.John Birdsall

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Aug 9, 2016

Michelin Man: James Syhabout

The noise at the corner of 25th Street and Northgate in Uptown is a blast of a hundred tires on freeway concrete, eclipsed only...
Oct 12, 2011

A Berkeley Institution Gets Reinvented

All I remember about Joshu-ya Sushi Bar when I was a student at Cal, decades ago: a sun-faded, bamboo roll-up fence enclosing a patio...
Oct 5, 2011

Addie’s Pizza Pie Gets a Re-Do

A restaurant review, a former editor liked to say, is a snapshot in time. Kitchens change: staff moves on, recipes change, ingredients move in...
Oct 5, 2011

Boffo, a Crossfit in Progress

Rhasaan Fernandez is tall and rangy, with dark, heavy-lidded eyes that look perpetually sleepy, and with good reason. These days the 32-year-old chef is...
Oct 2, 2011

Glory Day: Rockridge Street Fair, Market Hall Picnic Converge Oct. 9

Rockridge used to be the center of East Bay high-end restaurant culture but no more. All through last decade, the neighborhood grew older, better...
Oct 2, 2011

New Talent Lifts Addie’s Pizza

A restaurant review, a former editor liked to say, is a snapshot in time. Kitchens change: staff moves on, recipes change, ingredients move in...
Sep 28, 2011

Oakland’s Top Ten

A little more than two years ago, some observers were announcing the death of the San Francisco restaurant scene. The city went dark, they...
Sep 28, 2011

Oakland’s Pickle Champ

I was asked to be a judge last week during the annual Eat Real Festival in Jack London Square, on a panel evaluating DIY...
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