A Little expansion: Most restaurants celebrate their second anniversary with a party. San Jose's Little Chef Counter is going one better. It's celebrating the milestone by opening the Little Wine Counter in Campbell at the Pruneyard. The new wine-centric place will offer bistro-stye dinners, craft beers, charcuterie, desserts and, of course, wine. If all goes well, the new place will open on March 3, but we caught a peek at the new menu, which includes octopus escabeche with preserved lemons and a paprika vinaigrette; a roasted beet salad with ricotta, arugula and a dill dressing; and all sorts of appealing pates and charcuterie offerings. Little Wine Counter will be at 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 560.

Smitten Ice Cream, the trendy San Francisco liquid nitrogen-fueled ice cream shop, has opened an outpost in Los Altos.
Smitten Ice Cream, the trendy San Francisco liquid nitrogen-fueled ice cream shop, has opened an outpost in Los Altos. (Contributed)
For now, keep tabs on the progress at www.littlewinecounter.com.

Smitten with ice cream: The rest of the Bay Area can grind their teeth in chagrin. Here we'd been sure Smitten, San Francisco's trendy seasonal ice cream shop, was going to open an outpost in Lafayette next -- and Los Altos got in first. Robyn Sue Fisher's ice creamery tackles the frozen dessert genre in a new way, with a super cold, liquid nitrogen-fueled churning process that zaps your favorite flavor in three minutes flat. Yes, it's custom-made ice cream. The first Smitten hot spot, er, cold spot outside S.F. just opened in the Whole Foods Market at 4800 El Camino Real in Los Altos; smittenicecream.com. Go. Taste. Report back. (And Lafayette and Rockridge, you folks are next.)

Oaktown vino: Those of you who mourned the demise of the Punchdown wine bar, next to Plum in Uptown Oakland, can commence the celebrating. The 2212 Wine Bar, a French-inspired casual wine bar and bistro co-owned by Paul Fitzpatrick, just opened in that space, offering wines by the glass (most $10 or less) as well as charcuterie platters ($12), Croque Monsieur ($11) and other Parisian small plates, as well as monthly dinners. The first will be Feb. 6, with guest chef David Vardy (former owner and chef at Berkeley's O Chame) in the kitchen. Details: Open from 5 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 2212 Broadway, Oakland; www.2212winebar.com.

Off the Burlingame Grid: Start the line! Off the Grid, the big street food fest, is relaunching its Burlingame food fest on Tuesday nights. Find the street food trucks -- Fins on the Hoof, Pacific Puffs, Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile and more -- on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Broadway Caltrain station on California Drive and Carmelita Avenue. Take a peek at which trucks will be there -- and at all the other Off the Grids -- at offthegridsf.com.

Once more with gusto: A month or so ago we told you about Gusto, a swanky new restaurant heading for San Carlos, and helmed by chef George Morrone, whose impressive résumé includes stints at Aqua and Fifth Floor. The good news: Gusto just opened at 619 Laurel St. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays, and dinner is 5-10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Find the tempting menu -- mmm, sea scallop spiedini ($28) and Grand Marnier panna cotta ($9) -- at www.gustosancarlos.com.

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