A lot of new activity in the Temescal. This place at 4721 Telegraph has been open only a few days (same block as Lanesplitters). A fairly straightforward American diner/pub menu with Breakfast Lunch Dinner available the whole time. Sandwiches $9-11 including fries and salad. Entrees $11-14 including pastas, chicken, pork. Done up in dark paints and wood, and hung with paintings by a (presumably) local artist in a manner suggesting that they will rotate from time to time. Was pleasant at a sunny midday.
Menu reminded me a little bit of Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe in Emeryville, which I don't like that much, but the food was executed much better. I liked it enough that I will probably return to see how things develop. Sourcing for ingredients seemed to be similar (to Rudy's, i.e. mainstream food service), so not necessarily local/seasonal/artisanal. Pastrami sandwich with melted cheese lettuce tomato and fried onion bits was tasty and seemed to have been grilled in a nice way. Corned beef hash with fried eggs was made with chopped corned beef, potatoes, and peppers, good and not mushy.
Will have to see how they shake out, but could be a good option for the neighborhood, if for some reason you are tired of Korean food. Clearly not foodie oriented or pushing any kind of envelope.
Looks like they are applying for a beer and wine license. If that pans out, I predict success.
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