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Unique or Traditional Foods of Oakland, CA

MonMauler | Sep 13, 2012 08:50 AM

Fellow Chowhounders, I come to you for help...

During the NFL season the past few years my friends and I have kept up with the tradition of serving food unique to, ubiquitous in or traditionally from the city or immediate region of my home team's opponent the day of away games. My home team is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and two Sundays from now we play the Oakland Raiders. So I am looking for dishes, ingredients, recipes, anything related to Oakland, CA. Various searches of the interwebs have not been terribly fruitful.

(I understand San Francisco is just across the bay, but since they have their own NFL team I would prefer not to do anything that is more closely related to San Francisco - or San Diego, further down the coast, for that matter.)

During the Steelers loss to Denver last week, for example, we had Green Chili smothered Enchiladas, Chile Rellenos and Maharaja Beer. Typically we like to do something similar - a main and a side or two.

So far, the only thing I can turn up that even closely relates to Oakland is Tri-Tip. Even though I don't have a ton of experience with this cut, I know it can be quite tasty and am not opposed to using it. I'm considering various preparations now. I've also thought of some Cali-Mex type dishes - seafood tostadas or ceviche or something.

Right now I'm just looking for options in terms of ingredients, dishes, or recipes that relate to Oakland. Can anyone help me out?


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