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...

Daol Tofu and Pyongchang Tofu - East Bay

Dave MP
by Dave MP 1 day 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 2 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...

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Black-owned Restaurants in the SF Bay Area, Philly, Los Angeles & NYC

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

This evening I've spent a few hours on my social media feeds following the pain and the protests raging across our country. This tweet from Ijeoma Oluo struck a chord, "White people: whatever o...

Where to buy lobster in the East Bay?

Dave MP
by Dave MP 2 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?

by schrott 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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: ...

Monterey Fish Market Curbside | Berkeley, Oakland & San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

The iconic Monterey Fish Market retail store has uploaded its inventory of fresh seafood, pantry items and supplies for easy online ordering for curbside pick-up at the shop in Berkeley. https://m...

Quintessence Sorbet | Port Costa & Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Members of the Chowhound community experienced the ecstasy of discovering Scream Sorbet at our picnic in 2008 at the launch, and then our collective mourning over its demise in 2013. https://www.ch...

Kendejah Liberian food truck | Lake Merritt - Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Today was my introduction to Liberian cooking at the food truck of San Leandro's Kendejah Restaurant that's parked at Lake Merritt six days a week. I noticed it more than a year ago but could never...

Tofu Goes Mainstream in America Thanks to Big Meat’s Covid Crisis

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

" . . . Where once tofu only had 5% penetration in grocery stores, Toscano said his retailers are seeing numbers rise dramatically. Kroger, which has almost 2,800 supermarket locations across the U...

Where can I buy Halloumi in the East Bay?

by highfalutin 4 months ago

Grilled Halloumi cheese is a common, inexpensive fast food item in Berlin due to the large Turkish population there. I love eating it while I'm in Germany, but it's much harder to find in Oakland, ...

Bakers Against Racism - East Bay, June 15-20

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

More than 2,500 bakers across the country and internationally have registered for the Bakers Against Racism bake sale to be held June 15 to 20. https://www.salon.com/2020/06/14/bakers-against-rac...

Oakland: Phat Matt's BBQ – The best pulled pork in the Bay Area

by rworange 11 years ago

The pork was full of juicy, porky pleasure with a tinge of vinegar … that was without sauce. Phat Matt’s started at the Grand Lake Farmers Market, had a brief stint at the Metreon Farmers Marke...

Oakland farmers band together to help feed frontline protesters amid demonstration

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . but then Burns decided to post the campaign on Instagram to ask for donations and gain access to a commercial kitchen. The post helped assemble a group of farmers, who sell produce at the ...

Genova Delicatessen zucchini torta

Ruth Lafler
by Ruth Lafler 12 years ago

The Genova Delicatessen in Oakland, CA makes something they call "torta" -- similar to a frittata but somewhat denser. They make two versions, one with zucchini and one with artichoke hearts, and t...

Home Care Kits by Mama (Oakland)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

A restaurant meal kit option for the East Bay . . . Mama Oakland has launched home care kits with payment via Venmo for pick up at the restaurant. Dinner for two including a bottle of wine is $50, ...

March 8, La Cocina's Week of Women in Food Wrap-Up Party, Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

Six nights of dinners for the La Cocina's Week of Women are already sold out. Tickets still available for the Wrap Up party in Oakland. "Hosted by La Cocina graudate brick-and-mortar, and mother...

Jennifer Colliau's New Cocktail Bar "Here's How" Closing

by patsully 8 months ago

It's one thing to push back against a chain fast food restaurant moving into a neighborhood, but something entirely different when a locally owned business is forced to close. Having seen shows at ...