Oakland news and notes 2018

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Luke Tsai in San Francisco Magazine:

La Casita
3659 Foothill Blvd. (Near Harrington Ave.), Oakland, 510-261-4260
Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Fri.–Sun. 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mon. 7 a.m.–2 p.m.



Cost: $45-$65
Age: 21+

Bacon and Beer Festival
Saturday, Mar. 10, 2:30-5pm | Jack London Square

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Up until about a year ago, the La Casita location was Taqueria Campos and run by Ana Maria Campos who retired and turned over the stoves to her nephew, Nolberto Martinez Jr. Linked below is an article by John Birdsall from 2014 about birria, menudo and posole at Campos and the Jalisco origins of much of the Mexican cooking in the Fruitvale District of Oakland.

Menudo, birria, posole: In restaurants all over Fruitvale, you’ll find this Jalisco trinity enshrined — it speaks to the area’s roots. In the mid-20th century, workers recruited from Jalisco to work the Oakland rail yards settled first in West Oakland, then in East Oakland, on residential blocks that feed into International Boulevard (originally East 14th Street) between Fruitvale Avenue and High Street. By the 1980s, East 14th Street had become the major artery sustaining East Bay Latino life, a public expression of family, food and culture, preserving the taste of Jalisco’s towns and farms.


2301 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612


open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.


I’m putting this article about a new San Leandro restaurant in the Oakland news thread because they are adjoining cities.

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It’s in Alameda not Oakland but close enough.

Wild Ginger
1239 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501


And they are now open:


Sat., April 7, 12 p.m.

Esports Arena
255 2nd Street

Dyafa is now open for lunch. The lunch menu is pretty simple and similar to Reem’s. Look forward to their dinner offerings.

Based on their latest Instagram post, it looks like the soft opening for Utzutzu in Alameda is scheduled for 4/19

Groundbreaking opening ceremony and community blessing this Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., featuring music, soul food, talks from community leaders and more.

Chronicle reports that Farmhouse Kitchen is expanding to JLS. They will have two branches in Oakland then (Daughter Thai).

Tay Ho
344 12th St., Oakland
Hours: Tue.–Sat. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., 5:30–9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cash, all major credit cards

Sample Menu
House special bánh cun … $10.95
Bánh kht … $12
Kon Tum beef salad … $15
Coconut catfish curry … $16
Ch cá lã vng … $19

My local dinner haunt, Benchmark Pizzeria in Kensington, is expanding into the old Desco space (499 9th Street). Expected to open this summer. They’ll have a full bar here!

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Does anyone know if Dyafa is serving dinner type dishes yet? Its says its open for dinner, but I only heard media coverage about them serving lunch and Reem’s-type dishes initially.

According to SF Eater, Reem’s Dyafa is starting dinner service tonight, Friday April 27. I haven’t been there yet.

hmmmph, getting pricier at the JLS space…! The Shakriyah/ mansaf is $32, more than double the mansaf at Santa Clara Holyland! but then again Holyland has no ambiance to speak of.

$42 a main is pretty steep. Yes its a whole fish. But that’s getting into star territory.

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The braised lamb shank at Dyafa in Oakland is covered in gremolata, sliced almonds and slivers of fried garlic, which provide delicious tang and crunch to the overall dish. (Jessica Yadegaran/Bay Area News Group)

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