In this edition of Oakland Eats: a South Indian eatery opens its first East Bay locale, a popular Mexican eatery adds lunch service, a veteran cheesemonger calls it a day, and other food news from around The Town.
Dosa by DOSA (2301 Broadway)
Dosa by DOSA is opening its third location this week at the Hive in Uptown, tipster extraordinaire Al M. reports.
The popular South Indian eatery—which has its flagship on Fillmore Street in San Francisco and another outpost in the Mission—will be the first counter service concept from wife-and-husband team Anjan and Emily Mitra.
On the menu, expect to see dishes like the Tamil lamb dosa served with sambar and fresh coconut and tomato chutneys; grilled Indian rotis such as the prawn masala street wrap served with pickled red onion, cucumber, tomato, and cilantro; and chicken tikka masala rice bowls served with naan fresh from the tandoor oven.
Breakfast will also be served until 11am, and the menu features dishes like egg and cheese dosa; and tandoor-baked naan stuffed with fillings such as scrambled eggs, potato masala, saag paneer, or turkey sausage.
The drink program is managed by Nora Furst, formerly of Lolinda and Delarosa, and will be introducing libations such as the "Swank" slushy with cane juice, lime, pineapple, coconut, green curry leaf, and vodka; and the "Hibiscus Cooler" with Lo-Fi Gentian, orange juice, passion fruit, ginger, and lemon.
Dosa by DOSA is open daily with breakfast served 8–11am and lunch and dinner 11am–10pm.
Doña Tomás (5004 Telegraph Ave)
Doña Tomás—known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, use of fresh, organic produce and sustainably raised meats—recently announced the addition of counter lunch service to its menu.
The lunch menu differs from its dinner and brunch menus, but features an array of popular dishes at lunchtime price points like beef barbacoa with beef braised in smoky chiles, tomato, spices, and coca; chicken tacos with onions, cilantro, and pickled jalapeño; and "Ensalada de Doña" with greens, jicama, carrot, watermelon radish, avocado, and toasted pumpkin seeds tossed in a lemon vinaigrette.
Rounding things out are Mexican bottled beers and on draft, agua frescas, and Jarritos sodas. (You can check out the full lunch menu here.)
Lunch counter service is available Tuesday–Friday 11am–2:30pm.
Fentons Creamery (4226 Piedmont Ave.)
Each month, Fentons Creamery creates a signature sundae with part of the proceeds going to benefit a local non-profit organization.
"This month's creation is "Peppermint Joy!" a representative for the creamery told Hoodline, and will benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
The special sundae will be available through December, and features peppermint ice cream and Dutch chocolate ice cream covered with house-made hot fudge, fresh whipped cream, a cherry, and a house-made piece of peppermint bark.
Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop (4935 Shattuck Ave.)
Owner Jena Davidson said the impetus for her decision was due to increasing rent prices in the East Bay, along with plans to move her family back to the East Coast.
Davidson put the shop on the market in hopes to sell it to someone who would keep the space relatively the same. When two of the shop's employees expressed an interest in buying it, Davidson encountered structural problems with the building that would need to be addressed by the new owners. In order to bring it up to current code, it would come with a $500,000 price tag.
Sacred Wheel’s last day will be Saturday, Dec. 23
Café Talavera (730 Frank H Ogawa)
Lastly, Tipster Al reports that Café Talavera has closed.
The café was known for its Latin-fusion cuisine and in the last few months, began offering empanadas because business was slow, Al said.
"From the outside all I can see were covered windows and the signage is painted over on awning," Al said. "An Asian-fusion place has snapped up the lease and the transition is said to be in the works," he added after investigating further.
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