Eat Local this Saturday! 2019 New Restaurant Round-Up
This weekend is Shop Small Saturday, and what better way to support local, small business than dining out at one of the great new restaurants in San Leandro? Much like the last couple of years, 2019 has seen a considerable number of new restaurants and food businesses open their doors.
Perhaps most wanting in the community had been Indian cuisine, and 2019 marked the opening of two well-received restaurants. Kismat Indian Cuisine opened at 15099 Hesperian Boulevard in January and Indian Grill recently began serving lunch and dinner at 1600 Washington Avenue in Downtown San Leandro in September.
Coffee shops and bakeries have also increased their presence, with French patisserie Atelier Colibri opening in Pelton Center, 85°C Bakery drawing huge crowds in Washington Plaza, It’s a Grind Coffee House brewing up caffeinated bliss at Westgate Center (1933 Davis Street), and Antigua Coffee Shop providing breakfast and lunch at Creekside Plaza (500 Davis Street).
Sharing space with Antigua Coffee Shop, Papaito Rotisserie has become a Yelp sensation, serving up a Latin-inspired a la carte menu of meats and vegetable dishes for lunch and dinner. Another Yelp sensation is Top Hatters Kitchen & Bar, the manifestation of the Go Streatery food truck in the former hat shop at 855 MacArthur Boulevard. Top Hatters specializes in gourmet, modern Californian cuisine, and a plethora of signature cocktails.
A couple of staple San Leandro restaurants have undergone transformations. Delight Cafe has become Ten Seconds – a Yunnan-style noodle soup restaurant that specializes in the Vietnamese cuisine-inspired crossing-the-bridge soup at 145 W. Joaquin Avenue. Also re-conceived and and renovated is Frank’s Sports Bar & Grill, which formerly went by the moniker Frank’s Saloon Sports Bar & Mexican Restaurant at 2014 Marina Boulevard. Frank’s serves traditional American game-day fare and a variety of Mexican staples for lunch, brunch, and dinner.
On the opposite side of town, at 13515 E. 14th Street, Poke Kitchen has opened a straightforward poke and sushi restaurants which has locals coming back for more. At Bayfair Center (15555 E. 14th Street), Angry Ramen serves up traditional Japanese ramen and crispy gyoza to the delight of diners.
Still, the trend is continuing. In the coming year, San Leandro will see even more quality food establishments arriving. A few are already in the pipeline. In Pelton Center, Peter’s Kettle Corn is a highly anticipated arrival, new bakery Ladyfingers will take the place of Dee’s Cupcakes, and Japanese Ramen will replace Hidden Wok. In the Washington Manor, another popular food truck is going brick-and-mortar as Licensed to Grill plans to open at 971 Manor Boulevard. Hey Hey Cafe will replace the recently shuttered Shabu House at 1376 E. 14th Street. A few doors down at 1384 E. 14th Street, Ya Ya Poke will bring poke bowls to the Downtown area.
So, postpone your New Year’s resolutions–2020 will be yet another year to dine out in San Leandro.