Diablo Dish: Oeste Brings Bold Flavors to Old Oakland
Ici Ice Cream opens a second Berkeley location; Danville awaits Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery; Gott’s Roadside keeps things busy; Happy Meals for grown ups at Gather; and more Dish.
Ambitious Oeste Opens in Old Oakland
While the Temescal and Uptown districts have been getting most of the attention lately, Old Oakland—a couple blocks north of Broadway on the east side of 880—is also making moves.
The latest addition is Oeste—a café, bar, and restaurant on Clay Street.
The plan is for the daytime café to serve coffee and a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, and then at night, Oeste will transform into a 21-and-over-only bar offering mainly small plates.
The menu is mostly Latin, but also incorporates Asian, Middle Eastern, and American soul food elements. And even better, the rooftop bar is opening soon, making the sky the limit for Oeste.
Ici Ice Cream Adds Second Berkeley Outlet
Not only is the University Avenue shop new, but it also offers milkshakes alongside its famous scoops, according to Nosh. The first store—in the Elmwood neighborhood—houses the production facility for Ici Ice Cream, but the same goodies are available at the latest location.
Cupcakes + Ice Cream = A Winning Combo
Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery will add a touch of sweetness to Danville Square, and it’s hard to argue with a concept that combines gourmet cupcakes with quality ice cream.
The nationwide chain emerged from owner Jeff Martin’s cupcake vision, one that has been featured on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and even appeared on The View.
The first Northern California shop will open where zpizza used to be in February, if all goes well, so there will finally be a chance for locals to find out what the excitement is about.
Gott’s Gets Busy in the New Year
Gott’s Roadside in Walnut Creek has only been open for a few weeks, but even though the dust has barely settled, there are already some additions to the menu.
Two January specials feature Dungeness crab and reflect Gott’s modern approach to California classics. Diners can taste Meyer lemon aioli, for example, on the crab sandwich, while avocado and a secret sauce enliven the crab and shrimp Louie.
Gather’s Grown-Up Happy Meals
Why should kids be the only ones who can enjoy a Happy Meal?
That eternal question has been answered at Berkeley’s Gather, where for $20 adults can get a Mindful Meats burger and fries, a local small brew, and a shot of bourbon.
The adult Happy Meal is available in the bar from 5 p.m. to closing seven days a week.
One of the signature flavors of Oakland’s Agave Uptown is now available to take home, as the restaurant is selling its popular mole sauce by the bottle.
For $10, you will receive 16 ounces of a secret family recipe containing 20 delicious ingredients. A portion of the sale is donated to a local youth job skills’ program that’s focused on the restaurant business.