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Café Rouge, a Berkeley institution, will close after dinner service on Dec. 30. This news, and much more, in this week's Bites
Oakland and Berkeley's Restaurant Weeks begin Jan. 14 and run through the end of the month. Over 100 restaurants across the region are participating this year.
Shakewell is a fairly new addition to Oakland's Lakeshore district.
Daniel Patterson's Haven re-opens tonight with a new menu, Oakland's Kingston 11 gets Michelin's attention, and more in this week's Bites.
New wine shops, a Taiwanese spot in Uptown Oakland, kettle corn, BBQ and sour beer… it's a bumper week for East Bay food news.
1. Los Cilantros
Dilsa Lugo opened Los Cilantros at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley in May after running her own catering business under the same name for several years, cooking for high-profile clients such as Isabel Allende along the way. Lugo, who arrived in the Bay Area in 2003 speaking no English, was helped by La Cocina, the nonprofit food business incubator in San Francisco’s Mission district that works with low-income female food entrepreneurs. Now the talented cook is serving up huevos divorciados, torta para desayuno and churros for the breakfast crowd, and carnitas, albondigas and tacos at lunchtime in La Peña’s café space. There’s also a weekend brunch. (See the full Los Cilantros menu.) The Chronicle called Los Cilantros’ slow-cooked barbacoa, which comes with a smoky almond salsa, “absurdly good.” Los Cilantros is at 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. [Read about Lugo’s path to opening her own restaurant.] (more…)
Offal spot Marrow has closed, while Oakland has two new offerings: Shakewell in Lakeshore, and The Half Orange in Fruitvale.
Two former Top Chef contestants are opening a Lakeshore neighborhood restaurant with a focus on Spanish/Mediterranean food.
SliderBar, the Sandwich Spot and Homestead are a few new local spots to put on your list of dining exploration. Get all your latest East Bay food news here.