Hob Nob in Alameda-Anyone been?
We happened to be walking by on Friday evening, saw the "grand opening" sign so gave it a try. Feels more like a bar than a cafe except that there were a couple of tables of teenagers. They have a bunch of board games.
Very short menu, maybe ten snacky-type items. Wine list was not yet in place. Martini was fine. French fries were excellent. Spiced nuts were okay. Olives weren't very good. Crab cakes looked good. Food didn't make me think of Thirsty Bear.
Friendly place, nice atmosphere, inexpensive. If I lived nearby I'd probably hang out there regularly.
The Hob Nob owners are the same crew (executive chef, etc.) that operate ThirstyBear in SF. Kelly's/Barceluna were supposed to relocate to the Gold Coast Grill site, but
that deal fell through.
Supposedly Hob Nob will specialize in "American small plates". I've had some pretty good experiences at ThirstyBear, so the whole thing looks promising- I'll try to get in Hob Nob this week-