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Diablo Dish: Dosa by DOSA Debuts in the East Bay

The poke craze heads to Walnut Creek; Next Level Burger opens in Concord; Nino’s closes in Berkeley; La Marcha celebrates National Sangria Day; and more Dish.


Dosa by DOSA. Photo by Kassie Berenson.

Oakland Gets Its First Dose of DOSA

DOSA, the highly acclaimed Indian restaurant with two locations in San Francisco, is heading to Uptown Oakland. Owners Anjan and Emily Mitra are opening their first East Bay restaurant on December 15 at The Hive on Broadway.

Dubbed Dosa by DOSA, the new eatery will have a counter service setup but will offer the same signature food—including home-style dishes, street-inspired fare, and tandoori classics—and for DOSA devotees, that’s the most important thing.

Dosa by DOSA will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, look for delicious specials such as South Indian pongal, a creamy Indian “oatmeal” featuring slow-cooked basmati rice, lentils, toasted cashews, raisins, and jaggery. There will a large dining area as well as some outdoor space where diners can enjoy the food and drinks from the bar, which will literally spice up some familiar cocktails.


Pokeatery. Photo by Bobak Radbin.

Pokeatery to Open in Walnut Creek

Pokeatery is bringing its Hawaiian-tinged poke to Walnut Creek by the end of the year. The new spot will be opening across the street from the Whole Foods Market on Newell Avenue.

The fast-casual, Bay Area–based restaurant chain offers sustainably sourced seafood along with a wide variety of bases, sauces, and toppings—allowing customers to create customizable poke bowls.

Other must-try items include the pokecado toast (whole-wheat toast loaded with avocado, fresh poke, and numerous toppings) and Dole Whip floats (pineapple soft-serve in pineapple juice).


Plant-Based Burgers Take Center Stage in Concord

It may seem un-American, but Next Level Burger is serious about converting carnivores to plant based–burger lovers, and its first California restaurant just opened in the new 365 by Whole Foods Market in The Veranda shopping center.

Next Level Burger has been on a roll since opening in Bend, Oregon three years ago, and now it has five locations. Head to the new Concord restaurant to try a meatless burger, hot dog, or sandwich along with specialty fries and tater tots. 

Oh, and if you worried that a milkshake might spoil the healthy glow of your meal, fear not—the shakes are dairy-free.


After 30-Plus Years, Nino’s in Berkeley Closes Down

But not to worry, Nino’s Brazilian Restaurant and Pizza will soon reopen as Baiano Pizzeria—and will still retain that Brazilian flair.

According to Berkeleyside Nosh, Nino’s was sold to Bruno and Ian Matos, who own several Baiano Pizzerias in San Francisco. Look for their thin-crust Neapolitan pies with some Brazilian touches (baiano means “resident of Bahia,” which is a Brazilian state) as well as some other Brazilian-influenced menu items.

Nino’s first opened in 1984 near the corner of Hearst and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and Mario Righi took over the restaurant in 1988, so it’s understandable that he’s ready to step back after so many years. It’s sad to see Nino’s go, but we can’t wait to try the offerings at its replacement.


Copper Spoon

Copper Spoon Adds a Late-Night Happy Hour

Oakland’s Copper Spoon has debuted a late-night Happy Hour menu that features a little something for everyone. From 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., diners can choose from a delicious array of cocktails as well as small plates such as sliders and kale salad. 

With the new late-night offering, the 80-seat Copper Spoon has added a little more buzz to the already electric Uptown and Temescal areas of Oakland.


La Marcha Celebrates Sangria

Did you know that December 20 is National Sangria Day? Of course you did, but that crucial fact might have slipped your mind during the holiday rush. If so, La Marcha in Berkeley will help refresh your memory—and recharge your batteries—by offering 50% off sangria all day. The Spanish tapas bar will even offer a special white sangria to complement the menu.

And don’t forget that during La Marcha’s two happy hours (4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Sunday), drink orders come with a free tapa.


Claremont Club & Spa

Just One Week Left to Order Claremont’s Christmas Dinner To-Go

Having the relatives over for Christmas can be complicated enough without having to cook for them, but the Claremont Club and Spa can help provide some relief by preparing a full dinner for eight to 10 people.

The $425 meal includes turkey and all of the fixings, plus dessert, wine, reheating instructions, and an apron. Orders must be in by December 20 and can be picked up on December 24 or 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


12 Days of CREAM, er, Christmas

Through December 23, CREAM will make the holidays even more fun by offering various daily specials, including $5 milkshakes, 25% off catering boxes, and 50% off ice-cream sandwiches. So head to one of the many East Bay locations to take advantage of the delicious deals and satisfy that sweet tooth.


Worth Ranch Gives Back to Local Schools

Between now and the end of the year, San Ramon’s Worth Ranch will donate 10% of customers’ bills to the East Bay school of their choice—a generous offer that makes chowing down on some excellent barbecue an even better option. All diners have to do is tell their server they want to donate, and Worth Ranch will take care of the rest.

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Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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