Hopscotch located in Oakland’s Uptown district, offers new American food with a Japanese twist. Stop in during brunch hours for a braised pork belly benedict and a wasabi Bloody Mary, or come for dinner and indulge in baby back ribs with charred escarole. But even if you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, Hopscotch has you covered. The take-out menu, which includes buttermilk fried chicken and chili-miso wings, will make your lunch break the highlight of your busy day.
Hopscotch, 1915 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA, USA, +1 510 788 6217
Bakesale Betty, located in Oakland’s Temescal district, is without a doubt the most beloved sandwich shop in Oakland. Every day, the line stretches around the block, and nearly everyone waiting in it is hankering for just one item: the buttermilk fried chicken coleslaw sandwich. This sandwich is one of only two sandwiches on the menu, but it is so delicious that it has made chef Alison Barakat famous. Just mention Bakesale Betty to any Oaklander, and they’ll know what we mean.
Bakesale Betty, 5098 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA, USA, +1 510 985 1213
Everett and Jones is a Bay Area barbecue institution with distinctly Southern roots. It is the creation of Dorothy Everett, a single mother of nine who arrived in Oakland from Alabama in 1973. Since then, the business has grown to include five more Bay Area locations, and all are still family-owned. Pop in to Everett and Jones for a smoky rack of baby back ribs smothered in barbecue sauce, a helping of tender brisket, and a generous portion of collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and freshly baked cornbread.
Everett and Jones, 126 Broadway, Oakland, CA, USA, +1 510 663 2350
Hog’s Apothecary is all about great food and sustainability. All of the meat served at this ‘New American Beer Hall’ is house-butchered, and all of the produce comes from local sustainable farms. Try the grilled hanger steak with celery root gratin and wild mushroom butter, or the ale-braised pork shoulder with apple-rutabaga mash. The lunch menu even offers the Sister Betty, a new take on Bakesale Betty’s famous fried chicken sandwich. Try both and see how hard it is to say which is more delicious!
Hog’s Apothecary, 375 40th Street, Oakland, CA, USA, +1 510 338 3847
If you’re looking for a cheap and delicious no-frills burger joint, make a trip to Oakland’s TrueBurger. A hormone and antibiotic-free cheeseburger with cheese, lettuce, tomato, garlic mayo, onions, and pickles will cost you just seven dollars! With your leftover money, order a side of garlic fries, spicy coleslaw, or a milkshake. Although chocolate and vanilla are the only flavors available, your milkshake is endlessly customizable with add-ins like banana, coffee, caramel sauce, peanut butter, and marshmallows, all just 50 cents each.
TrueBurger, 146 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA, USA, +1 510 208 5678