Something is smelling really good at the Public Market Emeryville…and that would be the fried chicken from SF’s MINNIE BELL’S SOUL MOVEMENT, which is opening Thursday March 15th in the La Cocina incubator kiosk formerly occupied by Nyum Bai (who went on to open a brick and mortar in Fruitvale). Fernay McPherson has been busy with pop-ups and catering, and now she gets her turn at running a (semi-)permanent spot for a year. After that, hopefully she will find her dream location in her native Fillmore in SF.
East Bay Express reports she will be serving her trademark fried chicken. (“She brines her chicken in hot sauce, buttermilk, and fresh rosemary for 24 hours before dredging it in flour. But she dredges whole stalks of rosemary, too, and drops those in the fryer alongside the chicken to help infuse the meat with even more flavor.”) The fried chicken is available by the piece or in a meal, like two pieces with cornbread and a side for $9.75. Rotating sides include mac and cheese, and collard greens. Look for some seasonal specials, weekend waffles, and dessert too. 5959 Shellmound St., Emeryville.
A quick service update: NAVI KITCHEN has decided to nix dinner service and will be focused on breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Fortunately you can still get chef Preeti Mistry’s Indian pizzas (including a new breakfast pizza), and her breakfast sandwiches and toasts will be available all day. There are also half pies for $10 and parbaked pizzas you can bring home and finish off. 5000 Adeline St., Emeryville. [Via EBX.]
Now open is a second location of STAY GOLD DELI, in the former Sacred Wheel Cheese in Temescal. Look for their menu of barbecue sandwiches (including a smoked pork Cubano, which I want right now), deli sandwiches (like a classic Italian hoagie and a Reuben), and charcuterie and cheese boards. Beer and wine are available, and there are also some pinball machines and outdoor tables too. Open Sun-Thu 10:30am-11pm and Fri-Sat 10:30am-12am; happy hour is Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm. 4935 Shattuck Ave. at 49th St.
A fried chicken plate from Minnie Bell’s. Instagram photo via @minnie_bells.