.Restaurant Review

May 28, 2024

Mumu Hot Pot Shares Soups with Options Aplenty

Bay Area chain Mumu Hot Pot recently moved into its fifth location, on the northwest corner of Bay Street Emeryville. Hot-pot dinners aren’t an obvious post-pandemic dining trend or entrepreneurial investment. At the height of Covid closures, restaurants featuring salad bars and buffets were the first to shut their...
Alameda's Park Street welcomes Mo's Wine Bar
Dec 26, 2023

Alameda’s Park Street Welcomes Mo’s Wine Bar

Mo's Wine Bar, located at 1515 Park Street in Alameda, offers a wide variety of classic and natural wines, and will host "Winemaker Wednesday" events featuring local winemakers.
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...
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