The new Feel Good Bakery and Marketplace Kitchen Deli at the Alameda Marketplace are still a few days from opening, but this weekend the bakery is sampling some of their breads and the Kitchen is offering a limited menu. If you're going to be in the area, wander in and check them out.
I was particularly impressed by the bakery's "Wholey-Moley" bread, made from organic wheat flour, water and sea salt and naturally occuring leavening. It was unbelievably moist and chewy without being heavy. Delicious! They will also be offering a limited number of pastries, focaccias and California-style pizzas with a thin cornmeal-sourdough crust.
The Marketplace Kitchen will be using their breads in a wide range of sandwiches from the sublime to the ridiculous (the Elvis Special peanut butter and banana). They'll have a large selection of salads by the pound, and rotisserie free-range chicken (I bought a half, but haven't eaten it yet -- the nibbles have been promising). There will also be daily specials, including seafood from the fishmonger next door.
The Marketplace is coming together nicely. When it's done, in my opinion it's going to be better than Rockridge Markethall (at the very least it will be less pretentious). Still in the pipeline are The Beanery, which will roast coffee daily on site, a small kitchenwares store, a sushi bar and a full-service meat market. I believe the only part of the project that is not yet leased is the restaurant site.
Both the Bakery and the Kitchen were unable to give me an exact opening date -- they're each shooting for next weekend, but may be a couple of days either side of that.
Feel Good Bakery
1650 Park Street