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...

The Sweet Booth retirement - Oakland Chinatown

by MitchellN 17 days ago

Bittersweet announcement: The Sweet Booth owner is retiring in late October, 2021, after 28 years in the boba business. The Sweet Booth is in the heart of Oakland’s Chinatown, a small service count...

Horn Barbecue in Oakland (split from NYT: In Search of CA BBQ)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Which meats did you order? I've not been to Horn's yet, due to the waiting times. I understand that advance ordering is available. Though ordering a full rack of ribs for $120 gives me pause. http...

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Free pint of Humphry Slocombe Cornflake Crunch ice cream for the vaccinated

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

"IT’S BACK. ALL our Bay Area scoop shops are restocked and ready! Where are all my VAXXED people at? Y’all done good. Now we want to return the love. For the entire month of September, any guest w...

Whole roast suckling pig for Vietnamese 1st bday celebration?

Dave MP
by Dave MP 3 months ago

In August, my niece is celebrating her first birthday in the Bay Area. My Vietnamese inlaws will be up here from SoCal and we're looking to get some catered food, including a small whole roasted pi...

Flint's BBQ status? [Oakland]

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 years ago

This came in by email. Any news about Flint's? "Hi, My name is Tony, from Sacramento. I am desperately trying to find out if any of the Flints are open/re opened....and you seem to know what ...

Stay Gold Deli in West Oakland [Split from Horn Barbeque thread]

by tre2012 1 month ago

Someone on the "other" food board posted they got some excellent brisket from the Stay Gold BBQ folks on 2635 San Pablo Ave, Oakland (off 51st St.). It reminded me that quite a while back we had...

Watermelon Van at Lake Merritt in Oakland?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

We're in the height of summer and the annual quest for an excellent watermelon. https://www.chowhound.com/post/watermelons-seeds-1093939 My reliable source is no more. San Francisco's Watermelo...

Alameda County supervisors vote to allow sale of home-cooked food under state law

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 5 months ago

“Alameda County supervisors on Tuesday took the first step toward allowing home cooks and chefs to prepare, cook and serve meals from their homes. More than 50 advocates showed up to a home kitc...

"This 104-year-old Oakland seed company makes traditional cooking possible for Asian Americans"

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Berkleyside did a nice profile on Oakland's Kitazawa Seed Company. "Right now, Shiroyama says the most popular seed varieties for home gardeners to plant for a summer harvest are Japanese cucum...

Juneteenth Black Liberation Walking Tour & Flint's BBQ, June 19, Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

"Come celebrate Juneteenth with us! Tomorrow's menu: Sliced BBQ Beef Links, BBQ Baked Beans, Green Beans, and a slice of bread! Event is from 11am - 4pm 1st come 1st serve!" Juneteenth, June ...

British bangers in bay area?

by trueblu 6 months ago

The variety of food and ingredients in the Bay area is truly incredible. But I still haven't come across the humble british banger in my sojourns. We're in the East bay, if that makes a differenc...

Soi 4 Thai Rockridge

by trueblu 4 months ago

Can't believe the last time we ate out was Chinese New Year 2020 -- and in a different continent! Anyway, the family decided we had enough of home cooking and take-out and we went to Soi 4 in Rock...

One Night in Oakland

by Mark2212 6 months ago

Staying in Oakland, downtown, on a Friday night later in May. Preference for good food in a casual setting which is comfortable for a single. Can do without a cocktail at dinner but, in that event...

Chef Nora Haron returns to the kitchen

by tre2012 5 months ago

Opening sometime in June 2021, Oakland chef and Singapore native Nora Haron will helm a fine dining/casual café combo called Table at 7, in the old Prima space/Walnut Creek. Haron was the chef at t...

5/1 Bake Love Not Hate Fundraiser for the AAPI Community, Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

This might be the best chance to snag a Boichik bagel . . . it is contributing 20 dozen bagels for the bake sale to be held at the Athletic Club in Oakland. "THE BAKE SALE May 1, 2021, from 1...

Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale, Online in 2021

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

Delayed from its usual early March date, but the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale is on this year in an online format, starting Saturday, May 1 at 8:00 a.m. until Sunday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. (Pa...

Upcoming Transition for Miss Ollie's in Old Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months 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...

Chuan Yu Bistro, Oakland Chinatown

Ruth Lafler
by Ruth Lafler 6 months ago

Chuan Yu Bistro is a new-ish (grand opening last October) Sichuan restaurant in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza in Oakland Chinatown. Apparently it is on the top floor, and has a patio for outdoor di...

Save Our Store (SOS): Community Foods Market in West Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

"SOS: Our Business is Struggling Like many small businesses across this country, Community Foods Market has been hit hard by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now facing a fina...