Edible Oakland

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Edible Oakland

The Bay Area’s next great dining destination is just a BART ride away. Here, our station-by-station guide to Oakland restaurants.

Northern California’s bustling port city is also a foodie haven. Head to College Avenue for creative comfort food, whether you’d rather be slurping up hot noodles at Ramen Shop or noshing on burrata-laden pizza at A16 Rockridge. Meat-centric bites at Box and Bells include country pork rillettes, while the fried chicken at Miss Ollie’s is sure to brighten up any afternoon. Next stop is Broadway for pumpkin-ginger cupcakes at Sweet Bar Bakery—but don’t let this culinary crawl end on dessert. Hop back on BART and read on for more of Oakland’s top restaurants.

1

Ramen Shop

Proof that Oakland has NoCal’s buzziest restaurant scene? Its new nickname: Brooklyn West. Honoring Alice Waters’s ethos is Ramen Shop, owned by three Chez Panisse alums. Creative noodle soups spotlight homegrown produce such as Meyer lemons and chanterelles. BART stop: Rockridge

2

A16 Rockridge

San Francisco’s hottest pizza joint has expanded with A16 Rockridge, which turns out chewy pies from a hand-built oven. We love the Montanara Rockridge—lightly fried dough, smoked tomato sauce, burrata, and basil. BART stop: Rockridge

3

Box and Bells

Meat-centric small plates reign at Box and Bells, the latest from chef James Syhabout of Michelin-starred Commis. Try the country pork rillettes and blood pudding poutine. BART stop: Rockridge

4

Hopscotch

The retro diner Hopscotch puts a Japanese spin on hearty American dishes. Take the soba ragù, with buckwheat noodles, braised pork, Manchego, and shiso. BART station: 19th Street/Uptown Oakland

5

Duende

At Duende, chef Paul Canales channels his Basque heritage into pintxos and paellas in a whimsical setting (colorful murals; fence posts as floorboards). BART stop: 19th Street/Uptown Oakland

6

Sweet Bar Bakery

Mani Niall works the ovens at the light-filled Sweet Bar Bakery. Our pick: the pumpkin-ginger cupcakes with salted caramel. BART stop: 19th Street/Uptown Oakland

7

Desco

Set in an 1896 building with original mosaic floors, Desco is known for its Italian standards, including house-made-pasta dishes such as lamb-cheek pappardelle. BART stop: 12th Street/Oakland City Center

8

Miss Ollie’s

Arrive early on Tuesday afternoons for the fried chicken stuffed with herbs at Miss Ollie’s. The day’s special at this airy, Cali-Caribbean spot goes fast. BART stop: 12th Street/Oakland City Center


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