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Friday, May 14, 2010

Farmers' Market Favorite Vesta Flatbread Looking for Restaurant Space

Posted By on Fri, May 14, 2010 at 4:01 PM

click to enlarge Vesta's beef short rib sandwich ($8.50). - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Vesta's beef short rib sandwich ($8.50).
Vesta Flatbread launched at the top of the year, serving its house-made flatbread sandwiches and other fare at three Bay Area farmers' markets: Thursdays at San Rafael Civic Center, Saturdays at Oakland's Grand Lake, and Sundays in Walnut Creek. Vesta co-founder Traci Prendergast told us the company is looking for restaurant space in Oakland. "We've got some good leads, but nothing is set in stone," she said.

We dropped in on Vesta's Oakland stall last Saturday and are still thinking about the sandwich we had, beef short ribs braised with coffee, Urfa chile, and orange, hidden under a crunchy heap of jicama and radish, with caramelized onions, yogurt, and cilantro. The beef fell apart as we ooh'd our way through it. A friend remarked on how fast we were eating, knowing our tendency to nibble and save for later. It was sunny, and not quite summer, but some fresh pomegranate limeade contributed to a brief seasonal illusion.

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