.Food & Drink

Mar 15, 2023

Go Berserk

Cal Kepner’s Berserk Burger is here to stay The smash burger I ate last week at Cal Kepner’s Berserk Burger was my first. I’d been reading about them for the past couple of years, but postponed an investigation into what all the fuss was about. After trying one of Kepner’s...
Feb 15, 2023

Macondo’s Magic

Arepas and empanadas served with a twist On the way to Alameda’s southern shoreline, the Webster Street retail district is slowly waking up. New restaurants on and off of the main strip have continued to open over the...
Feb 8, 2023

Poppy Bagels

Classic New York bagels have arrived on Telegraph Avenue  On Poppy Bagels’ opening weekend, East Bayers lined up for hours to nab one of Reesa Kashuk’s bagels. When I drove by on Saturday morning, the 9am line looked...
Feb 1, 2023

Saltbreaker, Dream Maker

Bring a sense of adventure when setting out to find this Alameda restaurant   Under the cold winter stars, a beacon of light beamed out of the Alameda darkness. After circling several streets lined by unlit buildings, Saltbreaker appeared...
Jan 25, 2023

Tacos El Último Baile

SEA-SON TO TASTE Fantastic fish tacos in Fruitvale. (Photo by Kim Nies)
Jan 18, 2023

Time to Get Lazy

After Noodle Theory’s doors closed, Lazybird’s opened  When the local restaurant chain Noodle Theory was at its peak, owner Louis Kao was running three different locations. The last one, in Rockridge, closed this past November. In retrospect, Kao...
Jan 11, 2023

Crumble & Whisk

There’s more than just cheesecake at Charles Farriér’s new bakery  Charles Farriér opened the first location of his Oakland bakery, Crumble & Whisk, in December. He also considered closing the shop shortly thereafter. Starting in 2013, Farriér built...
Jan 4, 2023

We All Scream

For the soft serve ice cream at MyGoodness Bear Silber’s pop-up, MyGoodness, was inspired by a Toronto dessert shop he visited in 2016. “Sweet Jesus was making really fancy cones,” Silber recalled. “Instead of including toppings, they would...
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