The Kitchen Sink: Ice Cream in North Berkeley, Mac n'Cheese in Emeryville, Sushi on Piedmont



This week: good news for fans of ice cream, sushi, coffee, and comfort food; bad news for Nation's customers.

1) After an unbelievably protracted permitting process, iScream finally opened last week near the top of Solano in North Berkeley. The Yelp reviews are, of course, already rolling in, and they're more or less positive: Yelper Eric L. says "This is just seriously great ice cream. I still can't believe how good it tastes," while Mollie M. even compares it favorably to SF legend Bi-Rite creamery.

2) Food-truck mecca Emeryville will soon be getting yet another purveyor of mobile deliciousness. According to one of the trucks' owner-chefs, Zak Silverman, Doc's will begin setting up on Hollis by the start of next week, and will serve what Silverman calls "classic American comfort food": cheeseburgers, pulled pork, mac n'cheese, and the like.

3) Our friends at Diablo Dish report lots of development on Piedmont Avenue: first, budget sushi joint Get-A sushi will be opening a second location just a few yards down the street from its original location, at 4301 Piedmont.

4) And second, Piedmonters Megan Burke and David Crombie apparently have plans to open a family-friendly cafe — appropriately called Local Cafe — in the space next to Adesso, on Piedmont Avenue. Per Ethan Fletcher at the Dish:

Burke listed several quality restaurants as influences for her Local Cafe, including Summer Kitchen Bakeshop in and Cafe Fanny in Berkeley. Planned for the menu: fresh pastries, poached eggs, homemade oatmeal, grilled paninis, flatbread pizzas, and "awesome organic salads." She also plans to offer quality coffee and wine, including selections from Berkeley's A Donkey and Goat winery on tap. Burke hopes to open in August, before school starts.

5) Nation's has long been known around the East Bay as the best place to go for late-night dining, amazing pies, and unparalleled drunk people-watching. Now, sadly, it looks like it's also a great place to go to get your identity stolen. Fun! The chain — or at least its Vacaville franchise — is at the heart of an investigation into a scam that claimed hundreds of people, likely through sketchy credit-card transactions. According to the CoCo Times, Vacaville police aren't sure how or where, exactly, the thefts were going down, but that "the point of compromise was the Nation's restaurant." Nation's is apparently cooperating fully with the investigation.

6) A couple weeks ago, we reported that Uptown soul-food resto Pican is planning on opening a second location in San Ramon. It's still more than a year away, according to Inside Scoop, but the restaurant, which will be called Pican Gardens, finally got the official green light from the city this week.

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7) And finally, two upcoming food events: on Saturday, Saul's is hosting guest mixologist Dänny Ronen for its "Boozy Fair Trade Purim Dinner Party," and on Monday, The New Parish has a jazz, wine, and food event featuring live music by The Congress and Crystal Monae Hal, in addition to a meal prepared by Hibiscus executive chef Sarah Kirnon and wine from various local vintners.