Long before the food truck craze, food delivery apps and avocado toast mania, Libby and I opened our first restaurant in San Francisco in 2007. I named it Brenda’s French Soul Food. I missed the fun and flavors of my hometown, New Orleans, and I wanted to share that with the Bay Area. The place was tiny, in a sketchy neighborhood and an instant success. Fast-forward more than 10 years and two more businesses, Libby and I are thrilled to finally bring our latest restaurant to the East Bay. Brenda’s is a fast casual cafe inspired by my favorite places growing up—relaxed, lively and fun. From award-winning fried chicken to our famous cream biscuits and signature stuffed beignets, we’re serving up our most beloved dishes, as well as a few new ones.
Hotboys in Oakland, renowned for its flavorful spicy chicken, offers a variety of heat levels, including the extreme "Hot One Tender Challenge" for those daring enough to tackle their spiciest sauce.
In the heart of the Laurel District, Everett & Jones BBQ, founded by Dorothy Everett in 1973, stands as an Oakland landmark. With roots tracing back to Westpoint, Alabama, and a dream fueled by determination, this BBQ haven serves dishes steeped in rich history and flavor.
At Korner, they host a dynamic mix of rotating vendors in they're outdoor courtyard, serving up diverse cuisine, along with a bar featuring craft cocktails that won't break the bank.
The Alley stands as one of the city's few remaining piano bars, a vibrant beacon from a rich era that began in 1934. Located near the famed Grand Lake Theatre and the serene Lake Merritt estuary, The Alley boasts an interior that transports you back to the 1920s, part saloon and part vintage alley.
Viridian, a unique Oakland bar and eatery founded by industry veterans, pairs locally-sourced, Asian-inspired plates with sustainable cocktails and eco-conscious wines.
Whether you're a seasoned lover of West African cuisine or new to the flavors, Ruth's Buka is a must-visit destination for those seeking an authentic taste of African culinary heritage in Oakland.