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Laura's Guidebook

Laura

Laura's Guidebook

Faves
More than a wine shop, a welcoming happening spot for a glass or a (very generously poured) flight. Right around the corner. Focused on biodynamic wines from small producers without being stuffy about it. Great selection of really good wines under $15.00 in the center of the shop.
OAKLAND YARD Wine Shop
420 40th St
More than a wine shop, a welcoming happening spot for a glass or a (very generously poured) flight. Right around the corner. Focused on biodynamic wines from small producers without being stuffy about it. Great selection of really good wines under $15.00 in the center of the shop.
💸 But you won’t regret it. Best collection of contemporary edgy artisan jewelry anywhere.
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Esqueleto
482A 49th Street
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💸 But you won’t regret it. Best collection of contemporary edgy artisan jewelry anywhere.
An institution. Jazz in a supper club vibe (sushi!). The best artists make a stop at Yoshi’s.
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Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
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An institution. Jazz in a supper club vibe (sushi!). The best artists make a stop at Yoshi’s.
Swanky fun. Live music.
Bardo Lounge & Supper Club
3343 Lakeshore Ave
Swanky fun. Live music.
Outdoor private hot tubs, fiberglass but wrapped in redwood. Not fancy. Kind of a throwback in a good way. Soak those bad vibes away. Always booked up in advance on the weekends.
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Piedmont Springs
3939 Piedmont Avenue
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Outdoor private hot tubs, fiberglass but wrapped in redwood. Not fancy. Kind of a throwback in a good way. Soak those bad vibes away. Always booked up in advance on the weekends.
Motown Mondays! Get your week started by dancing to the beat - downtown. Follow #momoak on Insta for the DJ lineup. Also Urbano Sundays - 1st Sunday of the month, daytime Latin dance party.
Hello Stranger
1724 Broadway
Motown Mondays! Get your week started by dancing to the beat - downtown. Follow #momoak on Insta for the DJ lineup. Also Urbano Sundays - 1st Sunday of the month, daytime Latin dance party.
Food scene
It’s more than a food truck, it’s a tricked out shipping container with a patio. Inspired taco spot, Bon Apetit short listed for best new restaurant. Hand made tortillas to order. The fried egg taco is perfection. Pro tip: on cold or rainy nights, order to go and take tacos down to Oakland Yard Wine Shop.
Tacos Oscar
420 40th St
It’s more than a food truck, it’s a tricked out shipping container with a patio. Inspired taco spot, Bon Apetit short listed for best new restaurant. Hand made tortillas to order. The fried egg taco is perfection. Pro tip: on cold or rainy nights, order to go and take tacos down to Oakland Yard Wine Shop.
Perfect restaurant. Ambiance, food, bar, all lovely. Quiet but with a happy buzz. Date night, sitting single at the bar, family dinner...all good here. Stellar wine list. Mussels and frites are the best here.
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À Côté Restaurant
5478 College Avenue
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Perfect restaurant. Ambiance, food, bar, all lovely. Quiet but with a happy buzz. Date night, sitting single at the bar, family dinner...all good here. Stellar wine list. Mussels and frites are the best here.
Produce! Crazy! Aisles and aisles with insane level of varieties. Who knew there were 15 types of oranges, or potatoes, or eggplant? A must for anyone visiting from out of state. Seafood selection fresh and huge. Cheese area as big as the apartment. Prices reasonable.
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Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon Street
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Produce! Crazy! Aisles and aisles with insane level of varieties. Who knew there were 15 types of oranges, or potatoes, or eggplant? A must for anyone visiting from out of state. Seafood selection fresh and huge. Cheese area as big as the apartment. Prices reasonable.
Just really good. Don’t miss the Wicked Buns. Service is lovely.
Co Nam
3936 Telegraph Ave
Just really good. Don’t miss the Wicked Buns. Service is lovely.
Amazing Fried Chicken sandwiches eaten on an ironing board. If you are there before 11:30, you might miss the line. And hella good baked goods as well. A Temescal institution
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Bakesale Betty
5098 Telegraph Avenue
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Amazing Fried Chicken sandwiches eaten on an ironing board. If you are there before 11:30, you might miss the line. And hella good baked goods as well. A Temescal institution
James Woods catered our wedding before he got this spot, after I spotted his smoker at a festival. He was closing down for the night, but brought me a plate a few days later so I could try his food. So good. Authentic. Sides are bomb. Brisket is beyond. Giant smoker in the back parking lot.
Smokin Woods BBQ Cafe
4307 Telegraph Ave
James Woods catered our wedding before he got this spot, after I spotted his smoker at a festival. He was closing down for the night, but brought me a plate a few days later so I could try his food. So good. Authentic. Sides are bomb. Brisket is beyond. Giant smoker in the back parking lot.
Fried Chicken and Waffles, the best. Tanya Holland is an Oakland treasure.
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Brown Sugar Kitchen
2295 Broadway
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Fried Chicken and Waffles, the best. Tanya Holland is an Oakland treasure.
My fave for elevated Mexican food. And a wall of mezcal. Everything here is good good good.
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Calavera
2337 Broadway
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My fave for elevated Mexican food. And a wall of mezcal. Everything here is good good good.
Not in the news. But an absolutely perfect little Italian restaurant, like a small spot you would stumble into in Italy when the recommended spot was closed. Beautiful pastas and wine. Quiet. A gem. Not sure if this is meaningful, but also very good looking waiters.
Enoteca Molinari
5474 College Avenue
Not in the news. But an absolutely perfect little Italian restaurant, like a small spot you would stumble into in Italy when the recommended spot was closed. Beautiful pastas and wine. Quiet. A gem. Not sure if this is meaningful, but also very good looking waiters.
Always a line. Tiny. Almost as many people working here as they can seat. Fresh sushi for ridiculously approachable prices. Not at all fancy. Order from the notes tacked to the wall.
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Geta
165 41st Street
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Always a line. Tiny. Almost as many people working here as they can seat. Fresh sushi for ridiculously approachable prices. Not at all fancy. Order from the notes tacked to the wall.
Super good Burmese. The baby kale tea leaf salad sounds like a post hipster joke, until you try it, and come back for more.
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Teni East Kitchen
4015 Broadway
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Super good Burmese. The baby kale tea leaf salad sounds like a post hipster joke, until you try it, and come back for more.
Chef Smelly. Google him. Follow him on Instagram, @chefsmelly. He regularly pops up here. Garlic noodles, seafood, he’s an inspiration. Voted best East Bay chef a couple of years back and he didn’t even have a restaurant. But there was always a line. Now that he is at Au it’s easier to get a spot. Pay no attention to the photos above. Pro-tip: portions are huge. Splitting an order might make you look weak to the chef, but that’s what we do.
AU Lounge
2430 Broadway
Chef Smelly. Google him. Follow him on Instagram, @chefsmelly. He regularly pops up here. Garlic noodles, seafood, he’s an inspiration. Voted best East Bay chef a couple of years back and he didn’t even have a restaurant. But there was always a line. Now that he is at Au it’s easier to get a spot. Pay no attention to the photos above. Pro-tip: portions are huge. Splitting an order might make you look weak to the chef, but that’s what we do.
Utterly sublime. Elegant beautiful restaurant with gorgeous food. Oh - and vegan.
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Millennium
5912 College Avenue
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Utterly sublime. Elegant beautiful restaurant with gorgeous food. Oh - and vegan.
A double mention (see breakfast). Not just for beignets. A SF institution now open a few blocks away. Po’boys, Fried Chicken, sides. Super good. Usually a line - order at counter. Outdoor patio, or bring it home!
Brenda's
4045 Broadway
A double mention (see breakfast). Not just for beignets. A SF institution now open a few blocks away. Po’boys, Fried Chicken, sides. Super good. Usually a line - order at counter. Outdoor patio, or bring it home!
Breakfast
Been an Oakland b’fast institution for decades. Not fancy. Lines. Bill Russell has been spotted here.
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Mama's Royal Cafe
4012 Broadway
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Been an Oakland b’fast institution for decades. Not fancy. Lines. Bill Russell has been spotted here.
Southern breakfast. Pies. Don’t miss the Pan Perdu when it is on the menu.
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Aunt Mary's Cafe
4640 Telegraph Avenue
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Southern breakfast. Pies. Don’t miss the Pan Perdu when it is on the menu.
The best Chicken and Waffles in a town filled with chicken and waffles. Everything here is beyond.
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Brown Sugar Kitchen
2295 Broadway
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The best Chicken and Waffles in a town filled with chicken and waffles. Everything here is beyond.
Bagels boiled in honey water, then wood fired. The egg dishes, and sandwiches are so so good. In the news for a reason.
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Beauty's Bagel Shop
3838 Telegraph Avenue
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Bagels boiled in honey water, then wood fired. The egg dishes, and sandwiches are so so good. In the news for a reason.
Shrimp and grits and roof top patio with a bumping scene. Anytime is the right time for Oeste.
Oeste - Bar
722 Clay St
Shrimp and grits and roof top patio with a bumping scene. Anytime is the right time for Oeste.
Those waffles.
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Blue Bottle Coffee
4270 Broadway
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Those waffles.
Beignets. Ok? 3 blocks away are hot beignets.
Brenda's
4045 Broadway
Beignets. Ok? 3 blocks away are hot beignets.
Cafés
Recommended by a guest - good coffee, lots of outlets, chill vibe.
Burlap Coffee
511 40th Street
Recommended by a guest - good coffee, lots of outlets, chill vibe.
Coffee mecca. Pristine. Everything stellar. Obsessed with the sweet waffle they hand you wrapped in a coffee filter. All of the bites are good here.
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Blue Bottle Coffee
4270 Broadway
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Coffee mecca. Pristine. Everything stellar. Obsessed with the sweet waffle they hand you wrapped in a coffee filter. All of the bites are good here.
Café by day, bar by night. Great little outdoor patio, wonderful drinks and small bites. 3 blocks from home.
Cafe Encina
308 41st Street
Café by day, bar by night. Great little outdoor patio, wonderful drinks and small bites. 3 blocks from home.
Recommended by a guest. Amazing tea selection, coffees, tonics, 7 am open! Fresh, organic, simple, and a patio!
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Julie's
4316 Telegraph Ave
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Recommended by a guest. Amazing tea selection, coffees, tonics, 7 am open! Fresh, organic, simple, and a patio!
Fave bars
Great little outdoor patio, wonderful drinks and small bites. 3 blocks from home.
Cafe Encina
308 41st Street
Great little outdoor patio, wonderful drinks and small bites. 3 blocks from home.
Hi Fidelity jazz on vinyl in swanky MCM Japanese Industrial setting next door to one of the world’s most classic dive bars, Cafe Van Kleef. Why we ❤️ Oakland. See below.
Bar Shiru
1611 Telegraph Avenue
Hi Fidelity jazz on vinyl in swanky MCM Japanese Industrial setting next door to one of the world’s most classic dive bars, Cafe Van Kleef. Why we ❤️ Oakland. See below.
Back patio. Super great drinks and bar bites. My fave for early Friday happy hour.
North Light
4915 Telegraph Ave
Back patio. Super great drinks and bar bites. My fave for early Friday happy hour.
Roof top patio and a bumping scene. Anytime is the right time for Oeste.
Oeste - Bar
722 Clay St
Roof top patio and a bumping scene. Anytime is the right time for Oeste.
Strong drinks, small plates, a great happy hour.
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Bar Cesar
4039 Piedmont Avenue
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Strong drinks, small plates, a great happy hour.
No one orders coffee here. Not a cafe. If a guy was collecting a lot of random stuff and dropped a lot of acid, then perfected a Greyhound by fresh squeezing grapefruit juice to order, and then opened a dive bar several decades ago - that’s Cafe Van Kleef. Owner was a legendary figure, bar carries on in his memory. Giant bouncers. Try and get there before or after the music starts. Always a terrible band. In a town of great musicians. Must be part of the mystique. Not to be missed. Seriously, order a Greyhound.
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Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Avenue
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No one orders coffee here. Not a cafe. If a guy was collecting a lot of random stuff and dropped a lot of acid, then perfected a Greyhound by fresh squeezing grapefruit juice to order, and then opened a dive bar several decades ago - that’s Cafe Van Kleef. Owner was a legendary figure, bar carries on in his memory. Giant bouncers. Try and get there before or after the music starts. Always a terrible band. In a town of great musicians. Must be part of the mystique. Not to be missed. Seriously, order a Greyhound.
Brewery and beer gardens
Patio! Great beers! Bring the kids and dogs. Super chill spot. The watermelon salad an unexpected treat! Slices good too.
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Arthur Mac's Tap and Snack
4006 Martin Luther King Jr Way
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Patio! Great beers! Bring the kids and dogs. Super chill spot. The watermelon salad an unexpected treat! Slices good too.
Fun, great beers, sometimes live music, outdoor seating
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Woods Bar & Brewery
1701 Telegraph Avenue
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Fun, great beers, sometimes live music, outdoor seating
Brews, food trucks and pop-ups, patio.
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Temescal Brewing
4115 Telegraph Ave
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Brews, food trucks and pop-ups, patio.
Fire pits and amazing brew and flatbread.
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Drake's Dealership
2325 Broadway
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Fire pits and amazing brew and flatbread.
Shopping
Quirky, eclectic, they have things you don’t know you need, until you find them here. Also check out their sister store, Good Stock. They always get some of my money. Great place for gifts to bring home.
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Neighbor
4200 Piedmont Avenue
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Quirky, eclectic, they have things you don’t know you need, until you find them here. Also check out their sister store, Good Stock. They always get some of my money. Great place for gifts to bring home.
Cute clothes boutique 2 blocks away.
Dandelion Post
4243 Telegraph Ave
Cute clothes boutique 2 blocks away.
Shoes! Great selection.
Tootsies Rockridge
5525 College Avenue
Shoes! Great selection.
Because we all need this kind of stuff - also great housewares.
Cole Hardware
5533 College Avenue
Because we all need this kind of stuff - also great housewares.
In Temescal Alley. Take my money. Chic and wearable - beautiful textiles - local designer.
Ali Golden
482 49th St
In Temescal Alley. Take my money. Chic and wearable - beautiful textiles - local designer.
Want some vinyl to spin on the Metz? Right around the corner.
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1-2-3-4 Go! Records
420 40th Street
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Want some vinyl to spin on the Metz? Right around the corner.
Upscale casual menswear. Something of a pilgrimage spot for denim and boots. Focusing on small labels and exclusive collaborations. Standout denim selection, boots, outerwear. Really helpful staff with excellent product knowledge at all levels and a chill vibe.
Standard & Strange
5010 Telegraph Ave
Upscale casual menswear. Something of a pilgrimage spot for denim and boots. Focusing on small labels and exclusive collaborations. Standout denim selection, boots, outerwear. Really helpful staff with excellent product knowledge at all levels and a chill vibe.