Now, burgers and pizza
West Berkeley’s Marin Pizza, formerly Farm Burger at 1313 Ninth Street, is no more — sort of. It turns out, this slice of Berkeley wanted burgers so much that the owner briefly closed Marin Pizza and reopened last week as Berkeley Burgers. The chef from the old Farm Burger days is also still on staff, so fans can expect the grass-fed beef burgers to taste similar. And for those who actually preferred Marin Pizza, the revamped restaurant still serves some of those pizzas and salads.
Pasta for dinner?
FiDi Italian spot Barbacco is starting a new monthly pasta dinner series. On the first Wednesday of every month — in other words, starting today — the restaurant will offer a $25 special on antipasti and pasta in addition to its usual menu. The first edition features citrusy fennel salad or cheese-filled pacchero to start, followed by red wine pasta with lamb ragu or linguine with mussels and clams.
Serious truffle business
Michelin-starred Campton Place Restaurant has unveiled a new menu loaded up with alba white truffle. For example, there’s a lobster pasta with more than five grams of truffle and and 24K gold, and for dessert, truffle vanilla ice cream with white truffle naan, which features up to 10 grams of truffle.
The new Slanted Door opens tonight
The Bay Area’s second location of the Slanted Door officially opens tonight at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon. It’s a huge, 7,500-square-foot glass box of a restaurant, and currently serves all of the Slanted Door classics along with a few fresh dishes.
Berkeley’s Elmwood got a new Thai restaurant: Gai Barn, taking over the former Burger Joint space at 2985 College Avenue. The special is khao mun gai, offered poached or fried or as a trio with barbecued chicken. Typical soups, noodle dishes, and curries are also available.
Drinks in the Outer Sunset
Outerlands recently debuted a new happy hour menu — appropriately called the Sunset Menu — including $7 apertivi, $8 classic cocktails, and $9 boilermakers. It’s available Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Stay Gold Deli temporary closed in Temescal
The northern location of brisket and sandwich hotspot Stay Gold Deli at 4935 Shattuck Avenue is temporarily closed for remodeling. Owners say it will be back soon, and in the meantime, customers are encouraged to visit the original location at 2635 San Pablo Avenue.