The Kebabery Makes Mouths Happy in Oakland + Castro Fountain Serves Boozeless Scoops
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The Kebabery Makes Mouths Happy in Oakland + Castro Fountain Serves Boozeless Scoops


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A Sweet Spot for Castro

Styled after the classic soda shop with a chic Art Deco motif, Castro Fountain has opened the doors to its peach-and-black tiled scoop shop after months of delays. Like its sister spot, The Ice Cream Bar, the soda fountain will serve ice cream and sweets (cookies, cakes, pies, and more) from executive pastry chef Lori Rich. But unlike the Cole Valley location: no alcoholic remedies. At least, not yet. // 554 Castro St, (Castro),

Restaurant Hopping

Chef Sara Hauman can't stay put. Having left her post as the founding chef at Huxley after just one year in early 2016, and then another short stint at Mister Jiu's, Hauman has joined Melissa Perello's team at Octavia, whereshe's combiningher rustic style and high technique in fermentation projects (housemade vinegars and preserves) and new dishes. Stop by and taste white bean tahini with baby radish and pickled cucumbers; cauliflower "korma" with fresh garbanzos, cashews, pickled raisins, and yogurt; and artichoke soup with maitake mushrooms. // 1701 Octavia St. (Pac Heights),

Meats on Sticks

The Kebabery, the second restaurant from Allison Hopelain and Russell Moore (Camino), is bringing a new sensory experience to Oakland's Longfellow neighborhood. Flavors of the Middle East, North Africa, India, and Japan mingle in lamb kebabs, spiced king trumpet mushroom kebabs, seasonal vegetables fritters, and more. // 4201 Market St (Oakland),

Quick Trip to Italy

Chefs Michael Mina and Adam Sobel are still nostalgic for the trip to Italy they took last fall. Michael Mina Test Kitchen has added new coastal Italian dishes to its Postcards from La Costiera menu: New highlights include amberjack carpaccio with charred rapini leaves; ravioli doppio with Nova Scotia lobster and fava beans; and a spicy lamb strozzapreti with English peas. // 2120 Greenwich St (Marina),

Andytown X Churn Urban Creamery Pop-ups

In other ice cream news... Churn Urban Creamery, a mobile scoop shop specializing in "farm fresh" ice cream in flavors such as lemon thyme and peach cobbler, as well as vegan options, is popping up at Andytown Coffee Roasters' new cafe on Taraval. Grab the kids and go for affogatos, floats, and scoops of crème brulee, chai chocolate cardamom, strawberries n' cream, and more. // Noon to 5pm, Saturdays at Andytown Roasters, 3016 Taraval St (Outer Sunset), and Sundays (9am to 1pm) at Temescal Farmers Market (Oakland);

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