AUGIE’S MONTREAL DELI Reopened Jan. 13 in the former Brennan’s space is Augie’s Montreal Deli, purveyor of poutine, “smoke meat,” Fin du Monde and all good issues French-Canadian — simply ask the grateful Quebecois in line. Followers of the practically three-year-old deli could not be capable to collect within the new eating room to look at ice hockey simply but, however the location, already a well-loved space in the Berkeley community, is a little more foot-traffic-friendly for takeout than the previous spot on Potter Road. Curbside service for online orders is out there by driving as much as the Stomper statue out front and calling the restaurant. (Professional tip: Parking on Sundays beneath the College Avenue overpass is free.) Bienvenue, Augie’s! Augie’s Montreal Deli, 700 Essex Means (at College Avenue), Berkeley
BANH MI & ROLLS FACTORY Northside’s former Hummingbird Cafe has reopened as Banh Mi & Rolls Factory, that includes full-sized and mini Vietnamese sandwiches and a wide range of spring rolls at interesting costs. Drinks embody Vietnamese espresso, smoothies, juices and dessert drinks. Proprietor Khoi Xa additionally owns two San Francisco eateries, The Pho and Banh Mi & Rolls. Banh Mi & Rolls Factory, 1814 Euclid Ave. (at Ridge Street), Berkeley
CALIFAS GREENS First-time restaurateur Zeiri Guzman, her husband and co-owner Margarito Gallardo, and sister and co-owner Annia Guzman, have opened Califas Greens within the former La Capilla space. Although initially from Mexico Metropolis, Guzman’s menu skews Californian (“Califas” is slang for California), with an emphasis on contemporary produce and seasonal flavors. To date, the pleasant spot ticks all the best neighborhood cafe containers, with healthful-yet-tasty fare for breakfast and lunch, reminiscent of contemporary toasts, bowls, juices and soups, in addition to heartier alternatives reminiscent of rooster, steak or roasted pork sandwiches (and for these craving a bit extra indulgence, garlic fries and jalapeño ranch on the facet). Open day by day for takeout; third-party supply is out there. Califas Greens, 1106 College Ave. (between Curtis Road and San Pablo Avenue), Berkeley
TONY’S STYLE Search for student-friendly eats at Tony’s Fashion, opened in the Northside neighborhood in December, together with hand-tossed wings, full-sized pizza pies and private baguette pizzas topped with substances reminiscent of brisket and caramelized mushrooms, shrimp, crab and veggies. Open for dinner nightly. Tony’s Style, 2503 Hearst Ave. (close to Euclid Avenue), Berkeley
ISLICE BERKELEY This slice store close to campus within the previous Dawn Deli area appeared to have actual legs, however sadly… the pandemic. Fortunately, all three different iSlice areas — one in Albany and two in Harmony — are nonetheless going sturdy. iSlice Berkeley was at 2456 Bancroft Means, and can quickly grow to be a brand new spot known as Momo Home.
PIZZAHHH Has closed. Pizzahhh was at 2503 Hearst Ave., now occupied by Tony’s Fashion (see Open).
BAMBOO Providing “Asian tapas, dumplings and wok specialties” for day by day takeout is Bamboo, taking on from now-closed China Garlic Restaurant on Piedmont Avenue. The Chinese language-influenced menu is lengthy— from soup dumplings and potstickers to coconut shrimp and garlic ribs, soups, salads and wok-tossed greens, with various ranges of warmth. There are additionally noodle and fried rice dishes, together with the Massive Boss Fried Rice, that includes rooster, shrimp, pork, wood-ear mushrooms and silk noodles. Bamboo, 3766 Piedmont Ave. (between W. MacArthur Boulevard and Yosemite Avenue), Oakland
BLYTHE COFFEE AT BLK GIRLS GREEN HOUSE Black-owned, woman-owned, glamorous espresso pop-up Blythe Espresso has been working out of Black-owned, woman-owned, glamorous sanctuary Blk Women Inexperienced Home, an upscale West Oakland retail area for vegetation and residential items, since August 2019. (Readers could have noticed the companies in Forbes or Bon Appetit). What’s new is that the Blk Women Inexperienced Home has just lately moved (in November) from 3261 Martin Luther King, Jr. Wy., to 1700 Center St. in Oakland. Prospects can e-book an appointment to browse the brand new area and order off Blythe owner-barista Natalia Carrera’s espresso menu, that features lattes with flavors reminiscent of peppermint and rosemary honey. Blythe Coffee pop-up at Blk Girls Green House, 1700 Heart St. (at seventeenth Road), Oakland
GYU-KAKU JAPANESE BBQ This Japanese-style barbecue chain with areas all through North America (together with domestically in San Francisco, Cupertino and a quickly closed store in San Mateo) has arrived in Oakland. Although the actual enjoyable of Gyu-Kaku’s yakiniku (Japanese barbecue) is in its communal side — gathering socially round a smokeless table-top grill — the restaurant chain is discovering a strategy to please prospects in Covid with steak, chicken, shrimp and pork grilled to order for takeout or supply. There may be additionally a child’s menu, in addition to noodle dishes, bowls and loads of vegetable sides. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, 459 Eighth St. (between Broadway and Washington Road), Oakland
HUANGCHENG NOODLE HOUSE Oakland is thrilled to have this Shanxi knife-cut noodle home again in a new Old Oakland location, after a fire took the original Chinatown restaurant. In keeping with Eater SF, the community-assisted reopening of Huangcheng within the former Rosamunde’s in Swan’s Market options one important development — noodles razored by machine rather than by hand — permitting for extra noodles sooner, although every little thing else is completed by hand, and texture and consistency stay as contemporary and springy as ever. Huangcheng Noodle Home, 911 Washington St. (between Ninth and tenth streets), Oakland
LUCKY CHEF CHEN We missed this swap again in November — Fortunate Chef Chen now operates within the former Frannie Categorical area, providing the same menu of Chinese language quick meals for takeout. Count on dishes reminiscent of orange rooster, beef with broccoli — easy favorites in beneficiant parts. Lucky Chef Chen, 3542 Worldwide Blvd. (between thirty fifth and thirty sixth avenues), Oakland
MONKEY KING OAKLAND Now open on Piedmont Avenue within the former Itaba restaurant area is the primary Oakland location of Alameda favourite Monkey King. Specializing in addictive dishes reminiscent of boneless wings, loaded fries, noodles, and plates of ribs, fried rice and pork chops, the eatery’s full-flavored takeout choices are usually not solely bountiful, they bridge the hole between “family-friendly” and “pairs effectively with beer.” Monkey King Oakland, 3920 Piedmont Ave. (between Montell Road and Monte Vista Avenue), Oakland
NAMASTEY PATIO The previous La Boulangerie Oakland area in Rockridge has a brand new occupant known as Namastey Patio, simply opened yesterday, providing Indian and Nepalese delicacies for lunch and dinner takeout, supply and catering. We spoke with co-owner Kailash Thapa, who mentioned he and his two enterprise companions are first-time restaurant house owners, however all of them have labored within the business for years. Namastey Patio’s menu options a variety of choices, together with tandoori, biryani, vegetarian dishes, and Nepalese fare like choila, sekuwa, momo, Himalayan noodle soup and khasi (goat curry). Namastey Patio hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 5-9:30 p.m., day by day. Name 510-922-9014 for orders. Namastey Patio, 5500 Faculty Ave. (close to Lawton Avenue), Oakland
ROASTED AND RAW The plant-based meals rebellion continues with this intriguing new fast-casual curbside window in Jack London Sq., throwing its hat in with not solely a fantastic title, however large vegan burgers, wraps, pasta dishes (holy moly), heaping bowls and different vegan treats. Open for lunch and dinner takeout Tuesday by means of Saturday. Roasted and Raw, 247 Fourth St. (between Alice and Jackson streets), Oakland
SEÑOR SISIG OAKLAND After months of parking the Señor Sisig meals truck exterior the previous Spice Monkey area (together with at the time that restaurant team departed), this long-loved Filipino-fusion road meals outfit has moved in. As famous in Bites, Señor Sisig’s second brick and mortar (its flagship is in San Francisco) is doubly particular, because it boasts the group’s authentic menu plus its Señor Sisig Vegano menu, a brand new, plant-based group of flavorful Filipino fusion choices. Señor Sisig’s food trucks can be tracked here; the brand new Oakland area contains a to-go-only window for now. Señor Sisig Oakland, 1628 Webster St. (at seventeenth Road), Oakland
STATES COFFEE X BREAD Nothing however traces and sort phrases for States Espresso’s two new Oakland cafes, that includes espresso and fresh-baked items, the primary at 4008 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way that opened in November, and its latest at 419 fortieth St., that opened on Jan. 17. Reminder: States and sister firm Farm and Flour, chargeable for the cafe’s house-made breads and different treats, also have eyes on a Berkeley opening, now scheduled for the spring within the former Nation Cheese Co. on San Pablo Avenue. States Coffee X Bread (40th Street), 419 fortieth St. (at Webster Road), Oakland
SWEET JULY Ayesha Curry’s new retail area inside the bottom of the Rasa House complicated features a candy little upscale espresso counter with drip and iced espresso, tea, some bottled drinks and different fare. The spacious, soothing store primarily options retail merchandise, books and decor evocative of Curry’s Sweet July lifestyle magazine. Sweet July, 455 twenty third St. (at Valley Road), Oakland
BOOMBOX’S PIZZA Witness with us Boombox’s Pizza, one of many many small meals enterprises throughout the Jingletown Eats ghost kitchen group. The unbiased pizza outfit began off with moxy in October with Chicago and Detroit-style slices and pies, after which shuttered all too soon. Boombox’s Pizza was at 2353 E twelfth St. in Oakland.
CHINA GARLIC CHINESE RESTAURANT It by no means gained awards, however China Garlic offered Piedmont Avenue with a budget-friendly possibility and serviceable Chinese language meals for 2 spectacular many years. China Garlic was at 3766 Piedmont Ave.
COLOSO COFFEE Nosh discovered that Coloso Espresso’s Outdated Oakland cafe at 917 Washington St. is altering palms, and can grow to be a fourth location of Berkeley-based Memento Espresso Co. Coloso house owners Jose Posadas and Renzo Gianella might be collaborating with Memento on the new area to assist with the transition. Coloso’s anticipated Berkeley cafe on the Higby Flats on San Pablo Avenue can also be not occurring.
FRANNIE EXPRESS This hole-in-the-wall Chinese language quick meals eatery is now named Fortunate Chef Chen, although the meals appears principally unchanged. Frannie Categorical was at 3542 Worldwide Blvd.
HUNAN YUAN Due to a form reader, Nosh discovered that longtime Oakland Hills staple Hunan Yuan within the Lincoln Sq. Procuring Heart closed completely mid-pandemic, purportedly after a lease hike. The Chinese language restaurant was a go-to for a lot of and might be missed. Hunan Yuan was at 4100 Redwood Rd.
R’ NOODLES Soleil Ho’s list of notable closures this month consists of this short-lived Guilin-style rice noodle shop in Oakland’s Chinatown, spotlit for its snail soup. R’ Noodles was at 930 Webster St.
SACHI SUSHI Alameda’s S.A.G.A. Kitchen, launched in November, has added a fourth restaurant to its communal enterprise that additionally consists of Wok Chi, Koharu and Yue Membership. Sachi Sushi’s menu consists of sashimi, specialty rolls and nicely presented omakase. Sachi Sushi at S.A.G.A. Kitchen, 1707 Lincoln Ave. (between Grand and Minturn streets), Alameda
SHANGRI-LA VEGAN Taking on the previous Mangia Mangia restaurant in Albany is a brand new location for Shangri-La Vegan, a macrobiotic restaurant with a plant-based, natural and healthful menu, that already has two branches in North Oakland (on Telegraph Avenue and on Linden Road). Shangri-La’s arrival in Albany is well-timed, as the town’s macrobiotic go-to, Potala Natural Cafe (which was based by a Shangri-La Vegan veteran chef) closed in 2020 due to the pandemic. In keeping with a reader, Potala followers will discover heaps to love on the new restaurant. Shangri-La Vegan, 755 San Pablo Ave., (at Washington Avenue), Albany
SUSHI & MORE Alameda has one other new place for sushi and… extra. The Japanese fast-casual eatery options bento containers, bowls, boba, udon and ramen, together with sushi rolls and sashimi, and is getting enthusiastic opinions thus far. Open day by day for takeout. Sushi & More, 1245 Park St. (between Encinal and San Antonio avenues), Alameda
EL CHARRO MEXICAN DINING Lafayette’s beloved El Charro closed on New 12 months’s Day, taking with it one of many space’s most snug, convivial Mexican eating rooms and out of doors patios. The restaurant was identified for its festive, family-friendly attraction, and featured commonplace Mexican fare — and sought-after blue cheese dip. It opened in 1947. El Charro was at 3339 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.
JOE & THE JUICE Regardless of principally favorable opinions, Danish espresso and juice chain Joe & The Juice has closed its Lafayette location. The store at Metropolis Heart Bishop Ranch in San Ramon stays open, in addition to a number of in San Francisco. Joe & the Juice was at 998 Moraga Rd. in Lafayette.
MADE PHO YOU This pleasant Vietnamese enclave shuttered after only one yr, and Alamedans are unhappy about it. Sushi & Extra has opened within the area (see Open). Made Pho You was at 1245 Park St. in Alameda
THE ORIGINAL MELS CONCORD The Harmony location of Unique Mels closed on Jan. 4 after 4 years, a part of the nostalgic, diner-style chain meant to evoke the all-American Mels Drive-Ins that first opened in San Francisco within the Nineteen Forties, and gained monumental fame within the film “American Graffiti.” Enjoyable reality: There are literally two separate Mels restaurant teams — eight Mels Drive-Ins in northern and southern California, and now 17 Original Mels eateries in Northern California and Nevada — and never a single apostrophe amongst them. (Perhaps it saves on neon signage?) Unique Mels Harmony was at 4391 Deal with Blvd. in Harmony.
FONDA A note on this popular Solano Avenue tapas restaurant’s website broadcasts a months-long momentary closure till out of doors eating is allowed to renew (maybe it can reopen quickly?). Fonda is at 1501 Solano Ave. in Albany.
HIP HOP JUICE BOX This heartfelt, throwback Emeryville hangout has been quickly closed since December, however proprietor Eric Turner informed Nosh he plans to reopen the cafe through the first week of February. Hip Hop Juice Field is at 3960 Adeline St. in Emeryville.
LE BATEAU IVRE Look to this Nosh piece by contributor Cirrus Wood for an replace on near-50-year-old Berkeley favourite Le Bateau Ivre. The charming, French-inspired restaurant, that shares a reputation with a poem by Arthur Rimbaud, is quickly closed for now. Le Bateau Ivre is at 2629 Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley.
MASABAGA Masabaga quickly closed through the post-holiday surge in Covid instances, and hoped to make use of the break to replace the eatery’s bar. Masabaga is at 2022 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland.
ORCHIDS THAI Again in July of 2019, Bites reported on the health department’s temporary closure of Orchids Thai on Piedmont Avenue. The restaurant ultimately reopened, however after one other routine inspection in December 2020, it has as soon as once more been quickly closed attributable to a sequence of violations, together with poor cleansing of surfaces and meals dealing with. Hmm. Orchids Thai is at 4133 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland.
Nosh Editor Sarah Han contributed reporting.