Oakland is home to many open-air beer gardens, but none are quite like Portal
. Although we;d heartily recommend the craft beer and bottomless mimosas, those under 21 won’t be disappointed, because at Portal, the food takes center stage. Stand-out weekday brunch
offerings include a challah-bread French toast, each slice stuffed to bursting with ricotta cheese, and a spicy garlic meatball sub. On the weekends, the wait for brunch is at least 30 minutes, but it’s worth it to get the Portal Benedict with grilled polenta, roasted tomatoes and crispy potatoes.