Oakland news and notes 2018


Katherine Hamilton has been named the new food critic for the East Bay Express and Janelle Bitker is continuing to do art reviews for the Express as well as her contributions to SF Eater.

Here are some reviews from Katherine:


Luke Tsai in SF Magazine (which has announced significant layoffs to its staff):


In Washington, D.C., Bad Saint ranked second on Bon Appétit ’s 2016 list of the nation’s best new restaurants. Lasa and Rice Bar are two of the buzziest restaurants in L.A. In New York, a handful of places, like Purple Yam and Maharlika, have been holding it down for years. Locally, Suzara was recently written up in Bon Appétit , and Ang was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle ’s Rising Star Chefs this year. Beyond the bevy of instant-hit spots, this fall will also mark Mission district pop-up FOB Kitche n ’s leap to full-service brick-and-mortardom, in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood. The kitchen at 7th West , the cavernous new West Oakland bar, now serves as home base for chef Dennis Villafranca, the lechon-slinging proprietor of the food truck Jeepney Guy. And Undiscovered SF , a massive monthly Filipino night market, is entering its second year—part of the SOMA Pilipinas cultural district’s efforts to encourage Filipino-owned restaurants and retail shops in a wide swath of SoMa.

With a population of more than 450,000 Filipino Americans, the Bay Area has never exactly suffered from a lack of Filipino food options, especially in places like Hayward and Daly City.


FOB Kitchen 5179 Telegraph Ave. (at 51st St.), Oakland, 510-817-4169
Likha at Hometown Heroes , 4000 Adeline St. (at 40th St.), Emeryville, 510-250-9311
The West , 7th West 1255 7th St. (at Union St.), Oakland, 510-250-9832


Camino is closing, and will be replaced by a branch of Zachary’s:


Cohen-Bray House and Oak Tree Farm in Fruitvale. The Victorian house was built in 1884
1440 29th Ave
Oakland, CA 94601

East Oakland

(https://www.cohenbrayhouse.org/drinking-historically) October 14, Noon-5pm Beer, food, music, Tours of house.