September 1, 2022

Berkeley: Squabisch; restaurant review

80 North

Squabisch  

1585 Solano Ave./Tacoma Ave.  

Squabisch owner enjoys a break in the sun in Berkeley, California
Squabisch owner enjoys a break in the sun in Berkeley, California

All the pretzels here at Squabisch are freshly baked and moist, and perfect to take home and enjoy with a cold beer.  You can't go wrong with the classic German pretzel, which is sprinkled with a bit of salt; a vegan version is available, too, but don’t overlook the many that feature a California twist.  My favorite is the simple pretzel brat (pretzel dough encases a tasty brat hot dog-like) and the spicy cheddar-jalapeno.  I’ve heard the prosciutto-Asiago is also delicious, and I would like to try one of the sweet versions, perhaps the pear and chevre.  Pretzels cost $4 to $8 each.  I found that three stuffed two hungry people.  Any line moves fast.  Be sure to check the weekly menu posted on the website so you can plan ahead.  Pretzel-making classes are sometimes scheduled.  Should you want to sit for a bit and eat your purchase, two benches wait outside on either side of the door and a parklet is across the sidewalk.  

interior at Squabisch in Berkeley, California
interior at Squabisch in Berkeley, California


pretzel brat at Squabisch in Berkeley, California
pretzel brat at Squabisch in Berkeley, California




June 14, 2022

Oakland: Cafe Colucci; restaurant review

880 South

Cafe Colucci  6427 Telegraph Ave., (510) 473-5944.  L-D daily; $.  

exterior of Cafe Colucci in Oakland, California
exterior of Cafe Colucci in Oakland, California

Colorful, aromatic Ethiopian cuisine, with many vegetarian and vegan options, composes the menu at Cafe Colucci.  Items are arranged traditionally on a large round tray and placed in the table’s center, to be shared by all diners.  Following tradition, eating utensils are not provided.  Diners instead use their hands to envelope food with rolls of spongy injera bread.  Whole fried fish (asa tibs), a house specialty, is served with fried potatoes and salad.  Chicken in tumeric sauce with boiled egg (doro alicha) is another tasty option.  To familiarize yourself with the cuisine, order a combination platter.  My favorite is the Vegan Combination Platter, a feast featuring traditional Ethiopian cuisine staples--azifa (lentil salad), buticha (chickpea salad), messer wot (lentil stew), kik alicha (split-pea stew), gomen (collard greens) and atakilt (a mix of sautéed cabbage, carrots, and potatoes), salata (salad), and a large injera.  Note that gluten-free teff injera is available by request. Seating is available inside and also outside at picnic tables on a spacious patio with large tropical plants and heat lamps.  Ethiopian spices and books are available for sale, along with logo t-shirts.  

open kitchen at Cafe Colucci in Oakland, California
open kitchen at Cafe Colucci in Oakland, California



Ethiopian spices for sale at Cafe Colucci in Oakland, California
Ethiopian spices for sale at Cafe Colucci in Oakland, California



vegan platter (take-out) at Cafe Colucci in Oakland, California
vegan platter (take-out) at Cafe Colucci in Oakland, California


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