It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
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While Nick’s tenure at Arizmendi certainly informed his pizza making, he has a style all his own, which he describes as “Oakland-style.” It’s a happy medium between down-home and fancy, he says, a cross between New York and California.
Beginning in January, it will be perfectly legal to dine with your dog–providing your well-mannered Fido is appropriately leashed with you in an outdoor-seating area. Here are five Oakland dining destinations that encourage you and your canine companion to sit and stay awhile.
Situated right next to Bocanova’s waterfront side in Jack London Square, Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House offers a full bar with handcrafted cocktails, a great beer and wine list and a menu focusing on classic California seafood with a few interesting twists.
Ever think about how that processed sugar, white flour and trans-fat grease in fast food is not all that different than drugs? That’s the message some Oakland teenagers present in their new music video, Are You Loving It?
Carolyn and her husband of 43 years, Barry Alexander, the co-owner and manager of Brick Pig’s, have been offering up their love and singular Southern-style BBQ to the Oakland community and surrounding Bay Area since they opened their doors in 2006.
The ambitious Cat Town Café project, which is set to be a space where visitors can enjoy a coffee and bagel while simultaneously having quality cat playtime, is coming closer to fruition.
Jennifer LeBarre, Oakland Unified School District’s director of nutrition services, is working to expand the central kitchen the serves the city’s schools and feeds the kids. When LeBarre got started one of her students didn’t even know what a peach was. Hopefully, that won’t be a problem anymore.
As more locally-grown produce has been popping up on grocery shelves, you might feel like you could skip the farmers’ markets and just hit the supermarket. If you do, you will miss out on some delightful organically grown treats. It is these only-at-the market vendors that draw me to two and sometimes three markets every week. Here are my faves.
Twice a week, Brundo offers Ethiopian cooking classes, both vegan and traditional options, with a sit-down meal to follow.
Five suggestions for eliciting summertime romance over comfort food and a full belly.
Jonathan Darr at Oakland Local shares his basic “Go-To” restaurant criteria and highlights one of his favorite “Oakland Go-To” spots — a Thai/Lao restaurant on International Boulevard.
Desco, run by Chef Donato Scotti, opens in Old Oakland, offering delicious regional Italian and an inviting atmosphere.