restaurants, Ethiopian cuisine would make up a sizable slice. Nearly every neighborhood sports at least one Ethiopian restaurant; Rockridge and Temescal sport a lot. Granted, Oakland is home to one of North America’s largest Ethiopian and Eritrean populations. But face it: East Africans aren’t the only ones wolfing the wat.
Zack Turner’s bar, the Legionnaire, on Telegraph between Grand Avenue and 23rd Street, is truly a brick-and-mortar extension of himself. It’s named in part for his long-running hip-hop crew, Foreign Legion, but also for the historically inclusive modus operandi of that French military service. “They come from all over; they don’t turn anyone away,” says Turner.
One doesn’t generally think of fava beans as part of Mexico’s native culture. In the Bay Area, one’s apt to find them in the springtime, heaped in farmers market stalls and on the menus of local Cal-Ital restaurants. They can be large and starchy, or tender, with a green, fresh taste.
Dining Review: When Shotaro “Sho” Kamio took command of the kitchen at Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant in Oakland in 2006, the food took a dramatic turn for the better. Kamio, who had previously made his mark in San Francisco at Ozumo, expanded his sphere of influence with the opening of the much larger Yoshi’s in the Fillmore District. Last year, he left all that behind to strike out on his own in much more intimate digs, the West Berkeley space long inhabited by the beloved O Chamé.
New and return visits to restaurants on Webster Street, Old Oakland, Uptown, Jack London Square, and Contra Costa County.
Tea isn't just for sipping; you can eat it too, in a tea leaf salad a Thai Noodle, or try it as a savory soup from Numi Organic Tea.
Brian Wood of Starter Bakery introduces Kouign-amann to the Bay Area and launches a trend.
Tah-chin is an elegant, irresistible Iranian treat.
The popular Ramen Shop steps up its cocktail game under head bartender Chris Lane's direction.
Giuseppe Naccarelli opens an ambitious, good-looking Italian restaurant in Alameda's South Shore Center.