Tagged Oakland

Hopscotch Counter

Hopscotch

Once in awhile, in an effort to balance all of the kale and quinoa that makes up the typical San Francisco diet, I get that real urge for a good old diner. Hopscotch in uptown Oakland is a place that always satisfies that urge, and then some, by creating classic favorites with a little Japanese…

Eat Real Festival 2013

We walked into Oakland’s Jack London Square, where at the edge of a crowded parking lot, a collection of colorful food trucks sat under a blazing sun that beat down on their metallic roofs, causing everyone to slide on sunglasses and bare those vitamin-D deprived shoulders. Today was the Eat Real Festival, 2013, and I…

Ramen Shop

Stepping through the glass door into Ramen Shop is like stepping into a back alley in some forgein country. A large painted fish stares down at you from the rafters, overlooking the front bar, and hangs next an intricate wood paneled wall that separates the restaurant into two distinct areas. Up front is a large…

Boot and Shoe Service

A weathered sign out front reads Boot and Shoe Service. But don’t let the name fool you—Boot and Shoe Service fixes food cravings, not worn leather soles. Its name pays homage to the original tenants, which is pretty cool considering today’s world of trendy restaurant tags (sorry 21st Amendment). Charlie Hallowell, the mastermind behind Pizzaiolo…

Pickles and Popsicles

If you’ve ever ventured to the Eat Real Festival in Oakland you’ve found yourself surrounded by hundreds of tasty little bites in the center of Jack London Square. Indian street food, Vietnamese spring rolls, steaming cups of ramen and slow cooked meat all beg to be consumed as you patiently (depending on your hunger level)…