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The Dish: Spinoffs Land in the Richmond, East Bay

Because it's restaurant opening season, it's a busy time for The Dish, your source for the latest and greatest in debuts. See something new in your area? The tip line awaits. Today, let's welcome a pair of new siblings.

1) Pot de Pho: At this very moment, open for the first time is Pot de Pho, the 60-seat endeavor by Khai Duong of Ana Mandara glory. As mentioned earlier in these parts, Duong is offering a very specialized, traditional pho menu in the former Spanish Fly space on Geary. Both lunch and dinner are go, but there's a special advisory for those looking to dive into the pho ASAP: please be aware that they don't have their credit card machine hooked up, so it's cash-only for the time being. 3300 Geary Boulevard, at Parker, The Richmond; 415-668-0826 [Eater Staff]

2) Maritime East: Across the Bay, Telegraph Avenue has already welcomed a San Francisco offshoot of their own. From the same people as Lombard Street's Cafe Maritime comes Maritime East. Self-taught, Cambodian-born Sophina Uong is heading up the kitchen, and under her watch, Maritime East is already garnering early comparisons to East Bay gems Pizzaiolo and Sea Salt: "With the combination of reasonable prices, organic and sustainable ingredients, and a talented kitchen staff, they have the potential to become a Berkeley darling." 2826 Telegraph Avenue, btwn Stuart & Oregon, Berkeley, (510) 848-9299, website [Chowhound]