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Hawaiian Celebrity Chef’s Poke Shop Heading for the Bay Area

Plus 4505 Burgers & BBQ teases Oakland and more a.m. intel

Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max/Facebook

Legit Hawaiian in the South Bay

James Beard Award-winning chef Sam Choy is opening his first restaurant in California on October 13. After launching two restaurants and three food trucks in Washington, he’s bringing a Poke to the Max to San Bruno, at 629 San Mateo Avenue. As with Hawaiian poke shops, Poke to the Max will showcase a variety of poke — often bathed in shoyu, sesame oil, green onions, and few other adornments — in glass deli cases. In other words, this won’t be your build-your-own, add-heaps-of-fake-crab poke bowl spot. Expect traditional Hawaiian lunch plates, too, featuring loco moco, kalua pork, Spam musubi, and more.

4505 in the 510

4505 Burgers & BBQ is, indeed, still planning to open a location in Oakland’s Laurel district at 3506 MacArthur Boulevard. But it’s taking forever. Until that opening date happens, East Bay denizens can get 4505’s cheeseburgers, spicy fries, and grit cake sandwiches every Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Degrees Plato; as well as smoked meats straight from its mobile barbecue unit, the pig rig, every Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. at Ghost Town Brewery. The 4505 pop-ups kick off this Sunday, September 30.

A new stall opens at Public Market Emeryville

NabiQ is now open in Emeryville’s food hall, joining the likes of Minnie Bell’s Soul Food Movement, Koja Kitchen, and Shiba Ramen. This is NabiQ’s second location following one in San Jose, but in ways, NabiQ’s Emeryville entrance feels like a homecoming — it’s owned by the same family that owns Sorabol, which had a location at the market back in the 1980s. NabiQ serves a simple menu of Korean meats with rice and vegetables.

Brewcade looks to expand

Over in the Castro, arcade bar Brewcade sent a letter to the San Francisco Planning Department explaining interest in taking over the space next door, which is currently occupied by Mexican restaurant Botellón. At this stage, it’s merely an inquiry — read more about it on Hoodline.

Ghost Town Brewing

3506 MacArthur Boulevard, , CA 94619 (510) 227-6009 Visit Website

Degrees Plato

4251 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619 +1 510-479-3366 Visit Website


2200 Market Street, , CA 94114 (415) 872-5310 Visit Website

Public Market Emeryville

5959 Shellmound Street, , CA 94608 (510) 652-5852 Visit Website