Eggplant parm from Uncle Dougie’s; photo from Yelp’s Anthony N.
~RUDY’S CAN’T FAIL CAFE~ of Emeryville (yes, the place where Green Day’s Mike Dirnt is a co-owner) is opening a second location in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood in the beginning of June, just next door to the Fox Theater. A menu of classic American diner fare with seasonal and often locally sourced ingredients will be offered, plus fresh-baked fruit pies and cakes for dessert. There will also be weekend brunch service, and breakfast served all day. There’s a full bar, plus wine, beer, and a variety of specialty coffee drinks and shakes (including the Shakin’ Jesse Milkshake with Guinness stout, chocolate ice cream, and espresso). Got a big party? Book the 10-person private booth contained within a stainless steel dining car replica. There will also be a combination dinner-and-a-show package with a private VIP entrance leading straight into the Fox. Open daily 7am-1am. 1805 Telegraph Ave. at 18th St., Oakland, 510-251-9400.
Fan of Cuban cuisine? You may want to check out the Our Cuban Kitchen dinners popping up at the ~COCK-A-DOODLE CAFE~ in Old Town Oakland on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 5pm-9:30pm. I think the menu looks pretty dang tasty. 719 Washington St. at 8th St., Oakland, 510-465-5400.
And an export from Oakland into Berkeley will be a second location of ~UNCLE DOUGIE’S~, an East Coast/Italian hero shop, where my friend says, “Everyone who walks in there is an East Coaster, and just ordering off the menu brings out dormant Philly, Jersey, and New York inflections. Or Dougie coaxes them out.” Chicken parm, eggplant parm, sausage and peppers—it’s all on the menu. The second location will be opening in June at 2328 Bowditch at Durant, Berkeley, 510-705-1686.