Blink and you might miss a hive of artisan activity in the Golden Gate district, the North Oakland neighborhood that straddles the Berkeley and Emeryville borders and apparently was once known as Klinknerville in honor of its colorful founder, Charles Klinkner, a rubber stamp salesman and developer.
Once known as Ocean View for its sweeping views of the Golden Gate, West Berkeley has been many things: a stagecoach stop, an offbeat arts community, an industrial hub, and, most recently, a premier East Bay shopping destination, thanks in part to Fourth Street’s still-growing stretch of stores and restaurants.
Young Asian chefs and restaurateurs in Oakland love the food of their home countries and their youth, like the salty-sweet street fare from Mumbai’s beaches or the spicy roasted Siamese peanuts sold on Thailand streets. Oakland-based cooks like to do their own thing, often outpacing their counterparts elsewhere. They herald the rise of inventive, new dishes with fresh takes on traditional cuisine. Here are six spots raising the bar, and changing expectations, for what Asian food can be.
Our favorite comfort foods are often those that we ate as kids. So perhaps it’s no surprise that in the case of pasta—one of the all-time top comfort foods—many of Oakland’s favorite versions can be traced back to an old family recipe. We touched base with a few of the city’s Italian restaurants for the story behind their signature pasta dishes (hint: there are a lot of Italian mothers and grandmothers involved).
Shop, eat, and play in Jack London Square.
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Being considered the best at anything often means taking on extraordinary challenges and succeeding—even if the odds aren’t in your favor. For the past 20 years, Best Doctors Inc., a company founded by two Harvard physicians, has conducted a peer-to-peer survey of the medical profession asking physicians, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?”
Umami Burger, after taking over Los Angeles, strategically began to expand the empire. San Francisco and New York were musts. But Oakland?
The East Bay has always been a haven for beer lovers, whether they’re sipping pints from the source at Linden Street Brewery in Jack London Square, checking out the facilities at Drake’s Brewery in San Leandro, or exploring the selections at The Trappist and Beer Revolution. But those are just drops in the pint glass compared to the torrent of new craft-beer purveyors that have begun to arrive since early fall.
Rockridge has long been established as one of the city’s most desirable, affluent areas. And with popular, gourmet restaurants such as Oliveto Restaurant & Cafe, Wood Tavern, and À Côté, it boasted the dining scene to match. But as the rest of the city’s dining scene exploded in recent years—Plum in Uptown! Commis on Piedmont Avenue! Bocanova in Jack London Square!—the grand dame of Oakland neighborhoods was starting to seem a little, well, stale in comparison.