Got a craving for some authentic deep dish pizza? This hip, fresh joint has food of tantalizing tastes to satisfy even the most jaded pizza enthusiast. Try the Mediterranean chicken pizza, or try the vegetarian pizza, which will have you converted in no time. Little Star also offers thin crusts, which are, honestly, just as good as the incredibly taste-infused deep dishes for which they are famous. With minimalist decor and a blaring jukebox to boot, Little Star will have you hooked.
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.
Located in the heart of Uptown Oakland, Hopscotch bills itself as an upscale diner. The light-filled dining room with little tables and bright red chairs is an inviting affair. Checkerboard floor and wood-paneling adds a touch of vintage. The menu offers American specialties with Japanese influences adding a surprise element for adventurous eaters. Mains include the famous buttermilk fried chicken, Tonkatsu sandwich and First Base Burger. The drink list offers a choice of inspired cocktails as well as a selection of sake. There's a selection of tea, coffee and juices as well.
A16 Rockridge brings the taste of Campania to Oakland. This industrial decor has a rustic touch to it with exposed bricks, an open kitchen, wooden beams and artworks. Taking pride in their authentically rustic menu, you can enjoy wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas, house cured meats and fine Southern Italian wines at this establishment. Don't miss their happy hours where you can sip on their wine varietal by the glass or half-a-bottle carafe. Reservations are recommended.
The facade resembles a circus ticket booth more than a fine eating establishment, so it's no surprise that a mere visit to Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe will send your tongue on a satisfying roller coaster of flavor. The tri-tip sandwhich topped with a garlic-cilantro sauce is almost everyone's favorite, but also check out their tuna and vegetarian sandwiches & plates. Also, no meal is complete without a mango smoothie. Though a traditional sit-down location exists around the corner at 1983 Shattuck Avenue, the original Fresh Squeeze Cafe provides the most unique and truly Berkeley experience with it's street-side lawn chair seating and kitschy decor.
You've never had grilled cheese like this! With different types of cheese and fancy combinations, the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco puts a fun and gourmet twist on this classic dish. They also serve soups, salads, delightful baked goods, and offer daily specials that will satisfy your stomach! Situated near the ballpark, the kitchen stays open until 7p during nighttime baseball games.
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.
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.
A fancy sports bar located in the Old Oakland neighborhood, Fort Green is perfect to catch a late-game with friends over drinks and great food. Featuring a full cocktail bar, this friendly neighborhood sports bar serves classic cocktails and a range of craft, bottled and draught beers. The food menu includes snacks such as spiced peanuts, fried potato bread, tater tots and cheesy tater tots, and mains including pepper sausage, salad plates, classic American cheeseburger, fried chicken and fish sandwich.
Take a seat at Rio California and get ready to travel on a Brazilian culinary journey. Their limited menu consists of traditional dishes like Carnaval, Ipanema and Copacabana. They also have a special menu which consists of dishes like Feijoda, Moqueca de Peixe and Lasagnas. The simple and neat setting of the restaurant makes it a perfect venue for a family dinner.