Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between


And another new eatery…

By awoodall

I don’t travel to the tip of Piedmont Avenue often but I was passing by on the way to the Mountain View Cemetary for a story (for Halloween of course. So original!) when I spotted a sign for Scopa, what I guess will be a new restaurant in the ground floor of Il Piemonte “Tuscan-inspired” condos. How appropriate. Someone was just talking about a new restaurant opening up there, across from the tiki lounge where the old Kings X used to be.  We were trying to recall the name. Jojo, Dopo, Xyclo…(Okay, there’s also Bay Wolf, Cesar, etc. I hope the condos have a gym.) 
Scopa is the name of an Italian card game. I thought the restaurant might be an offshoot of the Scopa in Healdsburg, but they said no. Nothing is listed on the Web site.

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2008
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A ‘Bijou’ in the Heart of Hayward

By awoodall

Bijou Restaurant Showcases French/California Cuisine from Chef Christian Nam-Hee… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
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Brand New: Miss Pearl’s Jam House

By awoodall

Miss Pearl's Jam House entrance

Anyone notice the former Jack’s Bistro down on Jack London Square is finally open? Gone is the lovely pastel mural of Jack’s Bistro. But Miss Pearl’s Jam House (as in music or confiture?) looks inviting if you go for faux Caribbean island finery, as you can see from this snap (no, that’s not my image reflected in the mirror).
I heard the owners sunk big bucks into fixing things up but there wasn’t enough time for me to check it out today. Plenty of others were though and enjoying the new green spot in front that is lined with five rows of palm trees, each row five trees long in front of the restaurant.
Anyway, there isn’t much out there yet about Miss Pearl’s since it opened Wednesday, especially if you’re like me and didn’t experience the original version of the little lady, but here is a snippet from the OaklandWire via SF Eater: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, September 1st, 2008
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Best bar manager, an Oakland hombre

By awoodall

SF Magazine’s best bar manager is Thad Vogler of the new Camino on Grand Avenue and Beretta on Velencia Street across the Bay because “he sprearheaded a renaissance of traditional cocktails and small-batch artisinal spirits.” His resume also includes Flora over here and other high profile restaurants in San Francisco. Several other East Bay restaurants were on the magazines “Where to eat now” list: Vics Chaat House, Sea Salt, Angeline’s Luisiana Kitchen and Maritime (thankfully they have painted over the hideous aqua blue and green stripes on the facade) in Berkeley, and in Oakland Cafe Madrid, Cesar, Di Bartolo, Flora, Franklin Square Bar, Jojo, Levende East, Mono, Oliveto (with a scathing review), Pizzaiolo, Seoul Gom Tang, Somerset and Wood Tavern.

Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2008
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Looking for Mr. Right

By awoodall

I wandered over to Thursday Night Live, the twice-monthly street fest on Washington and 9th, to see how the gathering was going since it started in June.  Instead of shutting off Washington, 9th Street was closed, and guards checked IDs because the cocktails were flowing. The music wasn’t my thing but the crowd of about 100 seemed to be grooving along. More vendors with cooler goods were also on hand. My favorite was the Obama ’08 football jersey in the Raiders silver and black.  
Raj, the manager of the Washington Inn, was there sipping something fuschia colored on ice.  The speed dating club, 8Minute Dating, might start holding sessions at the hotel’s restaurant, Seison. But more about that later. 
The first Thursday Night Live was hot. Last week, the mood matched the cool weather, so I headed indoors and ran into Kevin and Dirk, co-owners of B Restaurant and Levende East (respectively), who complained bitterly about the lack of media coverage for Thursday Night Live…

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Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2008
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Viva la cock in Old Oakland tonight

By awoodall

The rooster will be crowing after hours tonight in Old Oakland. The Cock-A-Doodle Cafe had a practice run last night for what will be a weekend cabaret. Tonight (July 12) is the official launch. The owners are keeping things modest to start with but chef Blanca Arechiga has plans to put in a stage, dancefloor and sofas (nothing too crazy, though) outside in the section of patio behind the painted gate. For now the patio that is normally open during breakfast and lunch has a bar serving sangria, mohitos (four varieties), wine and other libations to the beat of salsa music. The menu is a collection of tapas from Latin America such as tostones cubanos, papas a la huancaina (Peru), Guatemalan tostadas, pupusas (El Salvador). July has been a helluva month for Arechiga and co-owner/partner Ana Trujillo. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, July 12th, 2008
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