.Restaurant Review

Sep 27, 2023

Los Cilantros

Chef Dilsa Lugo’s flan de coco ($6) has changed my mind about the dessert. She serves her thrilling version cold, like a frozen custard that’s just as creamy. The liquid caramel on top spills over the sides, carrying a slightly burnt flavor that cuts the sweetness of the flan...
Aug 30, 2023

Italy in Point Richmond

Biancoverde brings Italian to the Hotel Mac Before a leisurely Saturday lunch at the refurbished Hotel Mac, we strolled around Point Richmond’s town square—which is really triangle-shaped. Public art in the shape of aquatic animals lined the sidewalks...
Aug 23, 2023

Alma’s Got Soul

Oakland’s new Mexican cocina goes beyond tacos and burritos Alma’s empanada dough is tender at the center and perfectly crisped around the edges. The chicken tinga ($4) is topped with shreds of iceberg lettuce, queso fresco crumbles, sour...
Aug 16, 2023

3 Bottled Fish

Chef Paulette Tran brings her farmers’ market pop-up to Fruitvale Before she opened 3 Bottled Fish last month in Fruitvale, Paulette Tran operated her Vietnamese pop-up at the San Francisco Stonestown Farmers Market for a decade. When the...
Aug 9, 2023

Upstairs Downstairs

ACRE Kitchen & Bar honors its Oliveto predecessor For nearly four decades, Oliveto was the central anchor point in Rockridge that held both sides of College Avenue in place. Located on the corner across the street from BART,...
Aug 2, 2023

Think Pink

La Esquinita is a new taqueria from Doña Tomás co-founder Thomas Schnetz Barbieland isn’t the only notable source of pink this summer. Thomas Schnetz applies the color in one way or another in all of his restaurants. At...
Jul 26, 2023

Sharing Joy

Café culture is alive and well at Sanaz Shariatzadeh’s Bench Twenty years ago Sanaz Shariatzadeh went to a café in Tehran with her husband Ali. People were gathered together to socialize and the shelves were lined with books....
Jul 19, 2023

Take Me Out

Good hot dogs come out of Left Field Former baseball pitcher Dontrelle Willis has a hot dog named in his honor at Left Field Dogs on the West End of Alameda. The “Dontrelle Willis” is a beef frank...
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