An Oakland Food Truck pulls club-goers out of the bar and onto the street
A food truck called Shrimp Falafel Mix is Oakland’s “hottest club,” reports SF Gate. While it’s a Stefon-esque claim, a look at the following video, captured outside of the truck’s slot adjacent to the Fox Theater, suggests that there is something to that claim. As you might expect from the name, the truck specializes in homemade falafel and grilled prawns, but just as important is the slapping Egyptian pop made by owners Mamdoho Hassan and Elsayed Elhamaki. “People come here after the bar and tell us, ‘Your music is better than the bar,” says Elhamaki.
The remains of the 3300 Club are back on the market
A fire in June 2016 destroyed the Mexican restaurant Playa Azul and badly damaged the 60-year-old 3300 Club (it displaced at least 58 people and burned down a place owned by the local Cole Hardware chain). Since then, the building on 29th and Mission Streets has been vacant as it passed through the hands of several developers and came back to market at a cost of $ 3.1 million. Now the Mission Economic Development Agency is hoping to buy the two-story, 4,500-square-foot building, Chron reports, and plans to restore the apartment buildings and rebuild a neighborhood bar that once housed the 3300 Club.
Chef Srijith Gopinathan travels to Palo Alto
Campton Place has just received its second Michelin star for its Calindian dishes, but now the chef who is credited with this success will split his time between the hotel in San Francisco and a new venture in Palo Alto. Executive Chef Srijith Gopinathan has been named chef partner at Ettan, a “contemporary Indian” venue slated to open in January at 518 Bryant Street in Palo Alto, the Merc reports. Gopinathan will not leave Campton Place, however, and tells the Chron that when Ettan “is up and running I will look for a chef to step in and watch over” since “Campton Place is not what I am.” could ever go away. “
SF WeeklyThe food columnist says Taqueria Vallartas are the best in town
SF Weekly columnist Ryan Basso (who, according to LinkedIn, is also Ruth Reichl’s personal assistant!?!) Has declared Taqueria Vallarta the home of “the best taco in San Francisco”. Significantly, it is also “the first taqueria I ever stumbled into,” writes Basso, but today’s visits suggest that the place endures with its offerings of cabeza (head of beef), pancita (lamb stomach) and beech (pork) Neck) particularly noteworthy.
The Arizmendi Bakery’s Emeryville site will definitely be rebuilt
Berkeleyside reports that the Arizmendi bakery on 4301 San Pablo Avenue in Emeryville has been closed for almost a year since the driver of an “older Volvo model” slammed into the back wall. Based on a recent Instagram post from the bakery showing construction progress, reporter Sarah Han speculates that the bakery could reopen as early as January 2020.
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