Posts for January 4, 2013

Eat Replaces Sea Salt Tonight in Berkeley; Miss Pearl’s Closes Sunday

Mission: Here's the cocktail list for Hi Lo BBQ, due to open this month. [Alcademics]
Castro: An unnamed Mexican restaurant, very likely La Fajita on Market, is for sale. [Craigslist via Eater]
Oakland: Sunday is the swan song for Miss Pearl's in Oakland. As reported earlier, Lungomare, from Chop Bar's Chris Pastena, will take its place later this year. [Scoop, Earlier]
Berkeley: Sea Salt, which closed after New Year's Eve, is already reopening tonight as Eat, under the same executive chef. [Earlier]

First Look at Ramen Shop, Opening Tonight in Rockridge

Ramen Shop (5812 College Avenue), the new Oakland venture from Chez Panisse alums Rayneil De Guzman and Sam White, along with partner Jerry Jaksich, opens tonight at long last. The much anticipated restaurant had a soft opening of sorts on New Year's Eve, but tonight is the first full service, and we now have some photos of the interior for you — remodeled since its days as Tachibana.

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Off the Grid Adds New Semi-Weekly Lunch Market at Pier 29

Off the Grid announced this week that they're adding a new Thursday and Saturday food truck hub at Piers 27/29 which will launch Thursday, January 10. The idea is to provide a new lunchtime option along the Embarcadero with waterside seats for the America's Cup finals, which will happen in September. The featured trucks for next week's launch will be the Tres Truck, Mayo & Mustard, Sanguchon, and Kasa Indian, and they'll be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find more trucks there every Thursday and Saturday thereafter, for at least two months, or until further notice.

Boer Impressed With Belli in Berkeley; Hirsch Is Pleasantly ‘Surprised’ By Bubble Lounge

Belli Osteria

Nicholas Boer provides the Chron's review of Belli Osteria, the new ravioli-focused restaurant in downtown Berkeley. He's impressed, overall, with both the ravioli and the service, and says that several of the secondi plates are "excellent" too, including the duck and a charred lamb loin. He finds that first-time chef-owner Paul Oprescu needs to work on his consistency, however, and found some dishes less great during lunch service. All in all, he gives them a respectable two and a half stars. [Chron]

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AQ’s Fire-Driven Spinoff Gets a Name: TBD

It's a cheeky choice, but AQ owner Matt Semmelhack tells Eater that he and chef Mark Liberman have settled on a name for their upcoming, next-door restaurant, due to open in the fall at 1077 Mission. It's TBD. No, that's really the name. TBD. And yes, this could turn into a 'who's on first' situation. The décor is going to be more "masculine" than AQ, with a vintage summer camp feel including red oil lamps, and the menu is still up in the air. Suffice it to say, meats, fish, and veggies (and perhaps pizza?) cooked in the fire, and a lower price point than AQ. [Eater, Earlier]

Bar Tartine Closed for Renovations Until Next Week

If you're trying to get to Bar Tartine for lunch today, or looking to take a friend out for goulash this weekend, you will be out of luck. The restaurant is closed until next Wednesday, January 9, for some renovations, and to give tireless chef Nick Balla a much deserved break.

The Forge, a New Pizzeria, Opening at Jack London Square in Late January

One of Krupman's pies.Photo: Courtesy of The Pizza Hacker.

In September we first heard about The Forge, the new Oakland wood-fired pizza spot and beer hall from partners Bob Burke (Pat Kuleto Restaurant Group) and Michael Karp (Barbacoa, Table 24). The place is now set to open on or around January 25 at 66 Franklin Street, and it features outdoor seating with fire pits that can double as pizza ovens. The chef team consists of Jeff Krupman (a.k.a. The Pizza Hacker), who's been slinging pies on S.F. streets for several years using a modified Weber grill; Jeff Hayden, who's worked at Boot & Shoe Service and Dopo; and Jeff Amber, former executive chef at XYZ, Chow, and Moose's.

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A New Oyster Bar Opens on Mission

Mission Street between 18th and 19th just got a new seafood spot over the holidays called Mission Street Oyster Bar (2282 Mission Street). As the Scoop reports, the space is "pretty bare bones," with a bar and some tables and walls painted in watery hues. And the chef-owner is Fredy Gamez, an Anchor Oyster Bar vet. There are various fried dishes and seafood platters to choose from (and a couple misspellings) on the menu, and prices appear pretty reasonable. [Scoop]

Check Out the Full Field Guide to Dim Sum in the Lucky Peach Chinatown Issue

Issue Five of Lucky Peach is now on sale, and this time it's all about Chinatown. S.F.'s own Danny Bowien and Martin Yan are both featured prominently, and BuzzFeed this week brings us a full reprint of the "Essential Guide to Dim Sum." It's a handy and informative primer, covering everything from siu mai to steamed buns to chicken feet. The guide was written by Carolyn Phillips, who has a book about Chinese cuisine coming out from McSweeney's in 2014. [BuzzFeed]

Patrick Dempsey Buys Tully’s Coffee Chain for $9 Million

National treasure.

Rejoice: Patrick Dempsey has succeeded in his heroic mission to save Tully's Coffee, a Seattle-based company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. "We met the green monster, looked her in the eye, and ... SHE BLINKED! We got it! Thank you Seattle!" McDreamy tweeted last night. (Somewhere, Hugh Jackman is brooding.)

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Quick Update on the eVe Team’s Upcoming Project

When they announced a year ago that they were closing their small but ambitious restaurant eVe on University Avenue, Berkeley chefs (and Chicago transplants) Chris and Veronica Laramie said that they had a bigger project in the works with some investors already on board. Since then, they've turned the eVe space into the popular Peruvian-style rotisserie Brasa, and Veronica's become pregnant with her first child, so she tells us that the bigger restaurant has been put on the back burner for now — probably for another year.

Subway Clerk Threatens to Kill Man Who Wanted Ketchup on His Cheesesteak

Eat fresh, but watch your back.

A man named Luis Martinez was feeling hungry on Tuesday night, so he went to the Subway shop inside his local Orange Country, Florida (of course), Wal-Mart and proceeded to order a Philly cheesesteak with American cheese, onions, and ketchup. That's when things went horribly wrong.

"That's when I flew off the handle." »


Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

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    “Billy's Philly”

    Billy is only there after 5 pm but if you are around go there and ask for his billy philly, the best philly you'll find this side of the Mississippi.

  • Le P'tit Laurent See the menu

    “Elegant Sauces & Fabulous Bread”

    It is the place me and my love go for every intimate moment.

  • Hidive See the menu

    “Are you kidding?”

    You have to be totally drunk to think that this is even acceptable as a public watering hole.


Jay Barmann
NY Mag