Tartine is baking bread and much more in LA
Tartine Manufactory has expanded with a second — and giant — location in Los Angeles. LA’s Manufactory is now open, spanning 40,000 square feet and serving coffee, pastries, bread, ice cream, and more. Unlike the San Francisco original, the LA version also includes a 2,800-square-foot market stocked with kitchen staples as well as salads and hot dishes for takeaway; Tartine Bianco, a restaurant specializing in pseudo-flatbread pizzas; a sunken garden patio for lounging; and an additional restaurant called Alameda Supper Club. This is only the beginning for Tartine’s LA takeover: Three more cafes are opening across Silver Lake, Santa Monica, and Hollywood.
More soul food for Oakland
The Fillmore’s now-closed soul food restaurant Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles is inching toward reopening in a new location in Uptown, Oakland. The new spot at 2021 Broadway is expected to open in June. Owner Michele Wilson used to run a Northern Californian post of Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles before branching out on her own.
Two ways to poke
San Francisco and San Jose both got new poke spots. Urban Bowls is now open in Hayes Valley at 340 Grove Street, which offers the typical build-your-own poke bowl model, plus some hot dishes like teriyaki chicken and deep-fried Spam musubi. San Jose’s Aloha Fresh (225 Jackson Street) is the second location for the Cupertino restaurant, and unlike most of the Bay Area’s poke spots, Aloha Fresh serves poke as is traditionally done in Hawai‘i. The poke is pre-sauced and sits in a display case, ready to be scooped with no extra adornment. You can order it over rice with sides like lomi lomi salmon or kimchi, or straight-up by the pound.
Get that crab
Steampunk, nautically-themed Supreme Crab is now open at 245 Jefferson Street on Fisherman’s Wharf with kitschy decor and, more importantly, Viet-Cajun fare. Shrimp, clams, crawfish, crab, and more are available by the pound, boiled in plastic bags with spicy Cajun sauces.
Pie for lunch?
Formerly a roving pop-up, Pye has recently settled into San Franpsycho (1248 9th Avenue) in the Inner Sunset. Pye now operates a small cafe Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. within the clothing store, serving Wrecking Ball coffee along with its own handheld mini pies. You can choose between three filings: butter chicken, minced beef with cheese, or mushroom leek, each going for $11.
New eats in the Oakland hills
Oakland’s Montclair has a new neighborhood bar and restaurant: Taps and Takeout (5736 Thornhill Drive). It offers a tight menu of salads, soups, sandwiches, dinner plates, and sides — plus a kids’ menu — including matzo ball soup, meatballs, and fish and chips. As the name suggests, beer is a focus, with tasting flights of four brews available for $10.