According to the Contra Costa Times, Taste of Joy – a barbecue and Southern restaurant – reopened in Oakland this week. They will serve lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, hopefully including some of the items from their catering menu: gumbo, smothered pork chops, fried chicken and Chef Brian Hill’s Kansas City Barbeque sauce.
3909 Grand Ave, Oakland
And The Door, a modern Asian restaurant, opened this week in Walnut Creek. Chef Daniel Sudar, who cooked at Red Lantern in Redwood City and Batlenut in San Francisco, will serve food inspired by Thai, Chinese, Singaporean, Vietnamese, and Indonesian cuisines.
1448 South Main, Walnut Creek
According to the Chronicle, Miette is planning to open another bake shop in Jack London Square before Thanksgiving. It looks like this will be a larger location, because they will also offer baking and decorating classes along with selling their popular cakes and tarts. This bakery will focus on pies and cobblers to take advantage of the farm fresh fruit from the upcoming Jack London Market.
66 Franklin, Oakland
And a Cal-French restaurant is going to open in the Temescal under Chef Josh Woodall, the current chef at South in SF. The menu will feature house made bread, cured meats, small and large plates and family style entrees. Woodall says he wants the restaurant to have “a real Oakland vibe” and be “dark and hip” with “some tatooed girls serving wine.” Hmmm…I don’t know. Is that a real Oakland vibe?
At Berkeley’s Claremont Hotel, Jordan’s has been transformed into Meritage. Beginning Sunday, they plan to serve small and large plates along with a world-class wine program in a completely redesigned space.
41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley
From now until Saturday, Fenton’s Creamery is donating 25% of the profits of their Sundae of the Month toward buying books for a new public library in East Oakland. The sundae is called The Bookworm, and it sounds like a winner. Scoops of cinnamon and apple pie ice cream are garnished with caramel, graham cracker crumbs and almonds. And cccording to In Oakland, “calories don’t count if they’re for a good cause.” I second that!
4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
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