Over the past few years, Hopscotch has earned its reputation as a mainstay in the Uptown Oakland dining scene. It is here that chef/owner Kyle Itani fuses flavors of Japan with all-American classics to succulent effect, most notable in the fried chicken (which has a cult following all its own).
With its 5th anniversary around the corner, Hopscotch is celebrating with special events: You can enjoy favorite dishes for just $5 at lunch and dinne on June 15, or stop by on Father's Day for a Sunday Pig Roast. Whatever your fancy, you can never go wrong with brunch, and Hopscotch is taking the popular meal to the next level with a new group brunch offering for large parties. Grab your squad and go all in with a range of starters, entrees, sides, and cocktails to start the weekend right.
Hopscotch has a delicious drink menu, featuring the Oakland 75 made with sparkling wine, gin, orange juice, lemon, and house grenadine. Make sure to also enjoy their delectable donuts with butterscotch cream.
Other drink specials include their Classic Gin Fizz (left) and Wagonwheel (right) made with bourbon, maple syrup, hot coffee, and scotch cream for that extra morning pick me up.
The Japanese elements come into play with unique dishes like the kimchee fried rice and shoyu eggs with green onions and pork belly.
Photo by Sarah Chorey
Different brunch options offer a side of fruit salad or a cast iron potato gratin. No contest – these Parmesan cream potatoes were a sleeper side and completely legendary!
For those that enjoy a traditional breakfast, Hopscotch offers lamb merguez sausage from Thistle Meats, a butcher shop in Peteluma, with sunny side up eggs.
The seasoning used for the fried chicken is Gochugaru, a vibrant red spice made of a blend of red pepper flakes and used to add a little spicy flavor.
The fried chicken is served with creamy scrambled eggs, soba biscuits, and a savory gravy with crumbles of pork sausage.
The crispy buttermilk fried chicken can also be ordered for pick-up or delivery by the bucketful (just ask for the "Bucket 'O' Chicken").
Hopscotch, 1915 San Pablo Ave. (Uptown Oakland), hopscotchoakland.com