Normally it's about a month between my Oakland Food News posts, but since my food news post yesterday I've found out about another bunch of new food and drink things happening in Oakland.
I noticed a new Mediterranean food place, Mediterranean Express, in the Rotunda Building on Frank Ogawa Plaza. They were closing up for the day, so I didn't have much time to check things out, but they said they've been open about a month. Mmm...falafel. (Yelp)
Over on 14th Street is a new bar, Halftime Sports Bar. They've got hella TVs (folks were watching the A's when I looked in), a pool table, and a good beer selection. Their food menu is short, but does include some vegi options. A review on the Yelp page speaks highly of the roasted veggies side dish. They've been open less than two weeks.
Almost next door is Aria, which will feature Afghan and Mediterranean food. The owner was working on the sign when I passed, and said he's planning to open this Friday. (Yelp)
@dto510 pointed out this story on SF Eater about the Tribune Tavern, a new restaurant and bar which fittingly will be in the Tribune tower. It's a project of Chris Pastena, co-owner of Chop Bar. Oaklandish is working on their branding, so it promises to be stylish, too. They're aiming for a mid-March opening.
@eatdrinkoakland tweeted that Oakland is in Bloomberg Businessweek's top 50 U.S. cities, in part because of the great restaurant scene here. Speaking of which, check out the Eat Drink Oakland website. Paula Wirth has it filled with great food and drink photos from places around Oakland.
And last night was the launch party for Farmigo in Oakland, but that deserves a post of its own.