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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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Bites: 44 Restaurant, Sodoi Coffee, Township, Clove & Hoof

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44 RESTAURANT & BAR  Mark Jones and Ramone Smith have just opened 44 Restaurant & Bar at 3290 Adeline St. in the space that used to be Addie’s Pizza Pie, and was, for a short while, Next Door Restaurant. Jones and Smith moved from a smaller location in Hercules to the 4,000-square-foot Berkeley space. Kenneth Wynn is the executive chef, and the menu is described as “new American.” Next Door, which was opened by Henry Alvarez, the former head of San Francisco’s Housing Authority, and his wife Dionne Roberts, closed a couple of weeks ago and posted a sign saying it was “redecorating/creating a new concept.” Of 44, Berkeleysider Marcus tells us: “The food has always been good at the old location: give them a shot.” 44 is open from 4 p.m. for dinner Wednesdays through Sunday. … Continue reading »

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Off the Grid pulls plug on Southside Berkeley market

Off The Grid Southside Berkeley. Photo: Nancy Rubin
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Tonight is the last night for Off The Grid’s Southside Berkeley food truck market which has been taking place once a week — with a few breaks, a day change, and one slight shift in venue — since it launched in July 2012.

The market, which is on the east side of Haste Street at Telegraph, has seen a steady decline in the number of customers, many of whom have been UC Berkeley students, according to Roland Peterson, director of the Telegraph Avenue Business Improvement District.

“The first few weeks were really popular,” Peterson said, “but it has slowed down a lot since then.” … Continue reading »

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Off The Grid food trucks launch new Berkeley market

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Food truck organization Off The Grid has confirmed it will start a new Berkeley market on Sunday Feb. 9. As expected, the new location is the North Berkeley BART parking lot, and the market, which will feature 10 or more trucks every week, will be open for dinner on Sundays, from 5:00-8:00p.m.

It will be the second weekly food truck gathering for Berkeley. Off the Grid is also on the south side of the Cal campus, at Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street, on Mondays from 5-8 p.m.

Trucks at the Feb. 9 launch will include Koja Kitchen (which recently opened a brick-and-mortar spot on Telegraph Avenue); Kasa India; sliders and fry vendor WhipOut!Liba Falafel (which is slated to open a restaurant in Uptown Oakland this summer); burrito makers Burr-Eatery; and Lexie’s Frozen Custard.Continue reading »

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All systems go for West Berkeley beer/food garden

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The folks behind the Westbrae Biergarten, a beer garden and food truck spot being planned for the corner lot of Gilman and Curtis streets in West Berkeley, have secured their permits — finally — and construction is about to begin on the much-anticipated project.

Two well-known local food trucks — Brazil Café and Roli Roti — have signed up to be regulars at the beer garden which now hopes to open in spring 2014. Brazil Café will have a permanent presence at the site, which hopes to be something like the Hayes Valley Biergarten on Octavia Street in San Francisco, and two other mobile food vendors are also slated to join the line-up. … Continue reading »

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Off the Grid aims for new North Berkeley digs

Off the Grid took place in the Gourmet Ghetto from June 2011 through December 2012. Photo: Art Poskanzer
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The popular food truck event Off the Grid may be headed back to North Berkeley if a deal pending between the organization and BART is successful, officials announced Monday.

According to a statement released by Councilwoman Linda Maio’s office Monday, “An agreement with BART is developing to have food trucks at the North Berkeley BART called ‘Off the Grid.'” … Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new in East Bay food, XXXIV

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BOTELLA REPUBLIC You heard it here first: A new wine bar and shop is coming to downtown Berkeley. Botella Republic (pictured, top) will open on the street level of the Berkeley Central building at 2055 Center St. Owners Christopher Clarke and Lauren Brody-Clarke, a husband-and-wife team, plan to serve small production wines, craft beers and locally sourced artisanal meats and cheeses, as well as seasonal fruits and breads, in a Napa-style dining room. There will be hand-selected old world and new world wines for under $15 per bottle, as well as a reserve selection of small production premium wines. Wines customers will also be able to buy bottles of wine they love to take home. “We will be championing Californian wines within a global context,” said Clarke, who was formerly a design director at the Food Network. Brody-Clarke is an actress who most recently managed a wine shop. The couple, who hail from Brooklyn, have an affinity with Berkeley, Clarke said. He studied at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco and lived in the East Bay, and his family lives here. He cites many reasons for choosing their new location: likeminded folk who love good food, the proximity to wine country, and the accessibility of downtown. “Berkeley is the West Coast equivalent of Brooklyn — we feel we’re making a lateral transition,” he adds. The plan is to open in early 2014. … Continue reading »

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