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Weekly Dish: New Off the Grid in Uptown

OTG to debut in Uptown Oakland; dogs banned at Lazy Dog; Ice Monsters crash Walnut Creek; and more!


Off the Grid, the San Francisco-based food truck organizer, is expanding its reach even further into the East Bay. After debuting new markets in Concord, Pleasant Hill, and Pleasanton, OTG has plans to start a weekly food truck gathering this month in Uptown Oakland on Monday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. It’ll consist of a rotating selection of nine food trucks and be located in the vacant lot next to the Fox Theater at Telegraph Avenue and Williams Street. Look for the inaugural market to happen later this month.

We tipped you off a couple months ago about Wasabi, the conveyor belt–style sushi establishment coming to Pleasanton’s Stoneridge shopping center. Well, it debuted last week in all its motorized glory. Dishes come on different colored plates, which correspond to different price points, and diners can just snag whatever looks tasty, from sushi to gyoza to teriyaki. Click here to check out the menu.

Ah, the irony… Claycord notes that Concord’s Lazy Dog Restaurant, which touts a relaxed, canine-friendly vibe, recently banned dogs from its outdoor patio. To be fair, this was a decision forced on them by the County health department, according to a notice posted at the restaurant. The story has provoked quite a few comments on Claycord, where it seemed (by my rough count) to be a popular decision to kick pooches off the patio. Must be a lot of cat lovers out there…

Ice Monster. That’s the ferocious name of a new shaved snow and flavored drink shop that recently opened in Walnut Creek’s Nob Hill shopping center, according to Beyond the Creek. And this isn’t snow cones we’re talking about here, it’s a Taiwanese style treat consisting of ribbons of shaved flavored ice that’s actually made out of less ice than fruit. (similar to Snowflake in Dublin, which Diablo wrote about a couple years ago). Various toppings are available.

A few more bites from the (510) side of town…

Enoteca Molinari in Oakland’s Rockridge district has expansion plans according to Inside Scoop.

La Farine bakery on Berkeley’s Solano Avenue has closed, amid some controversy, according to Berkeleyside.

B-Dama will close it’s Izakaya on Piedmont Avenue, switching operations to its upcoming new Old Oakland location, according to East Bay Express. A Thai restaurant will go into the old space.

And finally, the feline-friendly Cat Town Café looks like it’ll become a reality in Oakland, as owners have snagged a location on Broadway, according to SF Eater. They hope to open as soon as September. 

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