The Big Eat Oakland: 50 Things to Taste Before You Die

The Big Eat Oakland: 50 Things to Taste Before You Die


After years of putting together the annual Big Eat San Francisco, in 2014 we expanded our famous culinary listicle across the Bay Bridge. From the chilaquiles at Grand Lake Kitchen to Hopscotch's Yonsei Oyster, here are 50 things you need to try in the Town before you die. 

1. Squid Ink Paella.Duende (Uptown)

2. Special Dumplings.Shan Dong Restaurant (Chinatown) 

3. Louisiana BlueCrab & Lobster Thermidor. Pican (Uptown)

4. Tacos Al Pastor. Tacos Mi Rancho (Lake Merritt) 510-395-1403

5. Pizza Margherita di Bufala.Boot and Shoe Service (Grand Lake)

6. Pollo Sobado con Mole Negro (chili-rubbed grilled chicken). Nido Kitchen + Bar (Jack London Square)

7. The Nightly Menu. Commis (Piedmont Ave)

8. Roasted Pig's Feet Terrine. Barlata (Temescal)

9. Black & Tan. Fentons Creamery (Piedmont Ave)

10. Po'Boy Sandwich. The Cook and Her Farmer (Old Town)

11. Veggie Shoyu Meyer Lemon Ramen. Ramen Shop (Rockridge)

12. Naughty Cream Doughnut. Doughnut Dolly (Temescal)

13. Smoked Mashed Yams. B-Side BBQ (West Oakland)

14. Eisbein (braised pork shank). Brotzeit Lokal (Embarcadero)

15. Caramel Pudding. Flora (Uptown)

16. Gilroy Garlic Mac + Cheese. Homeroom (Temescal)

17. Chilaquiles. Grand Lake Kitchen (Adams Point)

18. Meatball + Egg Banh Mi. Banh Mi Ba Le (East Oakland) 510-261-9800

19. Oxtail Poutine. Chop Bar (Jack London Square)

20. Sashimi Combo. Geta (Piedmont Ave.) 510-653-8819

21. Laotian Fried Rice Ball Salad. Champa Garden (Ivy Hill) 510-238-8819

22. Salchipapas (fries, house-made sausage and chorizo, kimchi). The Half Orange (Fruitvale)

23. Ricotta Baked with Myrtle Leaves. Camino (Grand Lake)

24. Baja Fish Taco. Cholita Linda (Temescal)

25. Pickled Sardine on Toast. Haven (Jack London Square)

26. Bacon Mochi. Fusebox (West Oakland)

27. Arroz con Leche. Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana (Old Town)

28. Kronnerburger. Kronnerburger (Piedmont)

29. Escargot Ragout. Michel Bistro (Lakeshore)

30. Deep Dish Spinach & Mushroom. Zachary's Chicago Pizza (Rockridge)

31. Fried Chicken Sandwich. Bakesale Betty (Temescal)

32. Morning Bun. La Farine (Dimond District)

33. Spicy Tofu Soup. Pyeongchang Tofu House (Temescal)

34. Happy Meal (slider, smoked fries, bourbon, beer). Plum Bar + Restaurant (Uptown)

35. Black and White Cookies.  The Grand Bakery (Lakeshore) 510-465-1110

36. Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop. Wood Tavern (Rockridge)

37. Everything Platter. Souley Vegan (Jack London Square)

38. Hawker Sundae. Hawker Fare (Uptown)

39. Lasagnette. Dopo (Piedmont Ave.)

40. Thai Iced Tea Ice Cream. Curbside Creamery (Temescal)

41. Bacalao Croquetas. Shakewell (Lakeshore)

42. Spaghetti Sugo with Meatballs. Lo Coco's (Piedmont Ave.)

43. Green Chile Mole. Cosecha (Old Town)

44. Yonsei Oyster. Hopscotch (Uptown)

45. Veggie Combo. Cafe Colucci (Rockridge)

46. Fried Chicken and Waffles. Brown Sugar Kitchen (West Oakland)

47. Cauliflower Gratin. Pizzaiolo (Temescal)

48. Belly Burrito. Belly (Uptown)

49. Saltfish and Ackee. Miss Ollie's (Old Town)

50. Bombay Sandwich. Juhu Beach Club (Rockridge)

Edited by Sarah Medina. 

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