.Restaurant Review

Mar 12, 2024

Attraros Thai Eatery Joins Swan’s Market

While Pim Soithong attends to customers who walk through the front door of Attraros, her husband, chef Akara Sutraromluck, stands behind the kitchen counter frying up a variety of Thai dishes. Attraros Thai Eatery is the couple’s second restaurant. They opened their first Oakland restaurant, Pintoh, together in 2017.Pintoh’s...
Emeryville's Flores Pairs Tradition with Passion
Dec 12, 2023

Emeryville’s Flores Pairs Tradition with Passion

When Chili’s introduced fajitas to mall-goers everywhere, the chain popularized Tex-Mex dishes across the country. The company made sizzling platters of food a dining trend. But the Chili’s success story also ended dispiritedly, the way most chain...
Oakland's Mensho Innovates Ramen
Nov 29, 2023

Oakland’s Mensho Innovates Ramen

The name of Chef Tomoharu Shono’s latest ramen restaurant, Mensho, combines the Japanese character for “men,” which means “noodle” in Japanese, with the first syllable of Chef Shono’s name. Store manager Abram Plaut believes it’s a good...
Nov 14, 2023


Quesabirria tacos may have started out as a food trend, but they’ve become a fixture at most taquerias. John Bermudez’s family-owned restaurant, Masa, makes an exceptional version of the dish (three for $9.99 + $3 with consomé)....
Good Luck Gato
Nov 7, 2023

Good Luck Gato

Good Luck Gato’s dining room leads with the color red. It’s the color of the bar and the kitchen door that waitstaff walk through as they carry numerous plates to the hungry diners. The neutral walls are...
Kinda Izakaya
Oct 24, 2023

Kinda Izakaya

Kinda Izakaya wouldn’t be out of place in one of Haruki Murakami’s books. When the Japanese novelist constructs a scene that takes place in a bar or restaurant, his settings often become portals for the characters. When...
Matty’s Old Fashioned
Oct 18, 2023

Matty’s Old Fashioned

At Matty’s Old Fashioned, meat’s at the forefront of Chef Matt Horn’s mind. After mastering the art of cooking brisket, spare ribs and pulled pork at Horn Barbecue, his first Bay Area restaurant, Horn’s latest venture doesn’t...
Lexie's Frozen Custard
Oct 11, 2023

Lexie’s Frozen Custard

Lexie LeCount tasted her first frozen custard in Rochester, New York. “I thought it was the best thing I’d ever eaten,” she said. When LeCount describes it to people who’ve never tried it, she tells them, “It’s...
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