“A little Italian and a little eclectic,” Cafe 15 is a gem of a place in downtown Oakland helmed by a chef who previously worked at Eccolo, says Food Smith.

The organic menu includes local produce and Acme bread. “The flavors are so fresh and the food made so lightly that you walk away satisfied,” Food Smith says.

The menu includes dishes like Mexican corn soup, with a delicious tomato base layered with corn, pasta, and spices. Fried chicken with lemon mayo is also a pleaser, and there’s also a good pulled pork sandwich with salsa verde, and croque monsieur. Prices are all under $10.

Try to avoid the noon-to-one lunch hour, when the staff can be a little overwhelmed, or just get takeout.

Cafe 15 [East Bay]
597 15th Street, Oakland

Board Link: Downtown Oakland (Organic) - Cafe15

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