[Oakland] Oakland News & Notes 2019


12. Banh Mi Ba Le

1909 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94606

(510) 261-9800

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The line moves quickly at Banh Mi Ba Le, which makes what some argue to be the best Vietnamese sandwiches in Oakland. Most sandwiches clock in at about $3 and are stuffed with a generous amount of meat. Don’t miss the version with meatballs and a runny egg — and do throw in a delicious fruit smoothie for kicks.excerpt

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Brown Sugar Kitchen opens on February 20
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Brown Sugar Kitchen

2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612



excerpts from Sarah Han in Berkeleyside today on the opening day of Brown Sugar Kitchen:

Brown Sugar Kitchen is open for breakfast and lunch (starting at 11:30 a.m.), offering favorites like the aforementioned chicken and waffles, oyster po-boys, BBQ shrimp and grits, beignets and the rest of Holland’s comforting favorites. Dinner service will likely start later this spring, but the full-service bar pours wine, beer and cocktails all day.

Photo, above: Chef Tanya Holland on opening day at Brown Sugar Kitchen in Uptown Oakland. Photo: Sarah Han

Photo, above: Brown Sugar Kitchen’s signature buttermilk fried chicken and cornmeal waffles. Photo: Sarah Han

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Cinnamon Tree, a dim sum and Cantonese restaurant situated in the iconic former Legendary Palace location at 708 Franklin at 7th Street, was completely dark as I walked by today around lunchtime. Yelp is reporting that it has closed after being in business there since about October, 2015.

Legendary Palace had occupied that spot for about fifty years until 2015 in a building described as “Chinese-style” which had originally opened around 1924.

There was also a tall building crane being operated directly across the street working on part of the Salvation Army Store on 7th Street.

Here is some history of the building located at the northeast corner of Franklin and 7th Streets:


1924 Oakland Tribune 2


Gourmet Village (Reopening) [Milbrae]

Goat/ Vietnamese specialist in East Oakland?

Lemon Pepper Menu

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Cam Anh is now open at 920 Webster in Oakland Chinatown serving much the same menu as Cam Huang did at that location for decades. Prices for banh mi are about $4.50 each.

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The opening of Oakland United Beerworks‘ new taproom at 262 Second St., near Jack London Square, at the end of March is great news for beer lovers. With four breweries in that area, the Beerworks has teamed up with Federation Brewing, Independent Brewing and Original Pattern Brewing to create the Jack London Brewing District. Soon you’ll be able to pick up a district beer map at any of the breweries, as well as at the Visit Oakland offices in Jack London Square.

There’s a cider bar in the area, too: Crooked City Cider Taphouse at 222 Broadway, with a taps lineup that includes their own cider, along with other local ciders and craft beers.




{will} begin offering limited evening menus through partnerships with local chefs. Starting Thursday, April 4, the Octopus will host Oakland’s Louisiana-Creole catering company Creole Creed on a weekly basis. The menu offers dishes like crawfish handpies, red beans and rice, and sweet honey cornbread.

The Octopus Literary Salon

2101 Webster St. (at 22nd)

tel (510) 844-4120


Mon - Fri 7:30am to either 9:00pm or later (as late as 12am) depending on the night’s feature.

Saturday 6pm to midnight

Sunday closed (usually)



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2 posts were split to a new topic: [Oakland, Chinatown] Ming Tasty




Songkran will be celebrated at Jack London Square for the first time, with an all-day event happening 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 27, in front of Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine [ 336 Water St
Oakland, CA

Although the event is free, those seeking a special Songkran experience should RSVP in advance for a seat at the VIP Lao Table. Farmhouse Kitchen will set up a long communal table topped with tempting Thai and Lao fare served family-style and eaten with hands.

and a som tum dancing competition, where people make the traditional spicy green papaya salad and dance at the same time.




Way back in 1934, an enterprising, young Armenian-American street hot dog vendor in Chicago named Kasper Castigian, like a lot of people at the time, heeded the call to “go West, young man.” And so he did, bringing his own special brand of hot dogs to the fertile streets of Oakland. Business boomed, and soon his cousins showed up and followed suit. Before long, brick-and-mortar stores named Kasper’s began to spring, and an East Bay hot dog empire was born.




PK: I can understand why it’s difficult for you to comment. I can’t even remember the last time I put ketchup on a hot dog. And in Chicago, it’s sacrilegious to request ketchup on your hot dog.

PR: Yeah, I mean we didn’t offer ketchup until probably the '60s or '70s because the concept is that’s what the tomatoes are for. What do you need tomato paste, basically, on your hot dog when you have fresh tomatoes? That was probably one of the first things that got added after the four main ingredients. I imagine that was the first like, ‘Oh, all right. We’ll put ketchup in the stores.’ And then it went to cheese, and I will say that we still grate our own cheese in-house.

PK: That’s cool.





Now open -

BORN ON THE BAYOU Oakland’s White Horse Liquors is now home to Krispy Krunchy Chicken, a Louisiana-based fried chicken chain known for opening franchise locations within convenience stores. Opening a restaurant inside a liquor store or bodega might be a novelty for us in the West Coast, but it’s commonplace to find some of the best eats (like boudin and po’boys) at gas stations and convenience stores in Lafayette, Lousiana, where Krispy Krunchy got its start in 1989.

… Along with fried chicken, tenders and buffalo wings, you’ll also find fried seafood, breakfast items and sides like fries, red beans and rice, jambalaya and boudin bites on the menu. Krispy Krunchy Chicken, inside White Horse Liquors, 6606 Telegraph Ave. (at 66th), Oakland
(see paragraph 9 of linked Berkeleyside article)



They must be making a push around here. M & B Market at 6310 Market St, Emeryville also has a Krispy Krunchy Chicken Sign up.



Luke Tsai’s first post at SF Eater -


Look closer, though, and you’ll see that the list of stews for gorditas and meats for tacos aren’t just your run-of-the-mill carnitas or carne asada. There’s chicharrón en salsa roja, a braised pork skin preparation that Chairez says is a typical gordita filling in Zacatecas. There’s a stew of pork and nopales that is a specialty of her hometown of Valparaíso. On weekends, there’s tender beef barbacoa done as a guisado (stew), a triumph of slow-cooking that Chairez serves with enormous handmade tortillas, each one big enough to feed a family of four. And for Lent, she started offering a Zacatecan-style chiles relleno, served with a side of stewed nopales, and gorditas filled with scrambled eggs stained red with dried chiles—a traditional Valparaíso breakfast dish. Everything tastes even better with a squirt of the restaurant’s smoky chile de árbol salsa.

Mi Zacatecas Mexican Food

9896 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94605

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28 photos and video clips from today’s Songkran Festival in Oakland’s Jack London Square



same photos but in a slideshow with special effects and music soundtrack, about 2:40




To handle the produce, Ahmadi brought on Bill Fujimoto, who worked as a manager at Berkeley’s Monterey Market for roughly 30 years. Because of the way Community Foods Market was funded, plus its relatively small size and its social enterprise ethos, it can keep prices low. A bunch of kale, for example, will cost $1.49 for organic and 99 cents for conventional — about half the price of many local stores.

On the mezzanine, nonprofits will provide free services to customers: Cooking Matters will offer cooking classes and store tours, while LifeLong Medical Care is expected to do health screenings and consultations.

Community Foods Market
(due to open in early May)
3105 San Pablo Ave.

on the AC Transit 72 San Pablo Ave bus lines