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Nosh Box: Tasting Cuba Libre

If there’s a national Cuban dish it’s clearly ropa vieja. This is shredded flank steak that has been brazed in a zesty tomato-paste and beef-broth sauce. Throw in onions, bell pepper and garlic, then season with cumin and cilantro. Finally, a dash of olive oil and vinegar are added for mouth-feel and balance. But ironically, most Cubans don’t eat it, because beef is controlled by the state in Cuba, and is too expensive for the natives.
March 1, 2019

The Importance of the Pop-Up Pathway

These mini food incubators that celebrate food diversity in the East Bay allow restaurateurs to create a brand and build a following in a less-risky manner than an all-out brick-and-mortar outpost.
February 19, 2019

Cholita Linda Introduces Latin Street Food to Alameda

The Park Street outpost offers refined, budget-friendly, Peruvian-accented fast-casual cuisine with stellar Baja tacos.
February 15, 2019

Marica Gets Reinvented as a Pizza Parlor

Pizza Marica elevates pizza to a higher level, with thin crusts and fanciful ingredients like lobster and filet mignon.
February 1, 2019

Bardo Lounge & Supper Club Is One High-Concept Enterprise

The Lakeshore Avenue eatery — also a craft cocktail paradise — resembles a mid-century dinner party, and you want in on this action.
January 11, 2019

Explore Two Treasure Island Eating Outposts

MerSea and Aracely inhabit a new frontier well worth exploration.
December 14, 2018

Lila Owens Expands the Cupcakin’ Bake Shop Empire

Unusual flavors and lovely presentation distinguish these small, sweet wonders.
December 7, 2018

Meat Comes First at Belcampo

The Jack London Square restaurant and butcher shop is pricey, but the portions suit serious meat-loving eaters.
November 16, 2018

It’s a Wild, Wild World of Burgers

There are more types in the East Bay than you can imagine: Our selective guide to classics, far-out versions, unburgery burgers, and chain options.
November 12, 2018

Gastropig Tries Serving Abstract Table Dishes

The popular Uptown restaurant lets artist-chefs Andrew Greene and Duncan Kwitkor experiment with a forward tasting menu series.
November 9, 2018