Paradise Park Cafe Opening Soon

It launches August 17 at the juncture of North Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville, aka the NOBE district.


Image courtesy of Park Cafe Group

The Park Cafe Group -- which operates Dolores Park Cafe, Precita Park Cafe, and Duboce Park Cafe in San Francisco -- has just announced the opening of its first East Bay location.

Set to open August 17 at 6334 San Pablo Ave. in what you may or may not know is called the NOBE neighborhood (because it's where North Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville meet), the Paradise Park Cafe will feature outdoor and indoor (and individual and communal) seating as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, and will serve New American cuisine spotlighting local, sustainable ingredients.

“We are looking forward to joining the Oakland community and catering to the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Rachel Herbert, who co-owns the Park Cafe Group with life-partner Dana Oppenheim. 

“With the opening of Paradise Park Cafe and with our other cafes, it has always been important to work with local purveyors and build a community.”

Highlights from the lunch and dinner menu include:

• Paradise Salad (organic greens, grilled asparagus, fresh carrots, radish, mint, sugar snap peas, pickled red onion, fried onion, and toasted peanuts in a citrus vinaigrette with choice of Vietnamese style chicken sausage or chickpea tofu)  

• House-made Quinoa Burger (roasted cauliflower, black beans, garlic aioli, and baby kale served with fries)

• Fried Chicken Sandwich (marinated grilled chicken breast fried in a light tapioca batter, served on a Challah Bun with local organic greens, shredded carrots, radish, pickled onion, and Sriracha aioli) 

• BLT (Zoe’s nitrate-free bacon, Roma tomatoes, lettuce, and mayo on a toasted nine-grain bun)

• Vegan Wrap (naan, fried chickpea tofu, arugula, carrots, radishes, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, avocado and orange vinaigrette)

• Grass-fed Burger (hormone-free, non GMO beef, fried onions, arugula, garlic and pepper aioli, served on a house-made brioche bun)

(Any salad can be made into a bowl with the addition of quinoa and a poached egg or gluten-free fried chicken or chickpea tofu.)

Highlights from the weekend brunch and daily breakfast menu include:

• Paradise Egg Sandwich (cheddar, tomato, pancetta on Pain de Mie or English muffin with black pepper and garlic aioli)

• Vegan Breakfast Burrito (hash browns, chickpea tofu, black beans, vegan sour cream, pico de gallo, flour tortilla)

• Brioche French Toast (with organic maple syrup and seasonal fruit)

• East Bay’s Authentic Bagels with topping-choices such as cream cheese and lox or house made hummus

 A kids' menu includes such options as sunflower-butter and banana sandwiches and gluten-gree mac-and-cheese.

Desserts include house-made ice-cream burritos as well as pastries from Oakland-owned Starter Bakery. Beverages include freshly brewed Equator Coffee, local craft beers, California wines, and wine cocktails. An organic juice bar will serve such fresh blends as the Revival (beet, lemon, ginger, cucumber, apple, and carrots) and the Popeye (celery, carrots, ginger, and spinach), along with smoothies such as the Chai Crush (blended house brewed chai with banana, soy and honey), Green Machine (fresh spinach, ginger, apple juice, lemon juice, and honey), and Mocha-Chia (blended mocha with a double shot of espresso, chia seeds, cocoa, cinnamon, almond milk; soy optional).

Artworks by Berkeley-based muralist and illustrator Nigel Sussman will adorn the cafe when it opens; plans are afoot to rotate works by local artists. 

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