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Oakland

Find the best food in Oakland: Chowhounds tell us where they love to eat and drink, from excellent street food to great weekday lunch places to the best fare at the Oakland Coliseum.

What Are Corn Nuts, and Where Did They Come From?

Some snacks are fairly universally beloved, like trail mix and cheese crackers. Even beef jerky has more fans than not. Then there are the less popular nibbles, like Combos, which inspire fervent devotion...
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Upcoming Transition for Miss Ollie's in Old Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 27 days ago

Three weeks ago I ordered take-out from Miss Ollie's for when I would be passing through Oakland. Easy enough online via the Clover system that even included the day's special, jerk chicken: 1...

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Pot pie fundraiser in Oakland: order by 12/20

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

A fundraiser to launch a POC worker-owned kitchen space in Oakland. Order by Dec 20 for pick-up on Dec 23 or 30. "Understory Oakland is a response to a global call to action to redistribute reso...

Old cheesecake bakery in Oakland on Foothill by Fruitvale

joltgrrl
by joltgrrl 13 years ago

My uncle was friends with the baker of one of the best cheesecakes that I've ever tasted. The shop was on Foothill Blvd just north of Fruitvale. Hopefully there's an hounder that's old enough to re...

Roderick's Restaurant | Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Next on my exploration of black-owned restaurants was Roderick's in East Oakland that I tried in July. Pulling up a few minutes before the doors opened at noon, a socially distanced line of more th...

Donut Savant | Allendale - Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

An ex-hound sends the news that Donut Savant reopened this month after a year-long hiatus. The new location is in Oakland's Allendale neighborhood. He says that the donuts are better than ever. htt...

Where to get free Thanksgiving meals in the East Bay

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

"Food pantries, restaurants, churches and community groups giving out Thanksgiving meals, and ways to volunteer or donate to these efforts. . . "' This list includes venues in Oakland, Berkeley ...

Lena's Soul Food Cafe - Oakland

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by ML8000 6 years ago

Anyone try Lena's Soul Food Cafe? I had to stop in the parking lot there and noticed it and walked over to take a look. I already ate so didn't try anything and there was a short line out the doo...

Belcampo Bone Broth Subscriptions | San Mateo & Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Belcampo's PR agency reached out with "Belcampo’s new 30-day and 90-day Bone Broth Subscriptions are making immune-supporting meals more accessible to residents in The Bay Area with how inexpensiv...

Sunday at Lena's Soul Food Cafe in East Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

On a Sunday in July I headed to Lena's Soul Food Cafe to support a black-owned business. I had called first intending to place an order for pick-up. The friendly voice told me that Lena's is so bus...

Huangcheng Noodle House | Oakland Chinatown

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

After hearing good things about Huangcheng Noodle House for a year, I finally had a chance to try it in August, grabbing a quick bite with my brother and sister. None of us enjoyed the food. Grante...

Jewish Christmas at Peony in Oakland Chinatown

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Last year our family celebrated Jewish-Christmas at Peony with a traditional Cantonese banquet. Previously I’ve had yum cha here, and this was my first time for dinner. Though the restaurant was fu...

Daol Tofu and Pyeongchang Tofu - East Bay

Dave MP
by Dave MP 3 months ago

We've been enjoying takeout food from both of these restaurants during Covid, so much so that I wanted to write about it! Daol is in the spot where Casserole House used to be, on the southern end o...

Lois the Pie Queen | North Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

Last month, my tour of black-owned eateries included a quick stop at Lois the Pie Queen in North Oakland. Hmm, looks like my first and only visit to this 50+ year-old diner was in 2006. https://www...

Where to buy lobster in the East Bay?

Dave MP
by Dave MP 5 months ago

I'm hoping to buy some lobster to make my own lobster rolls at home. Anyone seen good sources of fresh, live lobster lately, particularly in Oakland or Berkeley?

Where to find green figs for a Thai green curry?

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by schrott 5 months ago

Where in the East Bay can I find green figs (perhaps also known as cluster figs or Ficus racemosa)? These are typically used in Thai green curries in Thailand and are firm and spherical, unlike the...

Won Tons @ New Gold Medal | Chinatown - Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

Wanting to grab some quick Chinese take-out for lunch today before leaving Oakland for my next stop, I cruised Chinatown until I spotted a parking space in front of stalwart, New Gold Medal. Though...

Oakland’s Town Fridge is creating food access, one refrigerator at a time

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

"Over the past month, a group calling itself 'Town Fridge' has set up four refrigerators in publicly accessible spaces around Oakland. Anyone can open up a fridge anytime and pull out free food and...

Sidewalk Bar @ CAÑA Cuban Parlor & Cafe in Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

A couple weeks ago I strolled over to CAÑA Cuban Parlor's new outdoor bar at Lake Merritt to continue the tour of black-owned establishments. The promoted drink specialties are frozen cocktails: ...