2022 Northern and Central California Food News and Journalism [SF Bay Area, Northern California, Central California, Northern Nevada]

Jeff Edalatpour in the East Bay Express -

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Although Scott Davidson rotates beers in and out of production, Vonnie Davidson said the Pink Convertible was an instant hit. They brewed a small batch of the beer flavored with hibiscus, in collaboration with Oaktown Spice Shop. “It was such a delicious beer, we immediately brewed a full batch of it,” she explained.

Ocean View Brew Works, open Thurs to Sat 12–9pm, Sun 12–7pm, Mon 2–8pm. Kitchenette 625, open Thurs to Sat 10am–7pm. 627 San Pablo Ave., Albany. 510.280.5127 . oceanviewbrews.com

Brock Keeling in Berkeleyside -

Ceasr Hernandez in the SF Chronicle -

2144 Center St., Berkeley. 510-629-2144
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible.
Noise level: Mild to moderate.
Meal for two, without drinks: $50-$60.
What to order: Combo koobideh ($15.95), chicken barg ($18.95), khoresht bodemjan ($18.95)
Meat-free options: Kashk-e-bademjan ($7.95), aash-e-reshteh ($6.95 for cup), salad-e-shirazi ($7.95), Baghali polo ($7.95), vegan combo koobideh ($20.95), hot tea ($2.50), ice cream ($6.95).
Drinks: Beer, wine and tea.
Best practices: Order a koobideh combo, kashk-e-bademjan, hot tea and ice cream. Book a reservation for larger parties.

Roosevelt Tamale Parlor in the Mission District has closed after 100 years -


Cool :sunglasses:

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Bay Area gas stations with small markets are becoming very interesting food wise. People still need gasoline despite the pandemic, WFH, inflation and this provides foot traffic, standing in line and looking at the food on the counter. Besides this place, there’s the place (upthread) in Sonoma that sells Argentinian empanadas. Small markets/convenience stores are also something to look out for. Kathmandu Market (formerly Fred’s) on Telegraph/Dwight in Berkeley sells hot dosa and egg rolls. In some ways a gas stations/markets are the perfect “pop up” to test and sell food. It’s not the main business but it can add business, be a draw, flexibility…big upgrade from the 3 week hot dog on the roller, or the heat table burrito.


Here in Hayward, we have Habibi’s Birreria inside of a Valero–a Mexican-Middle Eastern mashup.



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New episode of Check, Please! Bay Aea -

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Located in the heart of Union City, Bar Bay Grill brings the heat with their flavorful Asian fusion bar bites served alongside a wide selection of sake, soju, beer and wine. Then, tucked away in downtown Oakland, Rio California brings tropical vibes to historic Preservation Park, serving up both popular Brazilian street foods and classic Caribbean favorites for lunch. Then, in the South Bay, Flowers Saratoga elevates shareable plates with seasonal ingredients and imaginative twists on New American standbys. Finally, reporter Cecilia Phillips heads to Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood to check out Korner Oakland, a unique commissary kitchen with rotating vendors, a sizable cocktail bar, and an ample outdoor dining space.