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“Can you recommend a new restaurant for me?” That’s the question Nosh contributors get asked the most, and it’s a good question — while we all have our beloved standbys, exploring a new restaurant is one of the great joys of life. Check this page each week to discover the newest restaurants in Berkeley, Oakland and the rest of the East Bay. As always, tips and suggestions are welcome at editors@eastbaynosh.org.

Field research San Leandro

Fieldwork’s latest cozy beer garden juggernaut (pictured above) has been causing quite a stir this week, starting with Eater. The new San Leandro location, built inside a 1960’s Firestone Auto Service Center, is Fieldwork’s eighth and largest at 7,800 square feet, including an outdoor area that can accommodate more than 250 revelers. The craft brewery’s winning formula for relaxed drinking indoors and out is on full display here, with plenty of sun, shade, spacious seating, fire pits, love seats, benches, picnic tables, lots of greenery, bike-friendly parking, and a 3,000-square-foot interior space with garage doors, high Ceilings and huge windows and an adjoining taproom for 65 people, homemade pizzas and seasonal nibbles – even a dedicated outdoor children’s area and menu. Oh yes, and beer. Lots of craft beer. Field research San Leandro100 West Juana Ave. (near Clarke Street), San Leandro

Lilikoi Boba

Lilikoi Boba also serves mochi donuts, among other treats. Credit: Lilikoi Boba/Instagram

We missed that summer opening: El Cerrito Plaza has a new small boba and patisserie shop, part of a growing California (and beyond) franchise with Hawaiian influences from boba entrepreneur David Fan. Lilikoi Boba3080 Plaza El Cerrito, El Cerrito

Me & Jungle Cafe

The tuk tuk at Me & Jungle Cafe is a roll with shrimp, vegetables, konjac noodles and parmesan cheese. Credit: Me & Jungle/Doordash

‘Refreshing’ seems to be the most common word for this cute and imaginative new coffee shop on Piedmont Ave. to be, with lush greenery, comfy sofas, and a lovely outdoor patio (with a greenhouse) at the back. The food is fresh and Thai-inspired – rice wraps, bowls, healthy proteins, lots of vegan options. There is also a selection of coffee and tea drinks and breakfast pastries in the morning. Note: Sister store Me and Jungle Plant Studio has its store at 4139 Piedmont Ave. closed but these beautiful plants are still available online. Me & Jungle Cafe3943 Piedmont Ave. (near Monte Vista Avenue), Oakland

Split Uptown

The spacious interior of Sliver’s newest location. Photo Credit: Splitter Pizza/Instagram

Splitter Pizza fans, check out this shiny new location in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood—spacious, stylish, and open daily for lunch and dinner starting September 13, with outdoor sidewalk seating. The long-awaited restaurant opened at the foot of the luxurious Alta Waverly apartment building and, like all Sliver restaurants, serves one type of pizza per day. Sliver Uptown is the second new location to open this year; Splitter Danville opened in February. Split Uptown2300 Valdez St. (at 23rd Street), Oakland

The Sunday Restaurant

The exterior of Sunday. Photo credit: The Sunday/Instagram

Opening Friday is…Sunday at the former Patatas of Emeryville. (Hat tip to E’ville Eye.) Details are scarce so far, but the new restaurant will offer Korean-American fusion fare for brunch and dinner. Visit Instagram for more information. The Sunday Restaurant3986 Adeline St. (between 40th Street and Yerba Buena Avenue), Emeryville

Tigon

At the former Vietnamese restaurant Nong Thon in El Cerrito, Tigon (‘Tai-Gon’), meaning ‘tiger’, is now open with new owners and generous servings of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The spacious dining room with wooden beams next to the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito cinema remains mostly unchanged. Tigon, 10086 San Pablo Ave. (on Central Avenue), El Cerrito

Arinell Berkeley

A slice of Arinell Pizza in Berkeley. Credit: Sarah Han

It’s the opposite of new, but Arinell Pizza’s San Francisco location just closed after 33 years. Now it’s time to show some East Bay love to the original Arinell in downtown Berkeley, this enduring poster child for cheap, New York-style foldable discs that opened in 1975. If anything is going to survive the changing cup ypse of the last few years, it’s this simple take-out pizza counter, right? Everyone says “cake”. Or cut. (Do this in pairs.) Arinell pizza2119 Shattuck Ave. (between Center Street and Addison Street), Berkeley

September 8, 2022

Benchmark Portavia

Benchmark in Kensington is opening a new little sister store from today. Launch of Benchmark Portavia (“perform” in Italian), the team’s new grocery and dry takeaway storefront, featuring ready meals like salads as well as Italian-inspired foods they use in the pizzeria – cheese, olive oil, pasta, canned tomatoes , good salt and even pizza dough to take away. Hours are limited to start, but lunch is friendly, and the locals are Molto I look forward to this new neighborhood option. Benchmark Portavia380 Colusa Ave. (between Oak View and Santa Fe Avenues), Kensington

Cafe Colucci

Cafe Colucci General Manager, Daniel Aderaw Yeshiwas (right) and Founder Fetlework Tefferi. Photo credit: Melati Citrawireja

It is here! Temescal’s 31 year old flagship Cafe Colucci in Ethiopia and its sister spice company Brundo are now fully incorporated into their new, larger location at 5849 San Pablo Ave. open in North Oakland. (Reminder that former Telegraph Avenue location is now closed.) Cafe Colucci5849 San Pablo Ave. (between Stanford Avenue and 59th Street), Oakland

Cafe Ohlone/’ottoy

Vincent Medina (right) and Louis Trevino (left) at the Cafe Ohlone site in front of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, April 11, 2022. Credit: Kelly Sullivan

As announced by Nosh last week, this long-awaited restaurant dedicated to Indigenous cuisine is now welcoming guests. Founded by Louis Trevino and Vincent Medina, the new Café Ohlone is called “ottoy” (“to mend or repair” in the Chochenyo language) and is located in the courtyard of the Hearst Museum of Anthropology on the UC Berkeley campus. Reservations can be made online. Cafe Ohlone/’ottoyPhoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, Berkeley

DoughWeiMe

Taiwanese Black Sugar Boba Malasada at DoughWeiMe. Photo credit: DoughWeiMe

The Chronicle listed this new Union City donut and pastry spot among its East Bay openings last month, with sweet offerings that have Japanese, Hawaiian, Taiwanese and other influences. Be warned that hours are limited as DoughWeiMe is only open Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 3pm or when they sell out. DoughWeiMe Donuts & Pastries31858 Alvarado Boulevard, Union City

Humphry Slocombe Bay Street

Scoops of Coconut & Shoyu Caramel, Pepper and Mint Chip, and Earl Gray Lemon Ash at Humphry Slocombe in Berkeley. Credit: Sarah Han

Humphry Slocombe, everyone’s favorite irreverent little (and really, really good) ice cream maker, has a new Scoop shop on Bay Street in Emeryville. Thanks to E’ville Eye for the… shovel. Although the store is already open, keep an eye out for a special grand opening celebration on September 13 and expect more Bay Street food and drink openings to follow as the new Bay Break Food Terrace concept kicks off. (As for Humphry Slocombe, Nosh likes to envision potential Emeryville-based versions of the group’s famous, collaborative ice cream flavors — the Swedish Sundae? Ratatouille?) Humphry Slocombe Bay Street5641 Bay Street, Suite 234, Emeryville

Jungdon Katsu

Jungdon Katsu’s Deluxe Chicken Katsu. Credit: Jungdon Katsu/Doordash

A commenter let us know that Jungdon Katsu’s Japanese dishes are worth trying. The delivery and takeout space is a new tenant at Longfellow Food Hall in North Oakland. Jungdon Katsu Inside Longfellow Food Hall5333 Adeline St. (off 54th St.), Oakland

Oaklandia Cafe (downtown)

Latorra Monk’s husband, a professional pastry chef, makes all of the baked goods at the Oaklandia Cafe, including these semi-sweet chocolate cupcakes. Photo credit: Oaklandia Cafe

Contributor Brock Keeling’s story about the expansion of Oaklandia Cafe & Bakery is sweet and begins in a famous Bay Area cookie shop that once occupied the same downtown location. Oaklandia Cafe555 12th St. (ground floor of 555 City Center), Oakland

Ok’s deli

Ok’s Deli Chef Founder Albert Ok. Photo credit: @brokeasscooks

Hot, popular sandwich supplier Ok’s Deli, formerly a pop-up and known for its Asian-inspired but also classic Americana-style creations, opened its first brick-and-mortar store on September 1st. The SF Chronicle’s Cesar Hernandez did an in-depth review of the store’s coveted offerings, including a Spam-Mi sandwich of homemade, artisanal Spam. Nosh’s 2021 report on the pop-up offers more insight into chef Albert Ok’s new spot. Ok’s deli3932 Telegraph Ave. (on 40th Street), Oakland

A milk tea Chinatown

Drinke from One Milk Tea, now open in Oakland Chinatown. Credit: A Milk Tea

Boozy boba fans and non-boozy boba fans alike should check out what’s new from One Milk Tea. Spacious location in Oakland’s Chinatown, opening September 2nd. The Sacramento-based Boba mini chain says it’s expanding rapidly across the state, with outposts in East Oakland and Alameda also in the works. So far, this new spot is their only location in the Bay Area that offers “alcoholic boba,” by which they mean tea infused with soju or sake. A milk tea Chinatown349 7th St., Oakland

pizza my heart

Fans missing their favorite Capitola-based pies and slices from the now demolished Bay Street Pizza My Heart location can now find them for takeout and delivery at Longfellow Food Hall in Oakland. Pizza My Heart at Longfellow Food Hall, 5333 Adeline St. (at 54th St.), Oakland

Signal coffee roaster

Alameda-based coffee giants Signal Coffee just opened their first Berkeley on Solano location in the former Brazilian Breads. Owner Brendan Doherty told Nosh staffer Anna Mindess that the location will feature coffee and pastries not found at its other outpost and that he expects to hold a grand opening celebration in the coming weeks. Signal Coffee Roasters, 1707 Solano Ave., Berkeley

Delicious Sichuan

Toothpick Lamb with Cumin at Tasty Szechuan. Credit: Tasty Szechuan/Doordash

Thanks to an East Coast reader who was visiting family in Hayward, we’ve heard that this town has a promising new Chinese restaurant in Tasty Szechuan that has opened in the past few days in the former A Heart Szechwan Fish. Local reviews have bordered on excitement so far. Delicious Sichuan766 A St., Hayward


Featured Image: Inside Fieldwork’s new spaces in San Leandro. Photo Credit: Field Research/Instagram

Updated: September 17, 2022 — 12:32 am

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