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Bites: La PanotiQ, Monster Pho 2, Brooklyn West

Croissants from La PanotiQ. Photo: La PanotiQ/Facebook
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Openings, closings

LA PANOTIQ BERKELEY HAS CLOSED The Berkeley location of the Bay Area bakery and café chain has closed suddenly. A post on La PanotiQ‘s Facebook page read: “We are sorry to announce that our store is temporarily closed until further notice, and are sorry for inconvenience. Join us in our other locations @Campbell, San Francisco (Marina & Noe Valley), Mountain View, Livermore, & Burlingame very soon. You’re always welcome at #lapanotiQ!” La PanotiQ opened in the former location of Padi Restaurant (and Holy Land) Elmwood this spring, serving a selection of French-style sandwiches salads, cakes, pastries, freshly baked bread, coffee and tea. We have reached out to the La PanotiQ owners and will update you as we learn more. … Continue reading »

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Bites: Starline Social Club, Hella Vegan, Pho Ao Sen

Starline Social Club. Photo: Starline Social Club
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STARLINE SOCIAL CLUB REOPENS Oakland’s historic Starline Social Club is once again in operation. The building, on the corner of MLK Jr. Way and West Grand, originally opened as an Odd Fellows Club in 1893; over the past century it has housed a saloon, a dance club, and a social club for the deaf. Until recently, it stood empty. Over the last year, Ramen Shop‘s Sam White and local artists Adam Hatch, Eric Siemens and Drew Bennet, have renovated the space. They finally opened the doors on Wednesday, reports Inside Scoop. This newest iteration of Starline will showcase top-notch food from former Boot & Shoe Service cook Austin Holey, a “creative cocktail” program, and events such as monthly dance parties and live performances. The performance space has been enhanced with a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound system. (The Berkeley acoustics company has most recently re-designed the sound for restaurants Comal and Oliveto.) The club will only be open five days a week, but it will serve food as late as midnight. Starline Social Club is at 2236 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way (at West Grand Avenue), Oakland. Connect with the club on Facebook and Instagram.Continue reading »

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Recently on NOSH: Africa pop-up, quince tart, food trucks

Mimosa Cupcakes. Photo: Moriah VanVleet
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Berkeleyside’s online food magazine NOSH, covering the East Bay, launched in November and publishes many stories every week on restaurant openings, ethnic food finds, news, chefs’ secrets, recipes, and much more. In case you missed them, here are some of the articles that have appeared there in the past few days:

Coming to Rockridge: Jules Thin Crust pizzeria The couple behind this new venture swear being directly opposite Zachary’s will work out just fine for everybody.

Off The Grid food truck market launches in Oakland Just weeks after Off The Grid closed up shop in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto it is making its debut in Oakland on Friday nights outside the Oakland Museum of California. … Continue reading »

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To Die For: A Taste of Africa at Room 389

A Taste of Africa. Photo: Kate Williams
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In the age of instant Internet fame, Wikipedia, and make-or-break online reviews, it is rare to find a truly obscure dining establishment. The Cameroonian pop-up and catering company A Taste of Africa is perhaps one of the few. Sure, it has had its share of press (East Bay Express visited this spring) and has a devoted (albeit small) Yelp following, but the restaurant remains a bit of an enigma. A Taste of Africa has only a meager Facebook page with no pictures; a rarely answered phone number and an address are its only paper trail. Few diners are familiar with the subtly flavored, gently stewed meat and vegetable dishes that make up the cuisine of Cameroon; indeed, many mislabel the food as Caribbean or Moroccan in their Yelp reviews. These visitors express delight and excitement at “discovering” a restaurant and chef who has, in fact, been feeding hungry diners for years. … Continue reading »

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