What’s to do on a beautiful holiday weekend? BBQs, hikes, parties, events–and some time online, reading the interwebs. We hope you were out have a great time this weekend and want to hear about some of the East Bay foodie news we found.

Merritt Bakery is back in action

The Merritt Bakery reopened in July after a bad fire and patrons are raving about the classic strawberry shortcake and the chicken and waffles. Have you gone?

Oakland’s Donut Savant wins on ‘Donut Showdown’ witha doughnut version of Poutine!

Donut Savant’s Laurel Davis won the top prize on last week’s Food Network Canada “Donut Showdown.” The finalists had to make doughnuts that fit a “High School Cafeteria” theme. So, inspired by Canada’s famous gravy-topped fries, the Oakland doughnut maker made doughnut “fries” sauced with maple “gravy” and cream cheese “curds. ”  Better than it sounds, right?

Juhu Beach gets rave reviews from SF Weekly

Life on the Streets: Indian Street Food Gets a Permanent Address SF Weekly 
“Chef Preeti Mistry of Juhu Beach Club is making updated versions of dishes from her Indian upbringing, and has the skill and focus to transform the low-culture fare into a reason to cross the bridge. ”

Bourbon & Beef, new Latin fusion restaurant, opens in Rockridge – Opening Alert – Eater SF 
“Its name may imply old-school steakhouse dining, but Rockridge’s new Bourbon & Beef is actually more of a Latin fusion restaurant. “ Anyone try this yet?

Miss Ollie’s Sarah Kirnon profiled in Oakland Monthly and we’re thrilled about it

“When Sarah Kirnon opened Miss Ollie’s in Old Oakland in December 2012, the buzz was audible. The food was so soulful; the vibe so intoxicating; the whole concept of it all so simple and true, that word had it that Miss Ollie’s was yet another reason for serious eaters and lovers of Caribbean-Cal cuisine to move to Oakland.”

Eli’s Mile HIgh now serving food from Couyon Cajun & Po’boys out on the patio.

Marc 49, Lanesplitters & A Cote among patios featured  in 7X7

“As Labor Day weekend brings an end to an eventful summer, prepare for a feast in lounge-worthy weather that arouses all of your senses. Come out, come out, wherever you are, and enjoy the best of worlds! ”

DIY special: Desserts for Your Rosh Hashana Feast | Serious Eats: Sweets 

Are you celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, this week? If so, we want to wish you a sweet New Year–and if you’re cooking, make sure you check out these super holiday-licious desserts from Serious Eats–they all look delish.


Where are you eating that’s good? What are you cooking that’s great? Send tips and ideas to eater@oaklandlocal.com

About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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