Seared Cod with Dungeness Crab Tortelloni, Clams, and Shellfish Broth from Alley & Vine, a new farm restaurant in Alameda. Photo: Nicola Parisi
Alley & Vine opens in Alameda
The team behind San Francisco’s Waterbar and Farallon gourmet bastions – Francisco Bazo, Casey Hunt, and Chef Jason Ryczek – opened a new restaurant in Alameda called Alley & Vine, which launches for takeout and delivery today. Alley & Vine’s California menu features dishes made with locally sourced produce, fresh seafood and sustainably grown meats. Some menu highlights include a duck confit salad sandwich (US $ 13), homemade pappardelle with bolognese (US $ 25), roasted cod with dungeness crab tortelloni, clams and shellfish broth (US $ 34), and a luxurious starter with California sturgeon caviar, served on smoked sturgeon quiche ($ 25). In addition to multiple beers and an extensive wine list, Alley & Vine serves a variety of craft cocktails that change with the season.
Although the restaurant intends to open up its dining room and invite customers to the trumpet-vine covered terrace if allowed, Alley & Vine must introduce itself to guests in East Bay with food and drink take-away. Order through Toast for roadside pickup in the restaurant parking lot. Delivery is also done by Doordash. Alley & Vine is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Alley & Vine, 1332 Park St. (between Central and Encinal Avenues), Alameda
Monkey King drives to Piedmont Avenue
Monkey King, a Chinese and Asian fusion restaurant, will open a new location on Piedmont Avenue. Photo: Affenkönig / Instagram
Monkey King, with two restaurants in Alameda serving affordable and soothing Chinese and Asian fusion dishes, has just announced that it is opening a third location on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. It will take over the space that was last occupied by Itaba Kitchen & Sushi Bar. In a heartwarming and humble Instagram post about the new location, the owners of the nine-year-old admit that expanding outside of the island – especially into Oakland – was something they always wanted to do but weren’t sure about: “The idea of expanding our operations outside of Alameda always intimidated us. Oakland has an ocean of fascinating and quirky local cuisine and we always doubt that our food works outside of our comfort zone. “But they decided to take the opportunity and do their best. Monkey King is slated to open in late January. Monkey King is located at 3920 Piedmont Ave. (near Montell Street) in Oakland
Spats is temporarily closed, but Smoke Berkeley is still open for takeaway
Last week Spats decided to take a break. The downtown Berkeley waterhole announced on December 10 that it had been temporarily closed in response to the local spike in COVID-19 cases, with hopes to reopen in early 2021. But what about Smoke Berkeley, the grill restaurant they work from? Gaiters since July 2019? Fortunately, the shutter didn’t put a damp blanket on Smoke, which is still in use for takeaway and delivery from Spats’ Bentley Bar. Order Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Smoke Berkeley at 510-548-8801. Smoke Berkeley, 1974 Shattuck Ave. (near University Avenue), Berkeley
Subscribe to Nosh Weekly
Our newsletter with delicious East Bay food news
Nick’s Pizza is reopening in a new location – now with deli sandwiches!
Roast Beef Deli Sandwich from Nick’s Pizza in Oakland. Photo: Nick’s Pizza
It’s a few months after owner Nick Yapor originally planned, but Nick’s Pizza in the Bushrod neighborhood of Oakland has reopened in its new location. It’s just over a block north of its old location at 6211 Shattuck Ave. Today is the first official day in business, said Yapor. So far, he and his team are happy to be open again and like the new larger excavations. “The move has given us the ability to bring more employees back safely, although we are still trying to do a lot while keeping our ‘work capsule’ as small as possible you can feel great relief from the claustrophobic boundaries we were used to He explained.
Nick’s is back with sourdough crust pizzas, salads, baked goods and – what we’d like to try the most given the closings of Genova and Stay Gold in nearby Temescal – deli sandwiches and side dishes, but Yapor said the current menu is just a fraction of that what he wants to offer at some point. He hopes to add more wholegrain and vegetarian / vegan options to the delicatessen and bakery options, as well as more biscuits and pastries. By spring, Yapor plans to serve morning bagels and pastries five days a week and add bagel sandwiches to the menu. Nick’s Pizza is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nick’s Pizza, 6400 Shattuck Ave. (on Alcatraz Avenue), Oakland
Take-away popcorn on Sundays at the Elmwood Theater
On Sunday afternoons, Rialto Cinemas Elmwood offers popcorn and concessions to take away. Photo: Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
One thing we heard from friends during the pandemic is that not only do they see movies in theaters, but they really miss popcorn from the cinema as well. For those friends and like-minded people, we’ve got some good news – on Sundays, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Berkeley’s Rialto Cinemas Elmwood invites locals to buy popcorn, candy, and other concessions to take away while the screens stay dark. Movie theater popcorn lovers get their share of fluffy, crunchy, fluffy, golden nuggets of fluffy, crunchy goodness, and their purchase helps support a neighborhood business. In addition to walk-up orders, customers can pre-order popcorn and schedule a pick-up time. And as with restaurants offering gift certificates to diners who wish to support them at home during this difficult time of closure, the 20-year-old independent cinema is offering something similar to its superfans. The Popcorn Pass gives shoppers one large popcorn per week ($ 49-99) for 10 or 20 weeks to enjoy when the Elmwood Theater reopens. (After it was released, a reader told us that Rialto Cinemas El Cerrito has a similar take-away popcorn and concessions event on Saturdays from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, but with burgers, nachos, tater tots and more.) Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Ave. (on Ashby Avenue), Berkeley
We recently heard from a reader that Baskit, the delivery service born in the pandemic that pays for what it can produce, is closing down. We reached out to Adrian Coyne, who founded the company that offers customers fresh fruits and vegetables on a sliding scale for a week according to what they can afford. Coyne started Baskit at the start of COVID-19, at the height of panic buying, as love work while working full time in tech. The reader who told us the news of Baskit’s imminent death wondered if the group had contacted another organization to continue offering a similar service. When we asked Coyne, he replied, “I’ve had some similar inquiries from people wondering if the torch will be handed over. Such a move is not specifically planned, but if a company would reach out to me to discuss such matters, I would be happy to accomplish it. “
Last chance saved for June Taylor
June Taylor Christmas Cake. Photo: June Taylor
I was never a fan of fruitcake until I tried a piece of June Taylor’s Christmas cake a couple of holidays ago, the year Nosh introduced it. Unlike others I’ve had in the past, this fruit cake was moist and dense, juicy, with pieces of good quality dried fruit. After reading about the years of preparing every component in each loaf at Berkeley and having a taste, I could see why the cakes sold out quickly, even at $ 60 each. This year June Taylor’s Christmas cakes are $ 80-90, and the first batches of this season sold out quickly. At 9 a.m. today, Taylor released another batch of Christmas cakes that are also sold out! According to the website, there will be more this week.
Unfortunately, this is the final season for Taylor’s Christmas cake or one of their canned fruit products. According to Taylor’s website, the British expat and longtime Berkeleyan decided to close their 30-year-old business, including their retail store Still-Room, in late 2020. “I have had a long career as a craftsman. I can express my beliefs and values about food and sustainable agriculture and share this work with people around the world,” writes Taylor. The Still Room, 2207 Fourth St. (on Allston Way), Berkeley
Berkeley’s bread project helps probation officers
The headquarters of the bread project is located at 1615 University Ave. in Berkeley. Photo: Kate Williams
The Berkeley Bread Project, a nonprofit that supports low-income local people by teaching them baking skills and helping them find and keep a culinary job that pays a living wage, announced this week that it would be exclusive will focus on serving individuals parole or probation. Since its inception 20 years ago, the Bread Project has always worked with former incarcerated people, who make up about 25% of its graduates, and they have been very successful in helping them become self-sufficient. In September the organization expanded its program by a further four weeks to include teaching not only about baking but also about how to prepare and cook food. At the moment all classes are online. Towards the end of the year, the bread project is looking for donations to continue its efforts in 2021.
Arthur Mac vacation toy ride
Arthur Macs Tap & Snack is hosting a toy ride this month for the Oakland-based Legal Service for Prisoners with Children (LSPC). Longfellow Pizzeria is collecting new, unpackaged toys worth $ 5 or more through December 20 to be donated to children in Oakland with parents in custody. Every toy donated receives one entry to Arthur Mac’s raffle for free pizza and drink vouchers.
Speaking of free pizza: Arthur Mac’s is still serving pizza slices on Sundays in the New Year. The restaurant started the campaign in August, giving away a free piece to the first 200 guests every Sunday to give back to the community during the pandemic. Arthur Macs Tap and Snack, 4006 MLK Jr. Way (on 40th Street), Oakland
Help us keep you updated
Berkeleyside relies on the support of its readers so that we can continue to be freely accessible to everyone in our community. Donate so we can continue to provide you with reliable and independent reports.