Tidbits: Kobani Mediterranean Grill, Twirl and Dip

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Dipped cones with almonds and sprinkles from Twirl and Dip. Yelp photo by Julia K.

Back in June, we reported that the Marina location of Udupi Palace had closed, and a new restaurant called ~KOBANI MEDITERRANEAN GRILL~ would be moving in. According to Yelp it is now open, and a great story on Berkeleyside Nosh explains even more about the project.

It’s from owner Emin Tekin, a Kurd who was born in Turkey and immigrated to the United States in 1999. The restaurant is named for a Northern Syrian city that’s been in the news a lot lately, and is a nod to his heritage. In addition to the Marina location, Tekin has also opened another location in Berkeley and is planning a third in San Francisco in the coming months. He is also helping his brother reopen Hayes & Kebab, which closed last year but will reopen in 2016. 3242 Scott St. at Chestnut, 415-872-9911.

Meet new ice cream shop ~TWIRL AND DIP~, which opened in Potrero just in time for a little heat wave this week. This is the first brick-and-mortar location for the ice cream truck, and they’re whirling up organic soft serve with a housemade TCHO chocolate hard-shell dip. They’ve also got a fun selection of toppings, including fruit sauces, honeycomb candy, and toffee pieces. Hours are Tue-Sun 12pm-8:30pm. 1717 17th St. at Carolina, 415-205-8261.