Restaurant Review

Simple and Tasty: Alameda’s Tahina offers Mediterranean cuisine...

Jeffrey Edalatpour dines at Tahina and speaks with self-taught chef Rumtin Rahmani about his unique menu and bringing Greek yogurt to a deprived strip of Alameda.

A Tasty Hybrid: Piedmont’s Pizzeria Violetta serves up pies...

Jeffery Edalatpour visits Pizzeria Violetta and discovers what makes them so unique. "I tried a slice of the 'Sweet Little Pig' and one of the 'Cali Street Corn Pizza.' Ruppert, who currently cooks at the restaurant every day, puts candied bacon with brown sugar on the “pig” pizza. The sweetness nicely complements the pepperoni, basil and tomato sauce," he writes.

Artfully Authentic: Las Delicias’ Salvadoran-Mexican fusion expands the potential...

Las Delicias serves Mexican food for several reasons. “We know that, especially in California, people love tacos and burritos,” Nelson says. “But we’re serving a Salvadoran-Mexican fusion—the food that we know best—that we can combine with typical Mexican dishes we know people love.”

Wine and Dine: Downtown Wine Merchants make cuisine and...

Jeffrey Edalatpour visits Oakland's Downtown Wine Merchants and speaks with co-owner Susanné Breen about their cuisine and selection of domestic wines. “They have to be from California, Oregon, Washington; some are from New York,” she says.

For the People: Twins Halal House & Bakery is...

Jeffrey Edalatpour visits Oakland's Twins Halal House & Bakery and speaks with chefs Farida and Mohammad Nabizada on making savory traditional foods that are "a wakeup call for a sleepy palate.".

Family Affair: Mother and son join forces to bring...

Jeffrey Edalatpour visits Berkeley's Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar, where Suzanne Drexhage oversees the menu and is the administrator, while her son, Sam Sobolewski, runs the front of the house and is in charge of their beverage program. Now in a new location, their admirable and enviable family business continues to thrive and evolve.

Mohammad Abutaha’s uptown restaurant offers traditional foods with special...

Jeffrey Edalatpour visits Uptown's Shawarmaji and sits with Chef Mohammad Abutaha to discuss food, family, his Jordan upbringing, and the innovations he's bringing to traditional foods from his Oakland influences and access.

The Clock Is Still Ticking

Jeffrey Edalatpour visits Crockett's Wanda's Restaurant and talks with Chef Clara Yun about the benefits of baking traditional sweets for updated palates in a classic rustic setting.

Home Plate

Jeffrey Edalatpour visits Wawa Thai Food and speaks with Chef Wawa Maneewan about curry bases and her humble, yet noble ambitions as a restaurateur.

Safe Bette’s

Jeffrey Edalatpour waxes poetic about West Berkeley Fourth Street's favorite diner and how it survived during these tumultuous, uncertain, and constantly shifting years.

Sweet

Jeffrey Edalatpour reviews El Cerrito's PennDel's Bakehouse and, along with a captivating and cozy decor, discovers some of the best lemon squares in the world, albeit with an extremely short shelf-life. Get 'em while they're hot!

Roasted and Raw

Jeffrey Edalatpour welcomes vegan Chef Imani Greer's Roasted and Raw to Oakland's Jack London Square as they discuss the vast differences in access to healthy food choices between "The Town" and the burgeoning tech-hub of his former home, Atlanta, GA.

Best Name Ever

In “Best Name Ever,” food-writer Jeffrey Edalatpour covers the magical culinary getaway that is San Pablo Harbor’s Black Star Pirate BBQ. With a name like that, only undeniably cool sh*t can follow.

Oh, Yes

Jeffrey Edalatpour checks out the first Hawaiian bakery in the East Bay and learns how a local mini-mart sensation turned into a one-of-a-kind experience in sweetness.
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