Forget the gloom of June – most of the past month shimmered with renewed energy and boosted Pridegenerations of people coming out and overall increased vibration. It’s been a month of surprises – some welcome ones, like the mostly beautiful local weather (minus the roasting solstice) – but then some not so welcome.
To fuel yet another long American summer of political upheaval, division, anger and resistanceNosh recommends a throwback to that mid-June vibe with slightly rejuvenating summer dishes: ripe stone fruits, barbecue, lemonade, ice cream, a nice grilled hot dog, the perfect tomato sandwich. Unwise rulers can take rights away from us, but they cannot diminish our solvebreak our souls – or steal our summer.
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KUBOBA SPOTLIGHT Boba drinks and rich empanadas and Filipino desserts (including baked goods) are injecting fresh energy and snacking appeal into this stretch of Telegraph Avenue at the revived site of a phantom Subway shop. Kuboba Spot opened smoothly in mid-June and celebrates its grand opening on July 2. Go now for summer treats; Nosh predicts heavy traffic when students return to school in August. Kuboba spot2618 Telegraph Ave. (between Parker and Carleton streets), Berkeley
NOODY For many of us – and especially busy youngsters – the whole food pyramid often rests on a base of noodles. Sather Lane newcomer Noody embraces this with quick, personalized bowls featuring various noodle styles and toppings, in flavor profiles ranging from Carbonara to Buldak Spicy to Coconut Udon. NoodySather Lane, 2431 Durant Ave., Suite B (between Dana Street and Telegraph Avenue), Berkeley
THE ANGLED DOOR AT RICE AND BONES Charles Phan’s iconic Vietnamese restaurant, The Slanted Door’s pop-up at UC Berkeley’s Rice & Bones isn’t a new permanent opening, that’s true. But with the main location of the Slanted Door Ferry Building closed in San Francisco, Nosh says he’s enjoying this special visit while it lasts. Which, thanks to added dates, continues into July. Angled door at Rice & Bones230 Wurster Hall (near Bancroft Way), Berkeley
BELLADI KITCHEN Open since the end of May, Belladi Kitchen, from the team behind Kombucha House, offers hearty Yemeni and Egyptian cuisine, fresh juices and a kombucha bar at Jack London Square. The zero-waste restaurant’s cuisine includes savory bowls and pita sandwiches loaded with well-spiced ingredients, most of which are vegetarian, but with roasted lean protein if desired. Belladi’s fresh cuisine, service and environmental practices receive rave reviews from all points of view, including from Nosh readers, whom we thank for the tip. Belladi Kitchen378 Embarcadero West (between Franklin and Webster streets), Oakland
ROCKRIDGE BELLY Fill your belly with Belly at their new second location: The Oakland spot’s tasty tacos, burritos and other Asian-Mexican fusion dishes are long overdue favorites for lunch and dinner in Uptown, and are now available for lunch in Rockridge, the Merc was the fifirst to note. (Look for dinner to come.) Locals may remember the space as the old Hideaway. Belly5634 College Ave. (between Keith Avenue and Ocean View Drive), Oakland
DUSK COFFEE Slowly opening since May, locals love this bright new independent cafe offering rich coffee drinks and fresh pastries in the downtown cathedral building. The shop is housed in a former Peet’s. Twilight Cafe1615 Broadway (between Telegraph Avenue and 15th Street), Oakland
night heron A perfect name for an Oakland bar (and a fitting homage to its official bird, one of the coolest and most haunting), Night Heron by bartender-artist Sequoya Lee (Honor Bar, Lake Chalet, Miss Ollie’s) and bartender Cory Hunt (Oakland’s First Edition, Jackalope and Soda Popinski’s in San Francisco) brings together innovative cocktails and the work of local artisans before -gardeners. artists in the former Here’s How bar space, originally promised by What Now SF many months ago. Dedicated bento boxes from Uptown neighbor Itani Ramen add to the experience. night heron1780 Telegraph Ave. (between 17th and 19th streets), Oakland
OCCITANIA Beloved local celebrity chef Paul Canales (Oliveto, Duende) brings his infectious enthusiasm â for art, Oakland and cooking with complex, sensual European flavors â to his new restaurant Occitania, this time with a focus on southern France. Call us old-fashioned, but Nosh is thrilled with the opening of this ‘classic’ restaurant (which was the first teased by the Chron last year) among the fast-casual pandemic newcomers: the date-night-worthy dining room on the ground floor of the new Kissel Uptown Oakland feels warm, modern and inviting, and the French cuisine sophisticated ( and neighboring France) ranges from bouillabaisse to seared steak frites to snails with sweetbreads. Yes thanks. Occitania422 24th St. (near Broadway), Oakland
GOLDEN HOUR POP-UP These sunny little pop-ups outside the Golden Hour store in Albany started earlier this year and have become a staple in recent months. The Solano Avenue Shop itself is lovely and serene – a woman-owned boutique filled with ceramics, homewares, accessories and more. Outside, small food companies such as three small cookies, Little LaFleur, Sultry coffeeand, from June, coveted SoDo Donuts sell their wares – mostly sweet indulgences and mostly products made by women. Check Instagram for times. Food pop-ups at Golden Hour1250 Solano Ave. (near Masonic Avenue), Albany
NARU SUSHI The Public Market has an attractive new sushi stand at Naru Sushi, smoothly opened by the team behind beloved tenant NabiQ, a market favorite for 15 years. According to Eâville EyeNaru serves a menu of nigiri, sashimi, rice bowls, bento boxes and other typical sushi counter dishes. Naru Sushi inside Emeryville Public Market, 5959 Shellmound, Emeryville
PANAMA BAY COFFEE CO. AT THE CASTLE Thanks to San Jose Mercury News for the history of this small renovated Â»Castleâ at Walnut Creek which is now a friendly cafe and natural energy drink store of Panama Bay Coffee Co., based in Livermore (The worthy fairy tale to place noticeably reminiscent of the charming town of Berkeley MY coffee roastery. Visiting the Storybook Cafe, anyone?) Panama Bay Coffee Co., 1499 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek
THE NOODLE LOVERS CLUB The relentless demand for noodles in the East Bay continues with this stylish new little restaurant focusing primarily on Thai-style noodle bowls and soups, as well as pot with rice, and playful ingredient combinations and inflections throughout the menu. Check out the wine collection and the impressive list of added noodle bowls and soups. The Noodle Lovers Club1700 Park St. #100 (at Buena Vista Ave), Alameda
SWEETGREEN WALNUT CREEK East Coast-based juggernaut Sweetgreen is slowly capturing the national market for salads and cereal bowls, and now serves its nutritious, formulated, yet irresistible dishes in Walnut Creek. According to East Bay Time, the new location is tenth in the Bay Area. Try the peach and goat cheese salad. sweetgreen1556 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek