Diablo Dish: The East Bay’s Lone Michelin-ranked Restaurant Is …
Commis stars plus other East Bay Michelin Guide mentions; Residual Sugar celebrates summer at The Veranda; Grand Lake Kitchen expands; a benefit for bees; and more Dish.
Bay Area Michelin Rankings Drop
Monday was the big day. Chefs and owners of elite restaurants sweated out the publication of the new Michelin rankings—and, as usual, San Francisco dominated the list of Northern California Michelin-starred restaurants, including the following three-star dining spots: Atelier Crenn, Benu, and Quince.
(For those who keep track of such things, San Francisco’s Saison dropped from three stars to two.)
On the peninsula, there was only one: Manresa (Los Gatos).
Two-star Commis remains the only East Bay restaurant on the list, and the small Piedmont Avenue spot kept both of its well-deserved stars. (Sooner or later, even semi-foodies owe it to themselves to swallow hard, run up the credit card bill, and eat at Commis. It’s definitely a cut above.)
Also of note: A Sacramento restaurant—The Kitchen—got a Michelin star for the first time.
The East Bay does much better in the Michelin Bib Gourmand ratings, which focus on affordable meals that are still high quality. Listed below are the East Bay Bib Gourmand winners.
China Village (Albany)
Great China (Berkeley)
Nyum Bai (Oakland)
Soba Ichi (Oakland)
Teni East Kitchen (Oakland)
Thai House (Danville)
Wood Tavern (Oakland)
Sun and Fun in Concord
Not only is there a new covered patio area (with a retractable awning for those hot summer afternoons) at the Veranda, but the resident Residual Sugar will also use that patio for live music on Thursday and Sunday evenings.
Additionally, the wine bar will offer a drop-in wine-tasting course from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting July 2 and running through August 6. Sommelier and general manager Nathan Bouse will serve three three-ounce servings of wine (plus an amuse-bouche) and go into detail about the nuances of wine and how to serve it. The cost is $35, and both beginners and veterans will come away with a better knowledge of California’s most famous edible export.
Grand Lake Kitchen Arrives in Oakland’s Dimond Neighborhood
The popularity of the original Lake Merritt Grand Lake Kitchen inspired owners May and David Wasem to expand into a less restaurant-heavy area, Oakland’s Dimond District. The MacArthur Boulevard and Dimond Avenue location will add another family-friendly dining option to the stretch, and will offer a full bar, two patios, and even some to-go options. After a soft opening over the weekend, full brunch and dinner service is now up and running.
Thursday’s Pollinator Pop-up Will Give Bees a Chance
We’ve all heard about the worldwide threat to honey bee populations, and how the collapse of many colonies will have a major effect on our food supply. So, here’s your chance to help out.
On Thursday, Top Chef alumni Melissa King and Tu David Phu will be joined by Laura Monge (executive pastry chef at Luce) for a 6:30 p.m. benefit dinner at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (Ninth and Webster). The $200 cost includes a cocktail reception with appetizers and a four-course seated dinner with wine pairings. It’s all part of a monthlong campaign to raise $100,000 for the Give Bees a Chance program.
Oakland’s Chop Bar Will Cross the Street
No, the Jack London Square gastropub isn’t going to take a stroll along Fourth Street, but it will shift its location to the new mixed-use residential and retail development on the other side of the street. The space will still feature Chop Bar’s American-style menu and full bar, but the size of the all-day restaurant will almost double, with a patio and large private dining room also part of the new look.