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Where to Drink Great Beer in San Francisco and the East Bay

Drinks Chris Cohen 8 comments

Here is your list of true beer essentials in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley: the bars, restaurants, and breweries that curate the most epic beer menus, employ staff who bleed amber, and take the extra step with great food pairings or an ambience that makes you feel like you just warped to Brussels. More

Behind the Scenes at Beauty's Bagels in Oakland

Tory Putnam 7 comments

When we heard about the hand-rolled, freshly baked bagels coming out of Beauty's Bagel Shop, we jumped at the chance to pay a behind-the-scenes visit. So, waking before sunrise and venturing across the Bay Bridge, we slipped into the kitchen with the Oakland store's early morning bakers for a look at their step-by-step process (and some bonus lessons in bagel classification). More

First Look: Slicer Pizzeria in Oakland, CA

Slice David Kover 1 comment

Hello, Slice'rs, allow us to introduce you to Slicer. This just-opened pie shop in Oakland creates low-key New York-style pies, but splurges on its toppings. We got a look behind the scenes at the pies they're creating in the this new joint. More

12 Burgers with Unusual Toppings That Really Work

A Hamburger Today Erin Jackson 10 comments

Lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles...and maybe a squirt of mayo, mustard, or ketchup. The standard toppings will never cease to be tasty, but sometimes, you want a burger with a bit more personality. For those occasions, here are a dozen creatively-topped burgers that really work. Check out the slideshow to see all of the unique burger toppings. More

First Look: Sweet Bar Bakery in Oakland, CA

Sweets Leah Douglas Post a comment

After running a popular bakery in LA for twenty years, Mani Niall has opened his latest shop in Oakland. He hopes that Sweet Bar will make standard pastries special by using organic ingredients and offering a variety of gluten-free and vegan options that appeal to everyone. More

Oakland, CA: A Glorious, Tongue-Topped Burger at Hopscotch

A Hamburger Today Lauren Sloss 3 comments

Hopscotch's delicious, flavor-rich burger is accentuated by uniformly excellent toppings, but it's brought to a new level of beef-vana thanks to a slab of griddled tongue. More

First Look: All of the Cocktails at Tribune Tavern, Oakland CA

Drinks Lauren Sloss Post a comment

Downtown Oakland gets quiet on the weekends. The work week crowd, dispersed to Lake Merritt, Temescal, and Berkeley, leaves the streets more or less empty, and many of the restaurants closed. But tucked under the towering Oakland Tribune building lies a new cocktail destination, harkening back to the hard drinking, three-martini lunch days of newspaper glory. More

Where to Eat and Drink in Oakland's Chinatown

Lauren Sloss 6 comments

From hand pulled noodles doused in a savory sesame paste sauce, to a bowl of Chinese bacon and smoked peppers, to tender Afghan mantoo dumplings, Chinatown's offerings go far beyond the wide ranging variety of Chinese cuisines. Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Middle Eastern restaurants all hold court here. More

First Look: All the Cocktails at Duende, Oakland, CA

Drinks Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

Duende's head bartender Troy Bayless walked us through each of the cocktails—the list takes advantage of the new Oakland restaurant's extensive sherry selection, though not every drink is a sherry drink. He's eager to feature distinctive spirits and mixers—local Sutton Cellars vermouth and nocino, bacanora and artisanal mezcal from Mexico, as well as a range of sherries. More

Learn Coffee Business in Food Craft Institute's 'Coffee Bar 101' Program

Drinks Meister 1 comment

So, you want to open a cafĂ©? Sounds great—but where do you start? From writing a business plan to scraping up the dough, from deciding which espresso machine is best to learning how to use the darned thing, there's so much that goes into building a successful coffee business that it can seem nearly impossible to think of everything. But Oakland, California's Food Craft Institute is offering an upcoming program designed to help new coffee businesspeople start up without burning out. More

Behind the Scenes at Linden Street Brewery in Oakland, CA

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

Why the focus on lagers? Though owner Adam Lamoreaux happily drinks California IPAs, "it's been done," he says. "We wanted to do something not everyone else is doing, not just bring more sand to the beach." We stopped by on a brewday to chat with Lamoreaux and watch a bit of the action. More

PizzaHacker Behind Pizza Program at The Forge

Slice Meredith Smith 34 comments

Newly re-developed Jack London Square will be home to a wood-fired pizzeria called The Forge come 2013, and they're bringing The PizzaHacker on board for pizza R&D. More

Oakland, CA: A Likable Lunch at Dopo

Slice David Kover 4 comments

At Dopo, you won't find a high-powered oven, or any of the bells and whistles typically attached to the newest Bay Area pizzerias. But they serve pizza that makes a very likable lunch, and isn't that the point? More

Oakland, California: Oliveto's Valiant Attempt at a Whole Wheat Crust

Slice David Kover 8 comments

Oliveto Cafe in Oakland has been serving wood-fired pizzas since long before the Neapolitan craze swept San Francisco. But don't confuse age with a stodgy approach, as the restaurant tries its hand at all sorts of seasonal, California-style toppings and even makes a valiant attempt at a whole wheat crust. More

Oakland, CA: Fivetenburger Serves Burgers Befitting a Lunch Truck

A Hamburger Today David Kover 4 comments

You can get all sorts of food at San Francisco's Off the Grid food truck meet-up. But this past weekend at the Golden Gate Fields location, the longest line was for the hamburgers at Fivetenburger. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Piggly Wiggly at Chef Edwards Bar-B-Que in Oakland, CA

A Sandwich a Day James Boo Post a comment

Chef John Edwards has been serving Southern-style barbecue in uptown Oakland for over a decade. The "Piggly Wiggly" barbecue sandwich is still some of the best barbecue I've ever had. Like good Kansas City-style 'cue, the Piggly Wiggly's thick chunks of smoked pork shoulder stand up well to the rich, tomato-based sauce, which turns the bottom of half of the sandwich roll into an edible barbecue sponge. More

The Search for America's Best Hot Dog: The West

The Serious Eats Team 26 comments

So far, we've told you about the East Coast contenders, the Midwest ones, and those down South. Let's head west, shall we? More

Oakland, CA: Get Quality Fast Food-Style Burgers at True Burger

A Hamburger Today David Kover 17 comments

At True Burger, just up the block from Oakland's Lake Merritt, two former high-end chefs are trying their hands at simpler fare. The result is a quality fast food-style burger. More

Video: Making Tofu at Hodo Soy Beanery in Oakland, CA

Robyn Lee 8 comments

"If you get your conventional tofu here and you serve it in Asia, nobody would eat it, simply because its not delicious," says Minh Tsai, the founder of artisanal, organic tofu company Hodo Soy Beanery in Oakland, California. Tsai couldn't find the same quality of tofu he grew up with in Vietnam, so he decided to make it himself with the idea of making "the best tofu you've ever eaten." See how tofu is made at Tsai's soy beanery in the latest episode of Food Curated from documentarian Liza de Guia. More

5 Unique Bay Area Pizzas from 'SFoodie'

Slice Adam Kuban 3 comments

SFoodie's John Birdsall mentioned Slice's "United States of Pizza: Northern California" post earlier this week, saying, "...we like the fact that Kuban shared his obsession with us, even if they reveal an outsider's peccadillos." So I emailed Mr. Birdsall to ask if he'd mind sharing an insider's peccadillos. Yesterday, he and Jonathan Kauffman posted their thoughtful take on some unique pizzas in the area.... More

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