What is a Chowhaus? It’s something akin to the roadhouse chop bars of West Africa and the gasthäuser of Germany, both important as community gathering places. Based on our experience over three visits, Chowhaus could become that for Montclair.
The pandan waffles at Monster Pho are deliciously crisp honeycombed green things piled high with whipped cream and ice cream—your new favorite dessert.
Oasis Grill, Parlour, Potala Organic Cafe, plank, and Zen Asian Fusion + Tapas
It feels more like a trendy Valencia Street eatery, but Parlour is decidedly Oakland.
Tanya Holland’s barbecue replacement creates a stir for the commuter set with delectable quiches, pies, biscuits, and banana bread. Coming soon: lunch.
Mama Papa is less concerned with promoting esoteric delicacies than with presenting humble yet restaurant-worthy versions of Lithuanian home cooking.
Until you can make your own pilgrimage to the Andes, dip into the many appetizers, entrees, and desserts that chef/owner Patricia Rios has packed into her bountiful menu at Tambo where she radiates luminary charm and creates unpretentiously artful plates as pleasing to eye as to the palate.
Poutines are loaded fries, but loaded fries are not poutiness, and while the East Bay is loaded with loaded fries, Canada’s signature offering is relatively hard to come by. Until now, with the arrival of Smoke’s Poutinerie in Berkeley.
It’s hard not to like a place where the hostesses and hosts exude unrelenting charm, the crowd is the epitome of Oakland’s multicultural (Latin, African American, Asian, Caucasian) population and adventuresome fashion (did you see that skirt, that jacket, those heels?!); and where anyone on a paleo diet might just think he or she has achieved nirvana.