Guide to Good Eats Fall 2018

“Mitts and Muffy Do Brunch” by Margo Rivera-Weiss


C’era Una Volta

1332 Park St
Tuscan cuisine and seafood specialties in a European setting with additional outdoor seating. Recognized by L’Associazione Cuochi Fiorentini. Dinner and weekend brunch. Catering available.

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden

1223 Park St
Alameda’s one-of-a-kind spot for coffee, tea, herbal tonics, wholesome eats, and tea parties. Garden patio seating, gifts, loose-leaf tea, herb and coffee dispensary.

Bay Area

vp_logo_ybrVenga Paella

Best Bay Area Paella Catering. Do something different! Have a paella cooked on-site or delivered at your home or office. For small fiestas to large corporate events. “Always bringing people together.”



2650 Telegraph
Fresh and healthy Mediterranean lunch and dinner featuring organic meats, vegetable, pastas, and rices. Open 7 days breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch buffet (check website for hours). Complimentary Hummus Happy Hour and distinctive catering menu. (Also see Oakland location)

Cactus Taquería

5642 College Ave
It’s all about freshness, sustainability, and the traditional, mouthwatering flavors of Mexico. Everything made from scratch. Meats sourced from partner farms that never ever feed the animals growth hormones, antibiotics, or animal by-products.


2200 Oxford St at Allston
Called “the omnivores solution” by the New York Times, since 2009 Gather has showcased organic, “head to tail” and “root to shoot” food, craft cocktails, and sustainable local wines that truly reflect the bounty of Northern California. #gatherberkeley


2121 San Pablo Ave
rganic, handcrafted German slow food.

Lo Coco’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

1400 Shattuck Ave
Store 5, 510.843.3745
You’re part of the Lo Coco family when you come in to enjoy their authentic Sicilian pizza and pasta. Dinner Tu–Su evenings. Read the article in Edible East Bay Fall 2017. (See second location under Oakland.)

Sanctuary Bistro

1019 Camelia St
A neighborhood vegan and gluten-free bistro compassionately created for your mind, body, spirit, the animals, and the earth. Dinner W-Su 5:30–9, lunch W-F 11–3, weekend brunch 8:30–3.

Smoke_LogoSmoke Berkeley

2434 San Pablo Ave
Authentic Texas-style BBQ beef brisket, ribs, and chicken; tea-smoked salmon; South Carolina pulled pork; and all the fixin’s. Chef Tina’s blue-ribbon-winning pies and desserts made daily.

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2701 Eighth St
West Berkeley’s sustainable kitchen featuring organic coffee, whole grain pastries, amazing sandwiches on house focaccia, daily lunch specials, and Saturday brunch with house-cured bacon and sourdough waffles.

 Mendocino County

Westport-Hotel-brighterWestport Hotel and Old Abalone Pub

Westport, CA

You’ll “get sconed” at breakfast when you spend the night at this elegant little seaside hotel north of Fort Bragg. Come stay or just drop into the Old Abalone Pub for Saturday afternoon tea or dinner any Thrusday, Friday, or Saturday night.

Sabio on Main

501 Main St (at Rose)
International small plates from nationally recognized chef Francis X. Hogan. Award-winning wine list, craft libations, and an enticing bar.



3905 Piedmont Ave
Serving high-quality organic Middle Eastern cuisine on Oakland‘s Piedmont Avenue, Ba-Bite is your home away from home. Now serving weekend brunch!


246 Grand Ave
See Berkeley description. Open 7 days, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus weekend brunch. Check website for hours. (Also see Berkeley location.)

Brown Sugar Kitchen

2534 Mandela Pkwy
Chef Tanya Holland serves up “New-Style, Down-Home” cooking in Sweet West Oakland. Locally grown, organic, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible.

Cactus Taquería

5642 College Ave
It’s all about freshness, sustainability, and the traditional, mouthwatering flavors of Mexico. Everything made from scratch. Meats sourced from partner farms that never ever feed the animals growth hormones, antibiotics, or animal by-products.


2237 Broadway
Opening June 2015, Calavera is a Mexican restaurant with a focus on authentic, ingredient-driven fare and an innovative tequila/mezcal-heavy cocktail program.

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247 4th St #111
A neighborhood favorite serving breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner, using the finest ingredients found in the Bay Area.

cloveandhooflogoClove & Hoof

Butchery Restaurant
4001 Broadway
Neighborhood whole-animal butcher shop and nostalgic American restaurant. We only use sustainably and responsibly raised meats.

Fentons Restaurant & CreameryFentons

4226 Piedmont Ave
Handmade ice cream, quality ingredients, and friendly service. E.S. Fenton founded the Oakland creamery in 1894.

Grand Lake Kitchen

576 Grand Ave
May and David Wasem’s neighborhood restaurant serves American and deli fare across from beautiful Lake Merritt. Open continuously 9am–10pm, 7 days a week. Daily brunch and dinner, dine-in, take-out, delivery, catering, full-bar, dog-friendly patio! Reserve and order online.

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden

4316 Telegraph Ave
Organic, wholesome products offered in a casual and serene environment. Offering a broad selection of coffee, tea, and herbal tonics with a seasonal, nourishing food menu. Breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. Outdoor seating.

Lo Coco’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

4270 Piedmont Ave
Come in to enjoy authentic Sicilian pizza and pasta at the Lo Coco family’s original location. Dinner Tu–Su 5–10. Read the article in Edible East Bay Fall 2017. (Second location in Berkeley.)


One Broadway
On the waterfront at Jack London Square, Chef Craig DiFonzo sources ingredients locally for his Italian-inspired menu of seafood, housemade charcuterie, pizza, and fresh pastas.


5912 College Ave
Chef Eric Tucker’s globally inspired plant-based fare is served in an inviting fine-dining setting. Fresh, innovative, and organic. Dinner 7 nights and Sunday brunch. Covered/heated (dog friendly) back patio.

Spice Monkey

1628 Webster St at 17th
Spice Monkey at Howden Market is a full-service restaurant and bar with an exciting menu featuring spices and flavors from around the world. Spice Monkey spice blends, teas, dressings, and marinades available soon.

terrace-room-logo-2015The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar

1800 Madison St
Oakland’s premier lakefront restaurant, set in a 1920s Art Deco supper club with panoramic views of the Oakland hills, Downtown, and Lake Merritt. Serving reinvented American classics with a focus on “Local First,” The Terrace Room is a full-service restaurant, bar, and banquet facility.

Mendocino County

Westport Hotel and Old Abalone Pub

38921 Hwy 1, Westport
Overnight guests “get sconed” at breakfast. Locals love the Old Abalone Pub for Saturday afternoon tea or dinner on Thrusday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Port Costa

Bull Valley Roadhousebvr

14 Canyon Lake Dr
Traditional American fare with a regional touch. The 1883 hotel next door is the Victorian jewel of historic Port Costa.

Puget Sound

Someday Farm Vegan B&B

Freeland, WA
Cozy retreat in nature. Delicious home-cooked vegan breakfast.

Union City

Niles Pie Co.Niles-Pie-Co-Logo

32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd
Sweet, savory, local, and fresh pies. Eat in, carry out. Available at shops and markets around the East Bay.

West Marin County

Nick’s Cove Restaurant
Oyster Bar | Cottages

23240 Hwy 1
Marshall CA
415.663.1033 x120
Situated on the shores of Tomales Bay, Nick’s Cove offers award-winning California coastal cuisine with 12 beautifully appointed guest cottages nestled along historic Highway One.


Sorensen’s Resort

14255 Hwy 88, Hope Valley, CA
An all-season Sierra resort near South Lake Tahoe. Café serves three delicious meals a day to the traveling public.