Blue Bottle Coffee takes its name from the first coffee house ever opened in Central Europe: The Blue Bottle. Like its name, the company practices old world coffee-making; you won't find any grande soy pumpkin spice lattes at this establishment, which prides itself on brewing coffee for people who actually want to taste their freshly roasted coffee. The establishment has now been operating for over ten years and has several cafes on the west coast. This Oakland shop on Webster Street was opened in 2009 in a beautiful brick warehouse that was build in 1923. Coffee-lovers can stop into the bright and cheerful space to indulge in some freshly pulled espressi or brewed coffee and snack on the gourmet pastries also on offer.
Fenton's has been an Oakland institution for over 100 years, serving up homemade ice cream and deluxe toppings, along with all your classic American diner favorites. You can always get a juicy burger with fries, or cranberry turkey sandwich, but the real draw are the sweets. Fenton's serves up everything from your basic flavored ice cream cone to a super-deluxe sundae or an incredible milkshake. Besides high quality ice cream, the toppings are a huge favorite here, especially the marshmallow sauce.
A world renowned name in the culinary industry, Chez Panisse is known for their innovations in tastes and flavors.Started by Alice Walkers in 1971, it was named after the movie character Honore Panisse. Prepared with fresh, local produce, the restaurant is a spectacular specimen of fine dining. The menu changes daily and is curated keeping the seasonality of ingredients. Through the week, delicacies like Striped bass carpaccio with cardoons and Titone olio nuovo and Huckleberry and Meyer lemon ice creams meringata are served, to name a few. The wine list is extensive, featuring dozens of wines from across the world. With contributions like California style pizza to the ever changing culinary world, the Chez Panisse is no less than a legend.
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.
Rustic and romantic, Freehouse is a haunt for the beer lover in you. The interior of this beer garden is made to look like a cozy living room; it is furnished with intimate seating spaces and the fireplace keeps patrons warm on colder evenings. Yellow lights and timber-clad walls give this place an old-school look. The outdoor seating in the spacious courtyard lets larger groups dine under the bright California sun. At Freehouse, the menu is ever changing but classics like Beer Poached Mussels, the house salad and Chicken Pot Pie never go out of style. Limited but potent cocktails are on offer along with beers sourced from eminent breweries.
People watch and indulge in the fabulous dining at this San Francisco favorite. Known equally well for its affluent clientele and its oven-roasted chicken, this hot spot is worth the wait. Dinner entrees are nominally priced, though specials will cost you a bit more. If you are not enamored with the dinner scene, try visiting late mornings or early afternoons when you can sip on a latte (or scarf a Gorgonzola-topped burger) and watch the fog lift.
Awaken Cafe dons multiple hats as a performing arts venue, coffeehouse, beer and wine bar, gourmet snack joint and art gallery. There is always something going on here, whether it is a music and dance show or a fun karaoke session. Grab a fruit juice and listen to symphony orchestra, enjoy gourmet coffee with banana bread, marvel at contemporary art, watch live sports on television, listen to indie and pop beats at the concerts or participate in poetry slam. Mood lighting, WiFi access and happy hours only serve to accentuate the overall experience. Gastronomes will delight in the award-winning ice creams and espressos, organic food selection and Californian craft beer.
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.
The Cook and Her Farmer is a nice place to stop by for a casual breakfast or lunch. The small cafe is characterized by the open-kitchen and long redwood bar spanning the space. Watch as your oysters are expertly shucked, just before they're served. Serving a delightful selection of small plates, salads, sandwiches, seafood and delicious coffee it's a popular lunch spot. In the evenings, it's a nice place to relax over a glass of wine and some oysters. The menu focuses on serving up oysters in a delightful array of preparations, while there are other limited options available which change often.
Primarily a coffee house, Blue Bottle Coffee began as a humble stand at the Farmer's market before expanding and delighting the coffee lovers all over the country. Its location on the 9th street is a charming one; it features a chic, non-pretentious decor that comprises light wood furniture paired with exposed brick walls and the vintage vibes satisfy all the musings of a coffee lover. Besides serving fantastic coffees, Blue Bottle Coffee also serves scrumptious pastries and baked treats to go with it.
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.
From the people who brought you the sophisticated and succulent Doña Tomás in Temescal comes their scaled down, more casual restaurant Xolo, located in Uptown. The fare served up is your typical no fuss Mexican food, but with an always fresh and tasty twist, so expect mouthwatering tacos, burritos, and some specials including the ever-popular bacon wrapped hot dog, the Danger Dog. Xolo also has a selection of bottled Mexican beers.