In this edition, a new Vietnamese noodle spot quietly opens, a Bay Area burger chain prepares its fifth location, and an Italian café gives it a go in a space once home to various other eateries.
Let's dig in.
Tasty Phở (200 International Blvd.)
Now, an anonymous Hoodline tipster has reported that the new eatery has opened and is serving up an array of apps, noodle dishes and vermicelli and rice plates.
On the menu, look for starters like spring rolls with minced pork and jumbo shrimp, fried veggie egg rolls and spicy fried chicken wings.
For rice and vermicelli, there are dishes such as marinated shrimp and chicken, and a pork chop with shredded pork and an egg cake over rice.
And if you're going the noodle soup route, expect to see offerings like the combo with sliced steak, brisket, tripe and tendon; beef broth noodle soup with meatballs; and chicken noodle soup with bone-in chicken and intestine.
Roam Artisan Burgers (1951 Telegraph Ave. Ste. 2)
As we reported last December, Roam Artisan Burgers began construction for its latest expansion to Oakland, and it appears the restaurant is ready to open soon. This marks the fifth location for the eatery, which has other outposts in San Francisco, Lafayette and San Mateo.
Veteran Hoodline tipster Al M. told us that he spoke with a member of a construction crew finishing up some final touches who said the burger joint is aiming for a mid-April debut. Al plans to stop by later this week and confirm the opening date.
When things are up and running, expect to see specialty burgers like the Tejano with pepper jack cheese, jalapeño relish, avocado, tomato, white corn strips, and herb ranch; and the Chalet, which comes with Swiss cheese, cremini mushrooms, watercress, tomato, and a house sauce.
For drinks, look for a selection of house-made sodas with flavors like caramelized pineapple and prickly pear, and organic ice cream shakes topped with a bruléed marshmallow. (You can check out the full menu here.)
Uccello (340 14th St.)
The new Italian-inspired café was in soft-opening mode when Al stopped by, which was testing out its pastry offerings by giving out free samples to neighbors.
The interior has undergone a remodel with "ceramic tile flooring with simple back and white accents," said Al. A few last-minute details need to be applied, he added, including signage and a menu board "once the paint is dry."
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