Taste . . .

. . . the tender pulled pork sandwich at Café 15 (597 15th St, Oakland); smooth and strong AeroPress coffee at Catahoula Coffee Company (12471 San Pablo Ave, Richmond); a spicy vegan taquito plate at Flacos (new restaurant at 3091 Adeline St, Berkeley, in addition to their Berkeley Farmers’ Markets booths); the juicy, slow-grilled chicken at Primo’s Parrilla (food truck based in Emeryville); a beautifully balanced vegan charcuterie platter at Gather (2200 Oxford St, Berkeley); the creamy burrata at Boot and Shoe Service (3308 Grand Ave, Oakland), a comforting vanilla milkshake with housemade caramel and marshmallow fluff at TrueBurger (146 Grand Ave, Oakland); the sweet-tart passion fruit caramel truffle at Chocolatier Blue (1964 University Ave, Berkeley); a velvety smooth Meyer lemon sorbetto at Lush Gelato (4184 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, and new location at 1511 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley); the mind-blowing chocolate balsamic tart at Oliveto (5655 College Ave, Oakland); Fred Hempel’s famous tomatoes and other Sunol Ag Park produce on a sandwich at the Sunol Jazz Café (11984 Main St, Sunol).

This new mini guide to some of the best tastes in the East Bay is created by Christina Mitchell of eastbaydish.com.

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