Is there a fast-food or frozen meal in your future? Instead of "the usual," we suggest trying one of the new food and drink spots around The Town that's opened recently.
Here's the latest on Oakland eateries, including a new brewery, speciality sushi rolls, and an artisan pizza-burger emporium that combines two of America's most popular foods in a single bite (yes, really).
Ding Japanese Restaurant
6200 Claremont Ave.
The menu, which is still being finalized, includes omakase specials, ramen/udon dishes and inventive rolls like the Kiwi Aloha (shrimp tempura, crabmeat, assorted raw fish, kiwi, unagi sauce) and the Ding Roll (crabmeat, mango, tuna, hamachi, tobiko, spicy mayo, onion).
420 3rd. St., Unit A
Brewers Matt Hunter, Aram Cretan and Larry Cretan have joined forces to launch Federation Brewing, which is currently in its soft opening mode.
Federation will offer custom beers, including In The Weeds IPA (a hybrid of an English IPA and American Pale Ale), Low Boy Stout (CO2 and Nitro), a fairly dry oatmeal stout, and Behind You! Blonde; the grand opening will be held on March 25.
Eric’s Artisan Pizza Burgers
209 International Blvd.
Yelper Diego M. reports that Eric's Artisan Pizza Burgers is a "no brainer if you like meat + cheese." The new restaurant is shooting for an April 1 grand opening, offering creative hybrids of two American staples: burgers and pizza.
Patrons can choose from a small menu that includes a "pizza first" option (grass-fed beef on a sourdough pizza base), as well as a "burger first" alternative (stuffed with red peppers and mushrooms).
3343 Lakeshore Ave.
Tipster Al M. tells us that Michel Bistro is undergoing a change of ownership. According to the host, the two-story bistro, known for its French-focused menu and wine list, will retain the same chef and current staff. The menu, however, will be slightly tweaked.
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