Berlyn's Gourmet Eatery, a new restaurant from owner Larry McClendon and Best Of S.F. winner Dontaye Ball of Good Foods Catering, is expected to debut in Oakland at the end of April. Ball says it'll be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with daily changing specials and a set menu that includes panini, cold sandwiches, and salads, with soul food offerings (gumbo, jambalaya) and vegan options. The focus will be on food to go, but there'll be a counter for standing and a few outdoor seats. It should prove to be a good option for Lake Merritt picnicking, as long as you can handle the possibility of hungry geese.
Opening Apr. 23:
Berlyn's Gourmet Eatery: 132 International (at First Ave.), Oakland.