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Benchmark Chef Loves Asparagus

Let asparagus, burrata, and green garlic grace your table.

Mama’s Royal Café Stays True to Its Roots Under New Owners

It’s still a funky Oakland institution.

The Halal Guys Opens in Berkeley

The super-popular chain opened its second Northern California location in late January near downtown BART.

Belotti Serves an Extensive Grappa Collection

The tiny College Avenue restaurant currently features 13 grappas made by Vittorio Capovilla, the mad scientist of artisanal grappa producers.

Bomba Rice Is the Bomb at La Marcha

Valencia’s most popular dish, arroz al horno, is a regular feature on the tapas restaurant’s menu, and it’s delicious.

Roses’ Taproom in Temescal Softens the Pub Image

Hillary Huffard and husband Luke Janson, both Alamedans, choose to create a lighthearted, approachable brewery.

Pea Shoots Gaining Popularity

Burma Superstar’s wok-tossed pea shoots serve as a fine complement to curries and noodles.

Michael LeBlanc Lands in Hayward With PLāYT

The New Orleans native puts a ‘Sideways Southern’ comfort food spin at the heart and soul of his Picán-bred PLāYT menu.

Nosh Box: As Irish as Kung Pao Chicken

Named for the Roman god of war, month-wise, March shows a checkered past and offers a mottled future. Julius Caesar was stabbed on the Ides of March. Despite this timing, the month of July—and not the salad—remains his principal namesake. March has emerged as the center of the U.S. collegiate basketball universe. This month an annual bracketed tournament for 68 teams will crown a national champion through competitive elimination, aptly dubbed “March Madness.” On the religious front, Easter sometimes occurs as early as March 22, and Passover often begins in March. Weather-wise, March is the first month of spring. As to festivities, it’s the month when Americans celebrate National Nutrition, Women’s History, Fire Prevention, the American Red Cross, and—on March 17—St. Patrick’s Day.

Cantina Del Sol Plies Margs and Mexican Food

An Albany newcomer from The Star folks, this Solano Avenue Mexican restaurant wants to take care of you.