Oxbow’s Award Winning Taqueria C CASA expanding to Emeryville Public Market

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A five-time recipient of Michelin’s Bib Gourmand award, C CASA has chosen Emeryville for its initial expansion. C CASA, known for its inventive and fresh interpretation of the traditional taqueria, was among the first purveyors at Oxbow Public Market when it opened in 2010.

The addition of C CASA will bring a much desired breakfast option to the food offerings of the Public Market and another locally-based, chef-owner to its growing stable of purveyors.

C CASA’s inventive menu includes items like this Mahi Mahi taco on handmade corn tortillas.

From huevos rancheros to creative twists on tacos, C CASA is joining the eponymous food hall to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Among customers’ many favorites are the rotisserie duck tacos topped with spinach, red onions, goat cheese, oranges, cumin vinaigrette, avocado crema and cilantro.

Entrees feature free-range poultry, grass-fed meats and local produce. The menu also includes chili-rubbed rotisserie meats, fresh salads, and interesting sides, with a C CASA twist. All items are fresh, made-to-order and are gluten-free. The Emeryville location will also serve boutique wines, bottled beers and unique cocktails.

C CASA chef-owner Catherine Bergen.

“For years, we’ve had people come up from the East Bay and San Francisco to eat at C CASA. We’re delighted to bring C CASA’s delicious, nutritious and addictive food to the freshly reinvented Public Market” said C CASA’s chef-owner Catherine Bergen.

“We were really drawn to the vision for this new destination. It reminded us a lot of Oxbow – a central gathering place that is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.” Bergen was born in nearby Alameda, raised in San Diego and spent the past two decades plus mastering her craft in Napa County.

C Casa’s made-to-order gluten-free tortillas (All Photos: C CASA Facebook Page).

News of C CASA’s lease comes on the heels of two new purveyor openings at Public Market within the past month, The Periodic Table and Fish Face Poke Bar. Later this fall Public Bar, a new concept from San Jose-based Blush, will open in the food hall, serving handcrafted cocktails and a variety of select wine and beer. With C CASA’s offerings including made-to-order hot breakfasts, in addition to lunch and dinner, the new restaurant rounds out the food hall’s morning, noon and night activation.

“Our Food Hall customers are really in for a wonderful experience with the addition of C CASA. Catherine and her team have a well-deserved reputation for excellence and they’re always working on new takes on their delicious food,” said City Center Realty Partners President and Co-Founder Mark Stefan. “Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or meat-lover, C CASA’s got something for everyone.”

C CASA’s location will be in the corner stall to the left of Fish Face Poke Bar. Their owners anticipate a January 2018 opening.

Browse C CASA’s Menu at myccasa.com →

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.


  1. I finally figured it out. The local auto thieves, car burglars, and drug dealers got together and bought the Public Market.

    When you think about it, it’s the only thing that makes any sense.

    Their fiendishly brilliant “concept” is to oust all the locals (check!), attract blithely ignorant and wealthy hipsters from Napa, Piedmont, and San Francisco (check!), and keep them here just long enough to be summarily, repeatedly, and/or violently robbed (double check!). The entrepreneurial spirit in Emeryville is alive and well.

    It takes a certain kind of genius to know that gluten free rotisserie duck tacos with cumin vinaigrette and boutique wines will herd foodie wanna-be’s out of their gated communities like lambs to the slaughter. How else do you get cars filled with purses, iPhones, and beard trimming accessories into a city known for crappy furniture seasonally paired with meatballs, throw-down Target rumbles, and a nation-besting (and “Pride of Eville”) per capita crime rate?

    Our booming local criminal industry is planning beyond the housing crisis. All good things must come to an end. That Google bus will arrive like the Pied Piper and the beer garden crowd will be gone. And whose cars and laptops will they steal then? Ours? They already have ours. No, they need a kitschy food theme park with exaggerated environmental themes designed to draw the young and unawares.

    But I wonder if they may have miscalculated. Did they forget to consider Emeryville’s world famous Michelin starred and highly shot up, in more ways than one, purveyor of Moon over My Hammy’s? That curator of craft fountain drinks known to the locals and the guy sleeping in front of it as Denny’s?

    Let the games begin!

  2. So the new owners think replacing “family owned” businesses with “chef owned” businesses is something to be proud of?

  3. All this construction is putting the current food eateries out of business. No one wants to deal with the hassle of trying to park there anymore.

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