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Nosh on the town: Doukkala in Temescal

Doukkala, Oakland. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Doukkala in Oakland.

Owner Jamal Zahid has reimagined his Temescal restaurant space — which formerly was called Tanjia — under the leadership of a new chef who has recreated the menu to feature “Moroccan-inspired California cuisine.” Executive Chef Eric Lanvert has “deep roots” in the Bay Area, having worked at or owned a number of San Francisco restaurants, including Rue Saint Jacques and Cote Sud. Local, farm-fresh organic ingredients are the rule, and most dishes can be ordered as half- or full-sized portions. Chorizo-stuffed squid, mussels in saffron broth and day boat scallops were among the highlights during a pair of recent visits. … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Sukho Thai in Rockridge

Sukho Thai, Oakland. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Sukho Thai in Oakland.

A relative newcomer to Rockridge, Sukho Thai is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, which already boasts many fantastic restaurants to choose from. Sukho Thai opened last fall several blocks south of the Rockridge BART station; those familiar with the neighborhood may recall the previous business, Pearl of Siam, which closed last June after 25 years.

Friendly service, cozy surroundings and outstanding flavors set this Thai restaurant a cut above many others in the area. The flavors pop, with the right amount of heat on the spicy dishes, a satisfying firmness in the cooked vegetables, and masterful seasonings that make each dish memorable. Portions are ample enough for leftovers, especially if your party is small and you want to try a few dishes. Save room for a sweet treat for dessert. … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Great China in Berkeley

Great China in Berkeley, California. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Great China in downtown Berkeley.

Long considered among the best Chinese restaurants in the area, Great China opened in its current location in December after a fire closed its doors at its prior downtown Berkeley home. It took nearly two years to plan and complete the new space on Bancroft Way, which is large and modern, and has roughly 50% more space than before. Even with the increased space, lines are a common sight. … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Duende in Uptown Oakland

Duende in Oakland. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Duende in Uptown Oakland.

Ever since Duende opened in January 2013, the restaurant has drawn crowds and won acclaim for its stylish digs, creative menu and professional service. Paul Canales, husband of Ici Ice Cream-owner Mary Canales, has created an impressive menu featuring small plates and Spanish food. Next door, diners can enjoy coffee, churros and a more limited menu during the day at a small, but beautifully appointed, bodega, which also features a selection of olive oils for purchase. (The bodega recently added lunch to its offerings.) Paul Caneles’ name is likely familiar to many East Bay diners for his 15 years at Oliveto restaurant on College Avenue, where he started as an intern and ended as executive chef. Upstairs at Duende, Canales has teamed up with Rocco Somazzi to bring an eclectic mix of musicians to an intimate performance space. Read more about Duende on Nosh.

Duende Restaurant & Bodega is located at 468 19th St. in Oakland. If you’ve sampled the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Centouno in Jack London Square

Centouno. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Centouno in Oakland’s Jack London Square.

Owner Fabio Dalle Vacche has teamed up with his mother, Luigina Delfino — who’s been cooking for 40 years — to launch a cozy, rustic and stylish Italian restaurant on Broadway just north of Jack London Square. Dalle Vacche drew inspiration from his family’s trattoria, just outside Parma, Italy, and has state-side experience opening Borgo Italia in Old Oakland and consulting for restaurants in New York City. Dalle Vacche goes out of his way to make diners comfortable. Dishes are “an homage” to Delfino’s long culinary history, and reasonably priced to boot. Via the restaurant website, “Using only the best ingredients, her recipes are unassuming, delicious and served the way she does in her own kitchen. Not distracted by unneeded garnish, the food is rustic, cooked with love and speaks for itself.” See the initial menu here to get a sense of the offerings, but items do change.

Centouno, at 101 Broadway, at the Embarcadero in Oakland, opened in December, and Nosh was invited for a complimentary meal for two to try it out. If you’ve sampled the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Vientian in Oakland

The nam kao appetizer — deep fried rice mixed with ground pork and coconut, served with lettuce and mint leaves — is not to be missed at Vientian Café in Oakland. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Vientian Café in East Oakland.

Vientian features a mix of Lao, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine at reasonable prices in a casual atmosphere. The combination of fresh, unique flavors at budget prices make this a neighborhood favorite, but also worth a special trip. Parking is easy. “Angel wings” and papaya salad are other menu favorites.  … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Bourbon & Beef on College Ave.

Bourbon & Beef. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Bourbon & Beef on College Avenue close to the Oakland-Berkeley border.

Executive chef and co-owner Munther Massarweh serves up a Latin-inspired meat-focused menu made with seasonal ingredients that are “often” locally sourced, sustainable and organic. The location previously housed Water Lounge and Raw Bar. See the dinner menu here. Weekend brunch items, from $14-$16, include huevos rancheros; pan dulce (stuffed French toast with jalapeño sweet cream); and salmon Florentine. The beverage menu includes an international wine list with more than 71 vintages, about 18 of which are available by the glass. A range of cocktails are a specialty of the house, and at least 20 types of bourbon are poured. … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Barkada Bakery in Oakland

Barkada Bakery in Oakland recently launched brunch and dinner menus. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Barkada Bakery and Café on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. The restaurant opened in May with an extensive in-house bakery and a range of espresso and coffee drinks made with beans from Oakland’s Scarlet City Coffee Roasting. … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Bleecker Bistro in Berkeley

The "two eggs special" with home fries and a side of bacon at Bleecker Bistro ($7). Photo: Emilie Raguso
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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 »

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Nosh on the town: FuseBOX launches Sunday brunch

The "Eggs Benny" at FuseBOX: poached eggs with chicken apple sausage on an English muffin with a "go chu jang" hollandaise sauce. Photo:
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on FuseBOX, which is launching a new Sunday brunch menu this weekend.

We featured FuseBOX earlier this year after it opened. The West Oakland restaurant has quickly become a favorite East Bay spot due to its creative cuisine, friendly service and hip, cozy atmosphere. A bonus: parking is easy.

Hours have shifted in recent months but, beginning Tuesday, lunch will be served Thursdays and Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with happy hour Wednesday through Saturday, 3:30-5:30 p.m., dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m., and now Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Note: Prices had not been set at the time of this preview and the menu may change over time.

If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.)

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Nosh on the town: Desco in Old Oakland

Desco Oakland. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Desco, at 499 Ninth St., in Old Oakland. The restaurant, which emphasizes seasonally fresh, ingredient-driven regional Italian cuisine, is overseen by executive chef Donato Scotti, who grew up in Italy. The 50-seat dining room has rustic wooden furnishings and a vintage brick wall, which contribute to a comfortable, old-world feel. Outdoor sidewalk seating and a copper-topped bar add to the decor. Desco is open daily: Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 3-9 p.m. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.)

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Nosh on the town: Venga Paella in Oakland

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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Venga Paella, at 229 Brush St., in Oakland. This former catering company now has a brick-and-mortar location with a 49-seat dining room, a reclaimed redwood bar and other rustic accents. Don’t miss the Spanish Revolution-themed posters and the chef’s table. Venga Paella serves lunch Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Fridays, there’s also happy hour from 4-6 p.m. with extended dinner service until 9 p.m. Street parking is readily available. For more information or for reservations, call 510-628-0018 or visit www.vengapaella.com. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.)

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Nosh on the town: Homestead on Piedmont Avenue

Homestead, August 2013, Oakland, CA. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Homestead, which opened on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland in August. After a major renovation that brightened up the old Zatis space at 4029 Piedmont, Homestead is a welcome addition to the avenue with its focus on local, seasonal and organic fare. Husband-and-wife team Fred and Elizabeth Sassen have, between them, worked at Camino, Farallon and Waterbar. The menu changes often and many of the products, from the charcuterie to the pasta, are made in-house. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »

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