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It’s probably less of a surprise that a stylish, all-things-vegan shop has opened in Berkeley than the fact that it took so long to happen.
Republic of V opened less than three weeks ago on University Avenue east of Sacramento Street, and has won fast approval from vegans around the area.
“If you’ve ever been to Rainbow and felt like you were in a vegan toy store, your mind will be blown at Republic of V,” said one Yelper. Wrote another, “Vegan dreams are made a reality at this store!”
Recent Berkeley transplants Joe Haptas and Noelle Callahan opened Republic of V in mid-February, and have a grand opening celebration planned for March 16. Expect free tastings, “name that ingredient” food contests, team trivia, Gong Show-inspired festivities and more. … Continue reading »
Berkeley may be a foodie’s idea of heaven, but just one of the city’s restaurants made it into a recently released Top 100 restaurants in the country ranking — and it’s not the one you probably thought of first.
The list is is something of a riposte to more elevated rankings like the Michelin Guide, in that it is based on the views of the ordinary man or woman on the street rather than food critics. … Continue reading »
Think you know food in the East Bay? Prove it by naming the restaurant and dish in the comments section below to win our latest contest. Continue reading »
TIERRA MIA COFFEE This new coffee spot that we tipped you about in December is now open for business on the ground floor of the historic I. Magnin & Company building at the corner of Broadway and 20th Street, next to the Oakland 19th Street BART station. It’s the Californian coffee chain’s second Bay Area store — it opened on Mission Street in San Francisco last July. The founder is Ulysses Romero, a 1999 UC Berkeley alum. Tierra Mia Coffee (pictured above) roasts its own micro-lot coffee and signature drinks include the Mocha Mexicano, Horchata Latte, Coco Loco Latte, Cubano con Leche, Horchata Frappe and Mojito Mint Tea Lemonade. … Continue reading »
Despite the fact that the Ming’s Chinese Food sign still hangs proudly above the small storefront on the corner of Alcatraz and Martin Luther King, it’s clear that the restaurant is no longer selling stir-fries. Instead of take-out menus and lucky fish tanks, there’s now an array of Mardi Gras beads and hot sauce bottles lining the windowsill. A precociously dressed mannequin stands watch at the door. And several sandwich board signs line the sidewalks up and down the block directing passers-by to the one and only Easy Creole, the über casual restaurant that has been serving informal Louisiana cuisine in the former Ming’s space since last spring. … Continue reading »
Craft beer aficionados in the East Bay have had much to celebrate over the past few years with a veritable explosion of new spots specializing in small production, handcrafted beers from across the country and around the world — many of which serve delicious bites too.
Think The Trappist, Beer Revolution, Hog’s Apothecary, Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Room, Moxy Beer Garden, The Mead Kitchen, and more (check out Berkeleyside Nosh’s drinking map for a sense of what’s out there).
And evidence suggests the craft beer phenomenon is still on the upswing, with more beer destinations slated to open this year, including Westbrae Biergarten in Berkeley, and, in Oakland, Fruitvale Fermentation Factory from Ale Industries, The Good Hop Bottle Shop on Telegraph, and a new Drakes Brewery destination in the Hive development at the corner of Broadway and 23rd Street.
Perhaps the most compelling evidence that beer is where it’s at is to be found in Alameda, however, where Du Vin Fine Wines, an established player in the local wine scene for the past 12 years, has just morphed into Craft Beer & Wine. … Continue reading »
January offers lots of special menus in Berkeley and Oakland for diners looking to explore the area’s eating options with “Restaurant Week” campaigns planned in both cities.
The event features “signature lunch and dinner menus and value-added offers,” according to organizers. (See an interactive map of Berkeley and Oakland Restaurant Week locations in the story below.)
Oakland Restaurant Week runs from Jan. 17-26 with prix fixe lunches or dinners costing $20-$40. A similar event is happening in Berkeley from Jan. 17-31. Berkeley Restaurant Week will feature prix fixe lunch menus for $15-$20, and dinners for $20-$30.
In 2013, Berkeleyside Nosh celebrated its one-year anniversary, and we’re looking forward to bringing you even more local restaurant news this year. Before 2013 recedes too far in the rear view, we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of our best stories and biggest happenings in East Bay restaurants over the past year. (We’ve included a few places that opened in late 2012, as well, as we didn’t do a round-up last year. Click any of the links below to see complete past coverage of places you want to learn more about.) Make sure not to miss our weekly Bites feature for all the latest restaurant news in Oakland, Berkeley and beyond.
Ten years ago, Lodo “Lama” Rabten had vague dreams of owning his own restaurant, but the recent Nepalese immigrant knew only a few words of English and next to nothing about cooking. New to the Bay Area in 2002, he scored a job bussing tables at Fonda, foodie couple Haig and Cindy Krikorian’s upscale Mexican restaurant on Berkeley’s Solano Avenue. A hard worker with an intuitive eye for fresh produce, Lama quickly caught the attention of his bosses and began working his way up the restaurant ranks, first as produce shopper for the restaurateurs and, a few years later, as the manager at their 6th Street café, Jimmy Bean’s.
When the Krikorians began selling pieces of their small Berkeley empire – including T-Rex Barbecue and the now defunct Sea Salt – Lama was a natural successor. He bought Jimmy Bean’s at the beginning of September, changing the name to, what else, Lama Bean’s, but little else. … Continue reading »
Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on The Bleecker Street Bistro on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Owner Jason Kwon, who bought the restaurant (formerly Ann’s Kitchen) at 2498 Telegraph, offers simple food done right at affordable prices he says he hopes will bring regulars in to dine on a frequent basis.
The airy, sunny space is a pleasant place to watch the street life on Telegraph, and the menu includes many items that will be a hit for diners on a budget. Many of the breakfast items, which include egg dishes, pancakes and breakfast bagels, cost less than $8. Lunch offerings include burgers, sandwiches, burritos and quesadillas, and are in the same price range. … Continue reading »
KOJA KITCHEN OPENS We told you about Korean-Japanese fusion food truck KoJa Kitchen opening a brick and mortar place last month. Now it’s here. The restaurant, on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, is designed to appeal to nearby Cal students and anyone on the lookout for their signature comfort-food menu items, according to Eater SF. These include kamikaze fries (crosscut fries topped with Korean BBQ Beef, kimchi, green onions, and drizzled with signature sauce and Japanese sweet mayo); beef burger with a pressed rice bun; short rib koja; chicken with pineapple koja; and mochimisu dessert. KoJa Kitchen is at 2395 Telegraph Avenue (at Channing); Tel: 415-992 7394. … Continue reading »
When David Salowich, the buyer for the three Bittersweet Cafés — in Rockridge, downtown Oakland and Berkeley — sent out an email asking for volunteer chocolate tasters, I responded within 30 seconds. Other people have dreams of being an astronaut; for me, being a chocolate taster sounds about as good as it gets. What could be more wonderful for a chocoholic than tasting chocolate for a living?
I am not alone in my passion for chocolate. According to research firm Markets and Markets, the global chocolate market will be worth $98.3 billion a year by 2016. The United States makes up about 20% of worldwide consumption, with the largest growth coming from Asia.
And chocolate adoration is nothing new. The residue of cacao beans, the basis of all chocolate, has been found in excavated pots from 1400 BCE. Research indicates that cacao beans were used as currency in pre-modern Latin America. The first chocolate bar was made in 1847 and the bars began showing up in the United States in 1851.It has been a love affair ever since. … Continue reading »