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We just got back from a summer away and are, as usual, looking forward to being back where the food is so good. What new restaurants, trucks, etc. have opened in the East Bay while we were gone? We heard about Slow. Others?

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  1. not sure when you left, but here are recent openings in Berkeley

    Locanda da Eva

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722135

    Paisan

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/657847

    Ippuku

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7189...

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    Locanda da Eva
    2826 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

    Ippuku
    2130 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

    1. Little Star Pizza, Albany
      Aangan Nepalese, Indian, Albany

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      Aangan
      854 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

      Little Star Pizza
      1175 Solano Ave, Albany, CA

      1. Revival opened just before summer in the former Downtown space.

        The Trappist has greatly expanded its food offerings and is now open for lunch weekdays.

        Ironwood BBQ, Nex.

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        The Trappist
        460 8th Street, Oakland, CA

        Revival Bar & Kitchen
        2102 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

        Nex
        2442 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612

        Ironwood BBQ
        2130 Oxford St, Berkeley, CA 94720

          1. re: wolfe

            Gather is a bit older. But there's Saturn Cafe at Oxford & Allston across the street from Gather --veggie/vegan food in a diner type setting. A new Filipino place--which I believe has the curious name of No Worries--is about to open on Franklin just south of 15th St. in Downtown Oakland. The sports bar Meridian, which never seemed to me to be well-suited to Berkeley, closed. Bocanova, a California cuisinish place in Jack London Square, opened fairly recently.

            But I think the big culinary event in Berkeley was the opening of Trader Joe's at University & MLK.

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            Jack London Square
            70 Washington St # 207, Oakland, CA

            Bocanova
            55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

            1. re: redrover

              Meridian's website says they're temporarily closed for renovations -- is that not true? I agree that it is/was an odd place.

              BurgerMeister on Shattuck is pretty new.

              1. re: Glencora

                There was a for lease sign on it. "Closed for renovations" is often a polite fiction.

                1. re: redrover

                  I guess this website about reopening is wishful thinking.
                  http://www.berkeleymeridian.com/

          2. Thanks for the recs, guys. BTW, just had the burger OF MY LIFE at the 4505 booth at the Eat Real Festival.