Sometimes you want a Louisiana link that sends your tongue on a one-way trip to New Orleans, or a decent kosher frank. That is what the owner wanted when he opened up this small stand: a taste of New York's famous ethnic sausages from its German, Italian and Polish neighborhoods. And they ship bulk orders around the world, too! Not surprisingly, this joint is a hit with local students grabbing a quick bite between classes or a satisfying break during a late-night study session. Place your order at the front and hang out while waiting for your link. Lemon Chicken, Kielbasa and the turkey "Bird Dog" are among the several appetizing selections.
Welcome to a cafe that is synonymous with Berkeley itself. Located directly across the street from the University, and open late, this is the perfect place to study, relax, rev up or just congregate. There is a large front patio outside, making this the perfect spot for sipping delicious coffee drinks al fresco. There is no telling how many famous novels, poems and quantum mechanic theories have been formulated, hammered out and perfected right here. Find a strong and inexpensive assortment of coffee and espresso drinks. There are pastries, including muffins, scones, croissants and the ubiquitous macaroons.
Pappys Bar & Grill, located at the Telegraph Avenue, is a great place for larger groups and even families to spend an evening together. The place is equipped with a large projector screen and several small televisions, hence watching a game at Pappys Bar & Grill is always fun. A good game is well complemented with their scrumptious bar snacks, which are very easy on your pocket. They serve a variety of drinks and have over ten beers on tap. They also house a dance floor at the basement.
El Farolito is one of the Mission's most beloved dive taquerias. The lighting is alright, the decor is bargain-basement, but the burritos are huge and the filling is a delicious, slow-cooked Carne Asada, tender chicken, spicy pork, or veggies and guacamole. You will also find tacos and enchiladas. It is a popular place with locals and people looking for a quick meal, especially late at night when most other spots have closed down. The service is quick and efficient. Only cash accepted.
Shan Dong Restaurant located in Oakland's Chinatown specializes in Mandarin cuisine. Especially popular are the fresh, homemade dumplings, pancakes and rolls, as well as their tasty hand-made noodle dishes. The decor, however, is minimal and showcases the traditional Chinese culture. Try the special Shan Dong dumplings or the always delicious sesame noodles. Shan Dong also offers an extremely affordable lunch special, all lunch entrees served with rice. If you live nearby, they offer free delivery for dinner within one and a half miles.
Tacos Mi Rancho is a popular late night spot to enjoy a delicious burrito or tasty tacos. This food truck is perfect for a snack after going to the nearby bars. However, don't forget that they're open for lunch too and their massive burritos and cheap prices are perfect at any time.
The East Bay is abuzz with talk of Modern Coffee. At this beloved flagship location in downtown Oakland, you'll find an assortment of roasts that could satisfy any connoisseur. Pair drinks like burnt cinnamon and lavender almond milk lattes with fresh-out-of-the-oven pastries. The friendly staff is happy to help you find your preferred flavors, even if you haven't discovered them yet. Stick around for the ambiance or take your treats to nearby Lake Merritt for a delicious break.
In a world filled with carnivores, Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant stands out. Featuring vegetarian versions of chicken, beef, fish, shrimp and more, Golden Lotus is one vegetarian Vietnamese (and Chinese) restaurant that local veggies and carnivores alike swear by. Especially amazing are the "chicken" drumsticks, and the vegetarian pho. Golden Lotus aside from not using meat, also does not use eggs in any of their dishes, however not all dishes are Vegan. There is, however, a fair amount of vegan selections also.
Biryani Kabab Halal Indian & Pakistani Cuisine, the name of this spectacular restaurant is self-explanatory and gives you an idea what to expect when you stop-by for a leisurely meal. Situated in the bustling Downtown Oakland, lovers of Indian and Pakistani cuisine fill this restaurant to the last seat at all times of the day. Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan, Basmati Rice and Tandoori Chicken are few of their most popular dishes that are capable of tantalizing your taste buds. The menu also includes many dishes like Chana Masala, Daal, Aloo Palak and Malai Kofta that are suitable to the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle. Trying the exemplary food of Biryani Kabab Halal Indian & Pakistani Cuisine is a must while in the neighborhood.
Set in a large spacious interior that is reminiscent of a warehouse, the Cosecha Cafe serves up delicious Mexican food that is on-par with a traditional home-cooked meal. Whether you are dining with a large group, as a couple or even solo, this restaurant is a great option. The intimate and friendly ambiance here makes you immediately feel comfortable and gets you ready to dig in. Enjoy items like Pork Belly Tacos with pickled onions and salsa, roasted yam tacos with Oaxacan cheese, Ahogada Tortas (Mexican grilled chicken sandwich) and Carne Adovada (braised pork with rice, beans and homemade tortillas). To quench your thirst choose from Mezcal and Tequila cocktails, local craft and Mexican beers, select wines and freshly brewed coffees.
After creating a fan base in San Francisco and Oakland by appeasing the foodies with lip-smacking Caribbean food at various restaurants and pop up kitchens at bars across the city, award-winning Chef Sarah Kirnon made a smart move by opening her first restaurant closer to the Oakland city center. Result is a culinary onslaught by the master-chef, backed by the same chicken, crab and grits delicacies which earned her a name among the food connoisseurs. The food, as she boasts, is deeply inspired by her grandmother's take on Caribbean food, which she appears to have mastered to perfection. Do try the goat stew which is served with red beans and rice, and, of course, the fried chicken just to check out what the hype is all about.