8 Places to Eat & Drink Now, East Bay Edition

Tribune Oakland cocktails

Published March 7, 2022, in my The Bold Italic column:

Six new restaurants/eateries, plus one pre-pandemic gem and two bar stops, all draw me to the East Bay. Digging in also meant some disappointments, including solid but not destination-worthy cocktails at charming Palmetto, or overwrought cocktails that sound exciting but don’t deliver at The Miranda. But each of these eight has one (or a few) winning aspects. Per usual, I’ve vetted, visited or ordered from every place reviewed here:


Caribbean Chic: LITA, Walnut Creek
Thai Creativity & Cocktails: Jo’s Modern Thai, Oakland 
Downtown Elegant Comfort: Tribune, Oakland
Palestinian Brunch Goodness: Lulu, Berkeley
Ethiopian Comfort: Mela Bistro, Oakland
Korean Deli & All the Tofu: Joodooboo, Oakland
Quality Cocktail Bar: Low Bar, Oakland
Tiki Magic: Tiki Tom’s, Walnut Creek

Lulu Berkeley mezze

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Jo’s Modern Thai catfish salad
Jo’s Modern Thai’s Phuket Fizz cocktail: house manilla-infused Ketel one, mezcal, coconut condensed milk, butterfly pea tea, soda
LITA Walnut Creek’s lobster corn dog
Mela Bistro, Oakland
Tiki Tom’s, Walnut Creek