Mid-Week Menu: Portal, Township, and So Many Ways to Indulge Your Summertime Sweet Tooth

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Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.

1) As noted on East Bay Dish, Portal (1611 2nd Ave.) opened on Lake Merritt about a week and a half ago, serving vegetable-heavy Northern Californian cuisine with lots of international influences. Co-owner Jennifer Tucci told me one of the restaurant’s biggest selling points is its large (~80-seat) outdoor patio overlooking Lake Merritt. She added that while the restaurant isn’t vegetarian per se, any meat or fish that’s served is sustainably sourced — all of the produce, too, is organic and local. Portal just started serving brunch this past weekend, and on Thursday, August 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the restaurant will be holding a grand opening party with live music, a DJ, and some Lagunitas beer specials.