Ease and comfort foodstuff as a result of the eyes of some of the Bay Area’s very best cooks, artists and musicians

Whether or not it’s election stress or stress linked to the spread of COVID-19, folks…

Whether or not it’s election stress or stress linked to the spread of COVID-19, folks all around the Bay Spot are feeling frazzled in 2020. Self-care has develop into paramount, and for lots of, that means consuming convenience foodstuff. Here’s what some Bay Place individuals — including a groundbreaking restaurant operator, a Grammy-award successful musician, a chef and a visible artist — are taking in lately. And, far more importantly, in which locals can obtain the dishes.

“Comfort meals is undoubtedly a nostalgic memory that has everything to do with a perception of time passing. Ease and comfort food items for me is wrapped in vintage reminiscences and certain places … like a pepperoni pizza from the wooden oven of Tommaso’s off Broadway (which opened in 1935), with chilled broccoli and lemon, and a bottle of Chianti.”

Gayle Pirie, co-proprietor of International Cinema in San Francisco

Tommaso’s, 1042 Kearny St., San Francisco.

“My father owned his own restaurant, so there is constantly a feeling I have about contemporary bread. … I adore the saba fish mackerel sandwich from Masabaga (served on a fresh new Acme spherical bun) made by chef Chikara Ono. I have a style for fishy, fishy, fish. … The fish preferences so good with the lemon.”

Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, over, Grammy-award profitable blues and R&B singer who goes by the phase title Amazing Negrito

Masabaga, 2022 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.


“Comfort meals is something acquainted and uncomplicated to me, some thing you never have to take in with a fork and a knife. Just fork and hands. My major comfort foodstuff are pizza, rooster curry or anything at all my mother will make. … These days up here in west Sonoma County, (comfort and ease food) is PizzaLeah’s mush-a-roni pan pizza. It is a large, fluffy square pie. Even although it is a pan pizza, the dough is shockingly gentle and ethereal, not dense and doughy.”

Preeti Mistry, chef and restaurateur in Oakland

PizzaLeah. 9240 Previous Redwood Hwy., Suite 116, Windsor.

Comfort and ease foodstuff “can be dishes that you search for out time and time once more at your favored places. … At La Taqueria, it is the carne asada burrito with salsa, no beans, no guac, no rice, absolutely nothing, or the quesadilla with cheese and salsa and always a substantial cantaloupe juice. At Turtle Tower, it’s the pho ga (chicken pho) with a aspect order of giblets. At R&G Lounge, it is their Princess Rooster, a Hainanese rooster with ginger scallion sauce. These are some of my neighborhood standbys.”

Desmond Tan, founder of Burma Celebrity in San Francisco

La Taqueria, 2889 Mission St., San Francisco Turtle Tower, 501 6th St., San Francisco R&G Lounge, 631 Kearny St., San Francisco.

“Comfort foodstuff is quick gratification and does exactly what it implies: It comforts you and can take away all of life’s stresses (till you finish having). … I like the turkey sausage breakfast from Lois the Pie Queen in Oakland with grits, scrambled eggs and a biscuit. Or the eggs Benedict with hash browns and contemporary-squeezed orange juice from Vault Cafe in Berkeley.”

Faye Carol, legend in the nearby blues scene

Lois the Pie Queen, 851 60th St., Oakland Vault Cafe, 3250 Adeline St., Berkeley.

“Since I am at first from Copenhagen, ease and comfort food items to me are memories of house and the meals we eat there. For me, it is also the environment that you develop all over it … one of the dishes that I’ve definitely liked ordering through the pandemic is the Dungeness crab from AlaMar Kitchen in Oakland. It is definitely good. It is flavorful and filling and just form of delivers back individuals memories of obtaining a very good food back home.”

Rachel Konte, trend designer in Oakland and proprietor of the retail retailer Owl N Wooden

AlaMar Kitchen, 100 Grand Ave. #111, Oakland.

AlaMar Kitchen in Oakland, Ca., as seen on Thurs. May 24, 2018.

“Comfort food for me is where by the taste, color and texture suffuse alongside one another and shock you, refresh you, restore you. I normally appreciate a fantastic bone broth, these types of as Belcampo’s. … There is something about the scent, the taste, which is distinctive.”

Binta Ayofemi, artist and chef in Oakland and San Francisco

Belcampo, 55 Webster St., Oakland.

Consolation food stuff “is all the things correct now, specially in the course of these occasions with all of the racial rigidity and the political factors taking place and the pandemic. Consolation food is what you’re obtaining when you’re connected to a dish you truly feel at simplicity, you really feel secure, and you can fail to remember about what is taking place in the planet all over you. … I genuinely delight in Calavera’s queso fundido, perhaps with a tiny chorizo. There is a thing about that tacky, gooey aspect that’s comforting.”

Nelson German, operator of AlaMar Kitchen area and Sobre Mesa in Oakland

Calavera, 2337 Broadway, Oakland.

Justin Phillips is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Electronic mail: [email protected] Twitter: @JustMrPhillips