There was plenty to be thankful for in November, starting with the holiday-like atmosphere at local vaccination clinics, as children ages 5-11 proudly received their first doses of protection against COVID-19. Last week, the beautiful Bay Area weather provided a helping hand for Thanksgiving-filled meetings for Thanksgiving with friends and family. I hope your chosen holiday was safe, nutritious, drama-free and filled with deep breaths and gratitude.

Meanwhile, things with the restaurant industry are busy but uncertain thanks to the ever-changing challenges of the pandemic (we are looking at you, supply chain problems and the upcoming omicron variant). Thanks to the dedicated owners and staff who did their best to safely take care of the growing number of indoor restaurants in a weird season.

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Patrick Star (fried chicken, Korean barbecue sauce, Jack pepper cheese and farm sauce) at Crave Subs, which just moved to a larger location on 2122 Shattuck Ave. Credit: Crave Subs / Instagram

CRAVE SUBS The fast paced casual Crave Subs Berkeley has left its digs on Center Street and is now enjoying halal specialties in a larger downtown area at 2122 Shattuck Ave. The extensive sandwich menu features many options, including choices for vegetarian and vegan diets. Locals can recall the vast and central location from the time when it was the previous seasons of Japan. Crave Subs, 2122 Shattuck Ave. (between Center and Addison streets), Berkeley

ITALIAN HEROIC Delicious Italian gourmet Heroic Italian has relocated to the former Mise en Place café, gathering fans for its well-crafted sandwiches, salads and antipasti made with meat, cheese and other imported Italian ingredients. (Fresh pasta dishes will be coming soon.) Don’t miss the wine list, specialty canned fish, or breakfast sandwich made with eggs, Fontal, truffle mayonnaise, aioli, roasted tomatoes, and a selection of side dishes. porchetta or avocado, all served. days. As reported by Nosh editor Eve Batey, this is the second Santa Monica-based food location in the Gulf Area; the first opened in Castro in San Francisco last December. Italian heroic, 2020 Kittredge Ave. (between Milvia Street and Harold Way), Berkeley


The Heart & Soul bowl at Baba’s House is the impossible meat grinder with white miso, vegetables and vegetable chips with roots over rice. Credit: Dad’s House
The Heart & Soul bowl at Baba’s House is the impossible meat grinder with white miso, vegetables and vegetable chips with roots over rice. Credit: Dad’s House

FATHER’S HOUSE Follow the White Rabbit sweets in this elegant swallow of nostalgic Asian-American flavors, as first shared by Elena Kadvany of the Chronicle. The Oakland Multilevel Den is a restaurant, a market, a grocery and gift shop, an art gallery (with parts for sale) and a mah jongg entertainment venue, a DJ booth and other entertainment food. The chef is AC Boral, known for the modern flavors of Filipino cuisine, though his menu includes the range of foods from gyoza to Caesar salad with salted eggs with crunchy shrimp-headed croutons. Check out the grocery store that sells local and imported food and drinks of Asian origin. Baba’s house, 410 15th St. (between Broadway and Franklin Street), Oakland

CAFE COFFEE STATION Opened earlier this fall, the new Cairo Station Café in Uptown serves falafel (including specialized shrimp falafel), shawarma, turnip and rice dishes to eat or receive, and aims to treat “the all customers as pharaohs “. Sign up for us. Cairo Station Cafe, 1720 Telegraph Ave. (between Routes 17 and 18), Oakland

MAM HANOI Already received impressive support is the newcomer to the Vietnamese restaurant Mam Hanoi. The restaurant near Chinatown serves banh mi dishes, pho and noodles, as well as special special dishes large enough for two. Mam Hanoi Restaurant, 261A 10th St. (on Alice Street), Oakland

MIETTE Patisserie & CONFISERIE In a sweet change, Montclair’s former Batch Pastries is now Miette. The beloved candy store mini-chain by chef owner Meg Ray began as the Berkeley and Ferry Building farmers’ market stall in 2001, before graduating in specialty stores, similar to the boutique and confectionery in Ferry Building in San Francisco, Hayes Valley and Marin County. . In 2009, Ray opened a bakery and retailer in Jack London Square, but as Tablehopper reported last month, a dispute with the landlord forced it to close there – so it was relocated to the village of Montclair. Look for a range of cakes, pasta, tarts and other cakes (Monteclairs!), As well as Ray’s newest project, sourdough. Miette Patisserie & Confiserie in Montclair Village, 2220 Mountain Blvd., Oakland

M2 MIMOZA ON GRAND This elegant new bar and lounge for cocktails and champagne offers bar snacks, bottle service and ample space for private celebrations and events. Sundays represent endless late mornings. M2 Mimosa in Grand, 3320 Grand Ave. (between Mandana Boulevard and Lake Park Avenue), Oakland

OSHA THAI EXPRESS In 1996, chef Lalita Souksamlane opened a modest noodle shop on Geary Street in San Francisco and named it Osha, the Thai royal word for “ambrosial”. Since then, the Thai-born chef, with an eye for wealth, has created a small empire, including the spacious Osha restaurant at the Embarcadero Center, the many casual Osha Thai Express locations in San Francisco, and the Lao Table in SoMa. It has also expanded overseas to Bangkok; is behind the Torsap Thai Kitchen in Walnut Creek (and, soon, Hawaii); and even opened a Thai-themed luxury resort in Napa during the pandemic called BANN in Oak Knoll. This month she adds Oakland to her cookie, with the new Osha Thai Express at Daughter’s Diner in Uptown, with curry, noodles, rice dishes, salads and soups. Osha Thai Express, 326 23rd St., Oakland

BEST OF PHILLY The newest tenant of Oakland Food Hall ghost kitchen for pick-up or drop-off is Philly’s Best steak restaurant, which serves East Coast-style cheese steaks (yes, in Amoroso rolls), chicken steaks, hoagies and burgers. This is the first California-based chain attack on ghost kitchen service; there is also a Philly’s Best with brick and mortar located near Oakland Airport. Philly Best within Oakland Food Hall, 2352 E 12th St., Oakland

TAQUERIA LA VENGANZA This new market and restaurant offers vegetarian-based Mexican cuisine from longtime vegan chef Raul Medina. Dishes include vegan burritos, gorditas, empanadas, tacos, stuffed chips and posole, custom now being taken for tamales and chilaquiles for the upcoming holidays. The main products of the cellar include bags with 100% plant-based carnitine and other spicy vegan foods. Taqueria La Venganza, 597 15th St. (on Jefferson Street), Oakland


Pappardelle with La Fontaine Seafood. Credit: La Fontaine / Instagram

LA FONTAINE The popular Mountain View restaurant opened a second location in Walnut Creek in November, within the area best known as Le Cheval’s home for more than 11 years. The Bay Area News Group reports that the French-Italian’s East Bay post serves a Provencal menu for lunch and dinner, with options such as branzino, steak fries and pasta. La Fontaine, 375 N. Broadway (near Arroyo Way, Walnut Creek – Eve Batey

MOLLI RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Reyes Ramos, the owner of Agave Grill inside Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza, has made an interesting pivot: he hired Julián Lopez-Kelly, an active East Bay chef, who drew the crowd with his Molli window to nearby Nicaragua. La Fritanguera, for him. run the country. So in many ways, this is a story of a bouncing window that has found a permanent home, then refocused to become a good dining destination. Molli’s opening prompted the Bay Area News Group to ask if Concord was ready for a good dinner, but if emails to Nosh are an indication, there is a lot of demand in the area for a menu like Lopez-Kelly’s. with a ribeye steak that ages for 60 days. , ramenbirra (the name tells the tale) or a $ 44 paella for two. Molli Restaurant & Lounge, 1935 Galindo St. (at Todos Santos Plaza), Concord – Eve Batey

RAMEN GAGA 2 Pleasanton’s wife Ramen GaGa has landed a second location in Richmond in the Pacific East Mall, offering your ramen signature and build, as well as small plates, salads, tempura and other specialties. The dishes contain imported Japanese and fresh local ingredients. Ramen GaGa 2, Pacific East Mall, 3288 Pierce St., Suite C136, Richmond

SAMMY IS IN WONDERFUL HORNS A PSA for fans of this bouncing window of new Korean food serving crunchy stuffed pancakes called hodduck (sometimes spelled hotteok): Sammy’s is now hosting the hodduck at Wondrous Brewing in Emeryville regularly, as well as at Aloha Club, Original Beer Model and the creation of the novel. Readers may have noticed Elena Kadvany’s part in the pop-up of street food fashion and her boss Sammy Pak. Check out Instagram for dates and locations. Sammy’s, various East Bay locations

SHELL SHOCK SEA HOUSE What was once Katsu in Alameda is now Shell Shock Seafood House. The Hayward-based Cajun Seafood Restaurant collects dishes with crab, shrimp, fried catfish and other seafood, as well as gombo, garlic noodles and lots of spices. Shell Shock Seafood House, 1465 Webster St. (on Santa Clara Avenue), Alameda