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Bakery and cafe L'acajou, open since 2010 at 9th and Bryant in San Francisco, launched an East Bay outpost in February on Woodminster Lane near Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland Hills. (Owner Matthew Roder, who lives in Oakland, wanted to expand his business closer to home.) The café serves coffee drinks and an array of buttery, French-inspired baked goods – egg tarts, seasonal fruit concoctions – as well as heartier fare such as meaty sandwiches, soups and good salads. L'acajou, 5020 Woodminster Lane, Oakland, CA 94602, 510-842-9308.
Napa's C Casa, long a popular option at the Oxbow Public Market, has opened an East Bay branch at the Public Market Emeryville. The taqueria favors the freshest possible seasonal ingredients in flavorful combinations for its made-to-order tacos. Try any of its varieties plump with rotisserie or grilled meats or seafood, or heaped with vegetarian ingredients such as sweet potatoes, pea shoots, goat cheese, black beans, avocado crema and toasted pumpkin seeds. Lunch & Dinner daily. C Casa, Public Market Emeryville, 5959 Shellmound St., Emeryville, CA 94608, 510-679-1800.
Oakland's Uptown neighborhood continues to shift and grow, with several San Francisco standouts opening outposts there. The owners of the city's upscale Dosa mini-chain – Anjan and Emily Mitra, who own the swank Dosa on Fillmore and the original location in the Mission District – have launched a smart, modern, fast-casual restaurant called dosa by Dosa on Broadway. Counter-service offerings include the places’ famed Indian dosas, chutneys, soups and sides, at as high a "spice point" as customers desire. Cocktails are available at the all-day bar, breakfast is a unique and pleasant option here and there is a very happy nightly happy hour. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. dosa by Dosa, 2301 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-285-6823.
Dominique Crenn continues to launch new projects around the Bay Area, finding outlets for her seemingly boundless energies. On March 13, her swank wine bar Bar Crenn opened at 3131 Fillmore St., adjacent to her restaurant Atelier Crenn. Hours are Tues.-Sat., 4:30 p.m. until midnight. Also on the horizon is a large-scale restaurant, retail, art and fashion enterprise in the new Salesforce Tower, called Boutique Crenn, set to possibly open in late 2018. Bar Crenn, 3131 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-440-0460.
Copper Spoon has been providing Oaklanders with a spacious new option for playful, flavorful California cuisine and cocktails since October, and is now open for weekday lunch. Chef is Andre Hall. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Copper Spoon, 4031 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611, 510-897-7061.
In short, some of the Bay Area's most authentic pasta dishes can be found at Belotti Bottega, a new-ish counter-service location for chef Michele Belotti, owner of Belotti Ristorante on College Avenue in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood. The Piedmont Avenue bottega ("little shop") offers fresh, house-made pasta for dine in or takeout, as well as the chef's famed sauces also available to go. While pasta made with imported Italian flour is formed, rolled and cut in view of diners at the handful of counter seats, guests can enjoy dishes such as silken pappardelle with beef reduction and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms or airy gnocchi in a sultry Bolognese. Try any of Belotti's stuffed pastas. Delivery is an option. Lunch & Dinner daily. Belotti Bottega, 4001-B Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611, 510-350-7619.
Opening in spring 2018, Piri Pica will bring casual Portuguese cooking to the space currently occupied by Frjtz on Valencia in the Mission (Frjtz is moving just around the corner). Chef Telmo Faria, a native of the Azores, has enjoyed much success with his first, more upscale venture Uma Casa, located in Noe Valley; this new restaurant is a venture with London expat Khalid Mushasha of Lolinda. With Piri Pica, Faria and Mushasha hope to bring piri piri chicken – flame-grilled chicken marinated in a blend of punchy flavors, including the piri piri chili pepper for which the dish is named – to the San Francisco mainstream, along with other fast-casual Portuguese dishes that include shrimp, pork and vegetables. Once open, the restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily. Piri Pica, 590 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, no phone.
Chef Donato Scotti (Donato Enoteca, Donato & Co., Cru Wine Bar & Merchant) has announced he will take a chance on a roomy Embarcadero location known for its high turnover. The picturesque spot at 100 Brannan, near the AT&T Park, has housed many properties over the decades with the notable inclusion of Charles Phan's Slanted Door before its move to the San Francisco Ferry Building. The spot's most recent tenant, Caputo, lasted six months. Scotti's proposed venture, an Italian project called Cento Osteria, opening TBD, just might hit the right notes for that burgeoning neighborhood. Stay tuned. Cento Osteria, 100 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94107, no phone.
Cambodian chef Nite Yun will combine nostalgia and spice in her first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Nyum Bai ("let's eat"), opening February 17 and located in Oakland's Fruitvale District in the former Half Orange. Yun’s addictive Cambodian soups and meat, vegetable and noodle dishes have been popular at Bay Area pop-ups for years, and recently won fans at a temporary stand at Emeryville's Public Market. Yun's new spot will showcase two of the young chef's deeply personal loves: fresh, home-style Cambodian cooking and vintage, 1960s Cambodian pop and rock-n-roll from her parents' generation. Nyum Bai, 3340 E. 12th St., Ste. 11, Oakland, CA 94601, 415-824-2729.

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Sonoma International Film Festival takes place March 21-25 Food, Wine & Cinema: Sonoma International Film Festival Takes Place March 21-25
The Sonoma International Film Festival, now in its 21st year, is not only a celebration of cinema but also of the region’s food and wine. Among the 110 total films screened will be opening night’s “Borg vs. McEnrose,” the story of the 1980 Wimbledon match between Björn Borg and John McEnroe, and “Back to Burgundy,” a French film about three siblings coming together to save the family winery. Closing the festival will be “Chef,” the Indian remake of the 2014 foodie favorite film. Meanwhile, attendees can also check out special culinary events like the opening night’s Gala on the Backlot featuring cuisine from Sonoma restaurants and Thursday’s Chefs & Shorts Culinary Extravaganza with five celebrity chefs, including one of GAYOT’s Best Female Chefs in the U.S. Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, one of GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.), Evan Funke (Felix Trattoria), John McReynolds (Stone Edge Farms) and John Toulze (The Girl & the Fig), offering dishes inspired by short films, which will be simultaneously be screened to the audience. For ticket information and more, please visit
Commis Offshoot CDP One of Growing List of High-End, Restaurant-Born Cocktail Bars
La Folie has La Folie Lounge, Atelier Crenn now has Bar Crenn, and for several months, chef James Syhabout's elegant, understated restaurant Commis has had CDP ("chef de partie"), an inviting new bar and lounge opened adjacent to the restaurant on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. CDP's full bar focuses on brandy, sparkling wines and Champagne in lush cocktails, with bar bites (and caviar service) from Syhabout to complement. The restaurant's wine list is also available in the lounge. Open nightly Wed.-Sun.. CDP, 3861 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611, no phone.
Chef Preeti Mistry Spices Up Breakfast & Lunch at Navi Kitchen
Celeb chef Preeti Mistry has closed her Oakland restaurant Juhu Beach Club but her lively, Indian-inspired cuisine is still available for breakfast and lunch at her year-old restaurant Navi Kitchen in Emeryville. The casual eatery features counter service and a popular outdoor seating area. Try any of the Indian-inflected pizzas. Breakfast & Lunch Tues.-Sun.. Navi Kitchen, 5000 Adeline St., Emeryville, CA 94608, 510-285-6923.
Agave Uptown Celebrates One Year
Known for its colorful, upscale plates of authentic Oaxacan flavors and boasting an irresistible array of mezcal-focused cocktails, Agave Uptown celebrated its one year anniversary recently with the opening of a pretty, 32-seat al fresco patio. The sidewalk seating area is well-suited to the Bay Area's early spring weather and people-watching of Oakland's Uptown neighborhood, as well as executive chef Octavio Diaz's Mexican dishes. Look for the chef's mole, blended from a secret family recipe, available for sale at the restaurant. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Agave Uptown, 2135 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612, 510-288-3668.


In February, ebullient chef Hoss Zare departed San Francisco and returned to his native Iran. During his decades in this country, Zare coaxed smiles from patrons and staff alike in restaurants such as The Fly Trap and Zare through his smiling "Hoss-pitality." The Fly Trap, 606 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-243-0580.
Charlie Palmer and his associates have sold San Francisco's swank Mystic Hotel and downstairs speakeasy Burritt Room + Tavern to 417 Stockton St., LLC, and the restaurant has a new name, Mystic Room + Tavern. Burritt Room + Tavern, Mystic Hotel , 417 Stockton St., San Francisco, CA 94108, no phone.


Jillian's in the Metreon has closed after 20 years. The sports bar and pool hall will reopen with a new concept in the coming months. Jillian's, Metreon, 175 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
California-Vietnamese enclave Urban Picnic, long a healthful (and flavorful) lunch choice for Financial District types, has closed. Urban Picnic, 125 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94108, no phone.
The owners of the Izzy's Steak & Chop House mini chain have opted to shutter their Oakland location to stay focused on their San Carlos and San Francisco locales. Izzy's Steak & Chop House, 59 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, no phone.
Sad news for South Park in San Francisco – The Butler & The Chef has closed after decades of serving baguette sandwiches, plates of pâté and cornichons, crêpes and cafes au lait. Lovers of the bistro's chic, vintage French furnishings and décor --- the owners' first vocation --- can visit the owners' antiques showroom at 1118 Harrison St. in San Francisco, and their website. The Butler & The Chef, 155A South Park St., San Francisco, CA 94107, no phone.
Twenty-year-old family-friendly restaurant Park Chow, one of Tony Gulisano's Chow mini-chain properties and long a city favorite for comfortable indoor and outdoor brunches, lunches and dinners near Golden Gate Park, closed in January. Gulisano shuttered the Inner Sunset location as his newest venture, Chow Oakland, is to open at 3770 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. His additional three Chow restaurants in Danville, Lafayette and on Church Street in San Francisco remain open and busy. Park Chow, 1240 Ninth Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122, no phone.
Chef Donato Scotti (Donato Enoteca, Cru Wine Bar & Merchant) has closed his four-year-old Oakland outpost Desco. But the chef is not idle: Scotti recently opened a new Berkeley flagship, Donato & Co., alongside chef Gianluca Guglielmi, and has future designs on a space on San Francisco's Embarcadero. Desco, 499 9th St., Oakland, CA 94607, no phone.
Several San Francisco old-timers have closed with the beginning of 2018. On Market Street, DeLessio Market & Bakery, for decades a top choice for classic cakes, pastries and deli fare, has shuttered. On Polk Street, Greek restaurant Myconos has closed, alongside old-school sushi spot Nara Sushi.
Meritage at the luxury Claremont Club & Spa has closed, with no word yet on its replacement. The elegant hotel and private club is a signature locale for special occasion dining in the East Bay. In the wake of Meritage's closure, Limewood, a second restaurant within the hotel, will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and now brunch on weekends. Meritage at the Claremont, Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley, CA 94705, no phone.
Only months after shuttering soulful Fillmore District outpost 1300 Fillmore, owners David Lawrence and Monetta White have also pulled the plug on their current location of Black Bark BBQ. The restaurant, hailed as offering some of the best barbecue in San Francisco, will apparently return sometime in 2018, just in a new location. Black Bark BBQ, 1325 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, no phone.
Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar is temporarily closed for repairs. Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar, 13670 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen, CA 95442, 707-996-6409.
In a move that has broken the hearts of pizza purists across the Bay Area, chef Anthony Mangieri closed Una Pizza Napoletana on December 23, to move with his family back to the East Coast. The New Jersey native first developed a cult following for his pizza in his home state, followed by success in Manhattan, and then took a chance in San Francisco when he opened Una Pizza in 2010. Una Pizza Napoletana, 210 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.

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