summer

VAN KLEEF1621 Telegraph Ave, Oakland I walked in and my jaw actually dropped open—I know because someone at the bar said, “Good evening, look at you, you look shocked.” Van Kleef’s, named after its now deceased owner, Peter...
Jun 1, 2022

Sistory Thai Kitchen: Currying up some favorite Thai flavors

If you’re in the mood for avocado toast, waffles or a benedict for Sunday brunch, but your partner wants spring rolls and a bowl of tom kha, Sistory Thai Kitchen will satisfy both of your cravings. Nichaporn...
May 25, 2022

Damask Rose Coffee Is in Full Bloom: Drinking coffee with rose-colored taste buds on

Two years ago in March, the week before restaurants shuttered for the pandemic, I drove down to San Jose to try the desserts at K Cafe Patisserie & Tea House. The interior design is a combination of...
May 18, 2022

Roji Ramen Is a HOG Heaven

Ninna’s closed doors are now open for Roji Ramen Roji Ramen is the perfect place for diners who happen to share a passion for noodle soup and motorcycles. Co-owned by Suradet Detwongya and Chef Atthapon Inkhong, Detwongya is...
May 11, 2022

Korean Superette Is Simply Super: Go for the imported snacks and banchan or sit...

Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman is a favorite recent read of mine. In the novel, a woman comes to the conclusion that she is the soul of the convenience store in which she works. Her identity isn’t...
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