510 Haps: Vesta's Mobile Truck, Uncle Dougie's #2, and Local Café


Photo of Ceres from the Vesta Facebook page; photo by Mark Becker.

I received an invite to check out the new mobile truck from ~VESTA~, which the owners are describing as a “mobile hearth on wheels.” They named it Ceres, and you’re going to want to follow it on Twitter and Facebook to see where you can score one of their delicious homemade flatbread sandwiches (made with organic ingredients). There’s also a spit rotisserie. The official launch date is Thursday August 25th.

After a tip-off on Chowhound, it appears ~UNCLE DOUGIE’S~ in Oakland has opened a second location that is conveniently near UC Berkeley’s campus. Yelp reviews mention there are four kinds of heroes: chicken parm, eggplant parm, meatloaf, and sausage and peppers. Hours are Sun-Wed 11am-8pm and Thu-Sat 11am-3am (sweet). 2328 Bowditch Way at Bancroft, 510-705-1686.

Open today on Piedmont Avenue is ~LOCAL CAFÉ~, next to Adesso. The Piedmont Patch recently posted a detailed article about this project from first-time owner Megan Burke and David Crombie (the original general manager at Mulberry’s Market). The chef is Colin Etezadi (previously at Boot and Shoe Service), who will be serving breakfast and lunch (Inside Scoop just posted a PDF of the menu here). Open Tue-Sun 7am-3pm; dinner Thu-Sat will be added later. 4395 Piedmont Ave. at Pleasant Valley, Oakland, 510-922-8249.