Whether you enjoy a rich mole poblano alongside a zesty mezcal cocktail or a fresh shrimp ceviche with a refreshing chavela, there is a broad and vibrant flavor spectrum in Mexican cuisine. This Bay Area Bites guide highlights ten South Bay restaurants worth visiting for their South of the border specialties.
Chef Matt Grandin, of Berkeley’s Mexican restaurant Comal, shares his recipe for Caldo de Pollo with Cilantro-Jalapeno Matzo Balls, while Firefly’s chef-owner Brad Levy offers a colorful Kugel recipe.
If all commercial fishermen used the methods of Kirk Lombard, sustainability would be a non-issue. He goes for lesser know species using the most sporting methods possible. He hand-tosses a net, Hawaiian style, for smelt, he poke-poles for monkeyface eel, and catches red crab with a fishing pole and snare. He shares his maritime adventures and knowledge of the bays edible intertidal zone in his “Sea Forager Tours.”
Comal, the new Mexican restaurant that opened last Friday in downtown Berkeley, was packed on the second night of its debut.