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Scoop: Off The Grid coming to downtown Berkeley

Pelican Po'Boys at Off the Grid Emeryville. Photo: Off the Grid/Facebook
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Food trucks are coming to downtown Berkeley, offering a new option for Sunday lunch.

Off the Grid will launch a food-truck market in Civic Center Park starting Sunday, Sept. 11. The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and offer eight food trucks and live music, along with beer, wine and refreshments from San Francisco bar Lucky 13.

Off the Grid said the rotating line-up of vendors at the new Berkeley location will include Smoke’s Poutine, Canasta, Passione Pizza, Lexie’s Custard, Cupkates, Flavors of Ethiopia, Curry Up Now, Curbside Kitchen, Señor Sisig, and others.

Read more about Off The Grid markets in the East Bay.

The new market represents the fourth time Off The Grid has opened a food truck hub in Berkeley — the three former market all closed down after a couple of years.

Ben Himlan, a spokesman for Off The Grid, said he is hoping the “fourth time is a charm.” He said he felt hopeful about the prospects for the downtown market because of its location next to a park, close to transit and retail. … Continue reading »

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Off The Grid relocates from Uptown to Temescal

Off the Grid food trucks on 10th Street during Friday Nights @ OMCA. Photo: Mark Fiorito, courtesy of Off the Grid
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Off The Grid, the San Francisco-based food-truck organization that has grown to a total 50 markets, is moving its Uptown Oakland market to Temescal. The former, which launched two years ago and is located on Williams Street and Telegraph Avenue, near the Fox Theater, will have its last day on Aug. 11. The new Temescal market will make its debut on Thursday Aug. 18 and run from 4 to 9 p.m., according to OTG.

The Temescal market will take over a block of Shattuck Avenue between 45th and 46th streets, just west of Telegraph. (Oakland’s other Off The Grid market, Lake Merritt, takes place on Friday nights at the Oakland Museum of California.)

Asked about the motivation for the move, Ben Himlan, OTG’s director of business development, said Off the Grid had always been interested in the Temescal neighborhood. “It has changed quite a bit in recent years, and there is a really interesting food scene popping up,” he said.  … Continue reading »

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Bites: Meal Ticket, Cholita Linda, Crêpes A-Go-Go

Meal Ticket, Name that Nosh, Dec. 5, 2012. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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MEAL TICKET ON THE MARKET, NOT CLOSING We hear from Meal Ticket owner Carolyn Del Gaudio that she and her husband and business partner Jimmy Carter are looking to retire. They have put the San Pablo Avenue restaurant on the market, but Del Gaudio is adamant that Meal Ticket will remain open in the interim. She said in a written statement that “they are hoping to find an energetic buyer who would have the passion to either continue … Meal Ticket or honor its legacy by creating another wonderful restaurant in [its] space.” Meal Ticket has been open in its current location since 2001, and itserves a solid menu of breakfast standards and sandwiches, plus an adventurous line-up of daily specials. Its tree-lined backyard patio is one of our favorite spots for sunny day dining. Meal Ticket is at 1235 San Pablo Ave (between Gilman and Harrison streets). Connect with the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.Continue reading »

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Bites: The Butcher’s Son, People’s Café, more

Vegan cojita cheese from The Butcher's Son. Photo: The Butcher's Son/Facebook
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BUTCHER’S SON TO OPEN FEB. 22 At long last, The Butcher’s Son, the vegan butcher shop and deli that originally planned on opening on Solano Avenue, is set to open at 1941 University Ave. The shop announced its opening day, Feb. 22, on its Facebook page. Co-owner Pete Fikaris told NOSH last fall that The Butcher’s Son will be “less bakery” and “more deli,” and it will include dinner service once the deli is up and running. To that end, Fikaris acquired a liquor license for the location and will be serving beer and wine. For now, though, The Butcher’s Son will be in soft opening with more limited daytime hours (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.). It will be serving coffee, bagels, baked goods, cheeses, meats, cannoli and a “few other things.” Everything will be vegan, of course. The Butcher’s Son will be at 1941 A University Ave. (at Bonita Avenue), Berkeley. Connect with the deli on FacebookContinue reading »

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Berkeley’s Off The Grid food truck market to close

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Berkeley’s only Off the Grid food truck market will be holding its last event Feb. 28. The pod, which serves dinner on Sundays at the North Berkeley BART station, has been in operation for just over two years. It announced the news on its Facebook page on Feb. 12.

The market opened after its original North Berkeley location in the Gourmet Ghetto was closed after the city decided it was having a detrimental effect on local brick-and-mortar food businesses and property owners. That market was very popular, drawing hundreds of visitors every week. The reason for the closure of the North Berkeley BART market is unknown. Nosh reached out to Off The Grid’s founder Matt Cohen but had not heard back at press time.

Read more about Off The Grid food truck markets.

Off the Grid also hosted a Berkeley food truck market at Telegraph and Haste from July 2012 to March 2014. When the San Francisco-based Off The Grid pulled the plug on that market, Roland Peterson, then director of the Telegraph Avenue Business Improvement District, said it had suffered a steady decline in the number of customers after its launch, many of whom were UC Berkeley students. … Continue reading »

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Bites: T-Rex BBQ, Café Gratitude, Firebrand, more

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T-REX BBQ TEMPORARILY CLOSED We received several tips that West Berkeley’s T-Rex BBQ has closed. A sign posted on the door reads: “T Rex is closed for the near future due to management changes. We appreciate your patronage, and hope to see you again in the near future.” We confirmed with the restaurant owners that the closure is temporary. It will re-open this afternoon at 4 p.m. For now, T-Rex will only serve dinner on weeknights. It will remain open for brunch through dinner on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant, which serves an array of barbecue styles, had an ownership shuffle in 2012. The original owners, Haig and Cindy Krikorian, of the K2 restaurant group (Lalime’s), sold the business to Matt Sturm, of Fly Bar and Solstice in San Francisco. T-Rex BBQ is at 1300 10th St. (at Gilman Street), Berkeley.Continue reading »

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Bites: Salsipuedes, Crispian Bakery open, more

Shishito peppers, fruit and salt plum from North Oakland's Salsipuedes, which is now in its soft opening. Photo: Salsipuedes
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SALSIPUEDES NOW IN SOFT OPENING Salsipuedes, the long-awaited North Oakland project from Jay Porter, Marcus Krauss and Bradford Taylor is officially in soft opening mode as of August 5. The restaurant will be open for dinner (no reservations) Tuesdays through Saturdays, and has tentatively scheduled a grand opening for August 20. Krauss, who is heading up the kitchen, has developed a menu focusing on “seaside barbecue” and California cuisine; menu highlights include black cod with yuzu ponzu and serrano peppers, corn two ways with salmon roe, and octopus melt bao with Oregon shrimp and cracklings. Wine comes courtesy of Taylor, the owner of Oakland’s Ordinaire wine shop, and it includes coastal and maritime wines from the Pacific, Mediterranean, Adriatic and Sicilian growing regions. Desserts will include creative ice creams (think flavors like fresh corn and nopales) from Luis Abundis of Nieves Cinco de Mayo. Salsipuedes will be at 4201 Market St. (at 42nd Street), Oakland. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.Continue reading »

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Off the Grid food truck market to Walnut Creek

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This month, food truck organization Off the Grid will expand its East Bay presence with a new market in Walnut Creek. The market, which will be located at 1380 N. California Blvd. in the parking lot of a recently closed McDonald’s, will host food trucks for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting July 14.

The rotating line-up will feature nine food trucks each week including Filipino-cuisine ADOruBOwlBacon Bacon, Ceviche & Co, Asian fusion vendor The ChairmanCurry UpNowDrewski’s Hot Rod KitchenGyroStop Kebab GLobsta Truck, and, for dessert, IzzyA’s Frozen Custard and Johnny Doughnuts. There will also be a beer and wine garden provided by LHP Trading Co.

The market will also include a line-up of local bands and musicians to play live music from 6 to 8 p.m. every week. The launch will feature Oakland-based blues rock band Borrowed Trouble. … Continue reading »

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Bites: MeloMelo and Zing Café open in Berkeley

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MELOMELO OPENS ITS DOORS Berkeley residents looking for an alternative bar atmosphere now have a new destination. MeloMelo Kava Bar (pictured above), a coffee- and alcohol-free watering hole, opened softly this past Tuesday. As we reported in September, kava is a Polynesian drink, made from the roots of the kava-kava plant, that has a mild sedative effect. Along with a rotating selection of kava, MeloMelo is serving kombucha on tap and a weekly “kava koncotion” special. You can learn more about the history and science of kava on MeloMelo’s website. MeloMelo Kava Bar is at 1701 University Ave., Berkeley. Connect with MeloMelo on Facebook and Twitter.Continue reading »

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Bites: Box and Bells closes, Haven on pause, more

Meats with sauerkraut (Boudin blanc; corned beef with parsley sauce). Photo: Emilie Raguso
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BOX AND BELLS IS DONE After about 15 months of operation in Rockridge, James Syhabout’s Box and Bells has closed. (Nosh previewed the restaurant in 2013.) The restaurant shut down Wednesday, according to a notice on the company website. Box and Bells, at 5912 College Ave. in Oakland, featured dishes inspired by staff meals at Syhabout’s higher-end Commis — think hearty comfort food like poutine, fried chicken and burgers topped with cheese curds. In an official statement posted on Inside Scoop SF, Syhabout explained that “despite our greatest efforts, the concept simply did not resonate with the neighborhood and result in the success necessary to sustain the restaurant.” Operations at Syhabout’s other Oakland restaurants, the Michelin-starred Commis, Hawker Fare and The Dock at Linden Street, will continue. And the closure appears unlikely to slow him down: Syhabout is gearing up to open a new Hawker Fare location in San Francisco later this month. … Continue reading »

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Off The Grid hosts new Emeryville food truck market

Emeryville Public Market where a new Off The Grid food truck market will launch on Aug. 23. Photo:  Public Market Emeryville
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Off the Grid is launching a new lunchtime market on Saturdays at Emeryville Public Market at 5959 Shellmound St. The first gathering will take place on Saturday Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot near the Public Market’s main entrance.

It’s the second Emeryville location for Off The Grid. A selection of food trucks congregates on Haven Street and Park Avenue on Wednesdays from 11-2pm.

Off the Grid: Public Market Emeryville will offer eight rotating trucks including: Vietnamese specialist Little Green Cyclo, Indian street food purveyor Curry Up Now, Lobsta Truck, We Sushi, Mayo and Mustard, which offers deli sandwiches, German food spot Little Red Riding Truck, falafel and shawarma truck Sajj, Cluck it Up which serves chicken wings, empanada place El Poretno, Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken, and sweet treat spot Garden Creamery. … Continue reading »

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New food truck market coming to Uptown Oakland

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A new weekly food truck market is coming to Uptown Oakland starting next week, on Monday, July 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. It will be the city’s second following the launch in early 2013 of a Lake Merritt market that takes place outside the Oakland Museum of California every Friday evening.

Off the Grid: Uptown Oakland will be located outside The Uptown apartment complex on Williams Street and Telegraph Avenue, near the Fox Theater. Food trucks slated to participate on a rotating basis include Roderick’s BBQ, burger and brunch vendor Doc’s of the Bay, Argentine empanadas specialist El Porteno, sweet treat purveyor Garden Creamery, meat maestros Out of the Cave, sliders and fries guys Whip Out, Japanese crêperie J Shack, Frozen Kuhsterd, Ebbett’s Good to Go, and Mediterranean mavens SAJJ. … Continue reading »

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Telegraph Ave. scrubbed, cleaned in beautification effort

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The deployment of neon-clad “ambassadors” to paint over graffiti, power-wash streets, and sweep sidewalks along Telegraph Avenue is the latest in a series of attempts to revitalize a business district which has seen better days.

The “Big Splash” effort by Kentucky-based firm Block by Block began March 14, kicking off a year-long, $240,000 ambassador pilot program on Telegraph. Ambassadors have been engaged in a similar revitalization effort in downtown Berkeley since early 2012.

Telegraph Avenue — cherished by some for its political history and quirky institutions, and avoided by others for its large transient population and public drug use — has faced steep declines in sales tax revenue over the past several years. Rat-infested empty lots and graffiti-covered vacant storefronts have not helped the situation. … Continue reading »

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