Built by a local fireman in 1926 and immediately rented by a bootlegger named ‘Blackie’, this Townhouse went from Speakeasy to brothel, to bar, to family restaurant known as Vernetti’s Towhouse and back to bar again until its current incarnation, Townhouse Bar & Grill. Opened by Ellen Hope and French restaurateur Joseph LeBrun in 1990, Townhouse served up simple dishes in a rustic yet elegant space. Townhouse Bar & Grill had been Chef Ellen’s pride and joy since 2002 when she became the sole owner and operator. With 2020 came a global pandemic and the end of an era - Townhouse had to close its doors and Ellen has passed the torch onto a new restaurant group. You’ll be seeing some familiar faces and some new faces as well.
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.