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Oakland’s Hottest New Club Is a Food Truck

Also: A bar could rise from the 3300 Club’s ashes

Shrimp Falafel Mix

An Oakland food truck draws club-goers out of the bar and into the street

A food truck called Shrimp Falafel Mix is Oakland’s “hottest club,” SF Gate reports. It’s a Stefon-esque assertion, to be sure, but a look at the below video taken outside the truck’s Fox Theater-adjacent slot suggests that there’s something to that claim. As one might expect based on the name, the truck specializes in homemade falafel and grilled shrimp, but just as important is the slapping Egyptian pop that owners Mamdoho Hassan and Elsayed Elhamaki spin. “People come here after the bar, and they tell us, ‘Your music is better than the bar,’” Elhamaki says.

The remains of the 3300 Club are back on the market

A fire in June of 2016 destroyed Mexican restaurant Playa Azul and severely damaged 60-year-old dive bar the 3300 Club (it also displaced at least 58 people and burned out a location of local chain Cole Hardware). Since then, the building at 29th and Mission Streets has stood vacant, as it passed through the hands of multiple developers and returned to the market at a price of $3.1 million. Now, area non-profit the Mission Economic Development Agency hopes to buy the two-story, 4,500-square-foot building, the Chron reports, with plans to restore the residences and rebuild a neighborhood bar where the 3300 Club once stood.

Chef Srijith Gopinathan heads to Palo Alto

Campton Place just scored its second Michelin star for its Cal-Indian dishes, but now the chef credited with that success will split his time between the San Francisco hotel and a new venture in Palo Alto. Chef Srijith Gopinathan has been named the chef-partner of Ettan, a “contemporary Indian” spot expected to open at 518 Bryant Street in Palo Alto in January, the Merc reports. Gopinathan won’t be leaving Campton Place, however, and tells the Chron that when Ettan is “up and running, I’ll look for a chef de cuisine to step in and watch over it” as “Campton Place isn’t something I could ever walk away from.”

SF Weekly’s food columnist says Taqueria Vallarta’s are the best in the city

SF Weekly columnist Ryan Basso (who, per his LinkedIn, is also Ruth Reichl’s personal assistant!?!) has declared Taqueria Vallarta the home of “the best taco in San Francisco.” Tellingly, it is also “the first taqueria that I ever stumbled into,” Basso writes, but present day visits suggest that the spot holds up, with its offerings of cabeza (beef head), pancita (lamb stomach), and buche (pig neck) especially of note.

Arizmendi Bakery’s Emeryville location is definitely rebuilding

Berkeleyside reports that the Arizmendi Bakery located at 4301 San Pablo Avenue in Emeryville has been shuttered for nearly a year, since the driver of an “older model Volvo” slammed into its rear wall. Based on a recent Instagram post from the bakery that shows its construction progress, reporter Sarah Han speculates that it might reopen as soon as January of 2020.

Taqueria Vallarta

3033 24th Street, , CA 94110 (415) 826-8116 Visit Website

Arizmendi Bakery

3265 Lakeshore Avenue, , CA 94610 (510) 268-8849 Visit Website

Campton Place

Campton Place, , CA 94108

Taj Campton Place

340 Stockton Street, , CA 94108 (415) 781-5555 Visit Website