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Rad’s favorite things to do / eat / drink in Oakland

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Rad’s favorite things to do / eat / drink in Oakland

Food scene
~~Hands down the best brunch in Oakland~~ Locally sourced food that influences the daily menu. Everything is handmade in house, including the bread, jam, sausages, etc Opens at 8am, best to visit on weekdays to avoid the line — but you should definitely go even if you have to wait, it’s 3 blocks away! Put in your name then check out ‘Therapy (home goods) two doors down, or thrift at Goodwill while you wait.
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Sequoia Diner
3719 MacArthur Boulevard
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~~Hands down the best brunch in Oakland~~ Locally sourced food that influences the daily menu. Everything is handmade in house, including the bread, jam, sausages, etc Opens at 8am, best to visit on weekdays to avoid the line — but you should definitely go even if you have to wait, it’s 3 blocks away! Put in your name then check out ‘Therapy (home goods) two doors down, or thrift at Goodwill while you wait.
Great bbq and burgers one block away. Outdoor seating and dog friendly! My favorite is the salad w/ chicken.
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4505 Burgers & BBQ MacArthur
3506 MacArthur Blvd
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Great bbq and burgers one block away. Outdoor seating and dog friendly! My favorite is the salad w/ chicken.
Great sandwiches and family friendly beer garden with pinball inside. Another smaller location on Shattuck (no beer garden there). The Cubano is ~100~
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Stay Gold Deli
2635 San Pablo Ave
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Great sandwiches and family friendly beer garden with pinball inside. Another smaller location on Shattuck (no beer garden there). The Cubano is ~100~
Incredible local bakery. Serves the local favorite pie (pizza) of the day by the slice or by the pie. Super delicious.
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Arizmendi Bakery
3265 Lakeshore Avenue
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Incredible local bakery. Serves the local favorite pie (pizza) of the day by the slice or by the pie. Super delicious.
I heard this was opened by a couple of guys that used to work at Arizmendi. Same concept: pie of the day. Also delicious, and nearby with generally no line and only 3 minutes away by car. I like to get a half-bake and finish cooking it at home, check the daily menu online before heading over.
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Dimond Slice Pizza
2208 MacArthur Blvd
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I heard this was opened by a couple of guys that used to work at Arizmendi. Same concept: pie of the day. Also delicious, and nearby with generally no line and only 3 minutes away by car. I like to get a half-bake and finish cooking it at home, check the daily menu online before heading over.
Historic ice cream parlor, referenced in Pixar’s movie ‘Up’. Generally always a fast moving line, lots of flavors, very good old fashioned ice cream — been around forever, doesn’t have those fancy new hip flavors, etc. Been going here since before I was born :)
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Fentons Creamery
4226 Piedmont Avenue
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Historic ice cream parlor, referenced in Pixar’s movie ‘Up’. Generally always a fast moving line, lots of flavors, very good old fashioned ice cream — been around forever, doesn’t have those fancy new hip flavors, etc. Been going here since before I was born :)
Best Chinese food in Oakland! Maybe in all of California? Definitely one of my go-to spots when I have friends visiting. Get the handmade noodles, green beans, Shan Dong chicken – actually, I’ve never had anything remotely sub-par here. But the noodles are hand-pulled and so yummy.
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Shandong Restaurant
328 10th Street
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Best Chinese food in Oakland! Maybe in all of California? Definitely one of my go-to spots when I have friends visiting. Get the handmade noodles, green beans, Shan Dong chicken – actually, I’ve never had anything remotely sub-par here. But the noodles are hand-pulled and so yummy.
Great tacos and plates. So so so good and affordable. Near Temescal Alley. Outdoor seating. Another great cubano, but I usually get tacos and beans / rice.
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Cholita Linda
4923 Telegraph Avenue
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Great tacos and plates. So so so good and affordable. Near Temescal Alley. Outdoor seating. Another great cubano, but I usually get tacos and beans / rice.
Best burritos and tacos in Oakland! Open late, cash only. I try to call ahead and pickup so I don’t have to wait around, no seating area.
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Tacos Mi Rancho
1434 1st Avenue
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Best burritos and tacos in Oakland! Open late, cash only. I try to call ahead and pickup so I don’t have to wait around, no seating area.
Cute taproom serving their beer, plus some other locals. Small bites menu that’s yummy, but a bit pricey. Really beautiful aesthetic – very airy and filled with plants. They make lots of fun / interesting beers, unlike most other local breweries – which aren’t typically my thing.
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Roses' Taproom
4930 Telegraph Ave
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Cute taproom serving their beer, plus some other locals. Small bites menu that’s yummy, but a bit pricey. Really beautiful aesthetic – very airy and filled with plants. They make lots of fun / interesting beers, unlike most other local breweries – which aren’t typically my thing.
Great ramen, a bit expensive, always a line.
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Marufuku Ramen
4828 Telegraph Ave
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Great ramen, a bit expensive, always a line.
Really good brunch, but Sequoia is better.
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Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt
576 Grand Avenue
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Really good brunch, but Sequoia is better.
Open for a few hours a day on weekdays. Serving incredible fried chicken (or tofu) sandwiches. Also fresh pies and cookies. An Oakland institution, definitely go for lunch if you’re here on a weekday — they close at 2pm. The line moves really quickly.
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Bakesale Betty
5098 Telegraph Avenue
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Open for a few hours a day on weekdays. Serving incredible fried chicken (or tofu) sandwiches. Also fresh pies and cookies. An Oakland institution, definitely go for lunch if you’re here on a weekday — they close at 2pm. The line moves really quickly.
Absolutely no frills / hole in the wall type place, and my favorite place for Indian food in Oakland. Get the coconut chicken!
Raj Indian Cuisine
4086 Piedmont Avenue
Absolutely no frills / hole in the wall type place, and my favorite place for Indian food in Oakland. Get the coconut chicken!
Teeny tiny amazing and simple Japanese spot. Not fancy, but one of my favorite places to go with a friend.
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Geta Japanese Restaurant
165 41st Street
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Teeny tiny amazing and simple Japanese spot. Not fancy, but one of my favorite places to go with a friend.
Great great food! Not over priced for what you’re getting, and in a fun part of town with nightlife.
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Xolo
1916 Telegraph Avenue
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Great great food! Not over priced for what you’re getting, and in a fun part of town with nightlife.
Amazing pastries and breads! Also, love the pulled pork and jam biscuit for brunch — don’t love the rest of the brunch menu all that much, but often go just for this biscuit.
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Firebrand Artisan Breads
2343 Broadway
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Amazing pastries and breads! Also, love the pulled pork and jam biscuit for brunch — don’t love the rest of the brunch menu all that much, but often go just for this biscuit.
My family has been coming here since before I was born. I love it so much, but also am not sure if it’s just extremely nostalgic for me or if it’s really that good.
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Juan's Place
941 Carleton Street
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My family has been coming here since before I was born. I love it so much, but also am not sure if it’s just extremely nostalgic for me or if it’s really that good.
Exercise
Great yoga down the street, have never been disappointed with a class.
Left Coast Power Yoga - Laurel
4148 MacArthur Boulevard
Great yoga down the street, have never been disappointed with a class.
Just down the street. Love this local studio — amazing, friendly local owners. Some classes are more gentle.
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Anasa Yoga
4232 MacArthur Boulevard
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Just down the street. Love this local studio — amazing, friendly local owners. Some classes are more gentle.
Nightlife
Best cocktails, dance parties, and late night food menu. My favorite burger in Oakland, everything on the menu is incredible. Fun karaoke and jazz nights.
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Starline Social Club
2236 Martin Luther King Jr Way
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Best cocktails, dance parties, and late night food menu. My favorite burger in Oakland, everything on the menu is incredible. Fun karaoke and jazz nights.
Fun bar food that’s good, pool, and a place locals love to hangout. Great beer garden.
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Eli's Mile High Club
3629 Martin Luther King Junior Way
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Fun bar food that’s good, pool, and a place locals love to hangout. Great beer garden.
Great local bar, incredible cocktails, great atmosphere / ambiance.
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The Cat House
3255 Lakeshore Ave
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Great local bar, incredible cocktails, great atmosphere / ambiance.
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Temescal Brewing
4115 Telegraph Ave
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The Rare Barrel
940 Parker Street
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Hiking
Beautiful hiking in the redwoods!!
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Joaquin Miller Park
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Beautiful hiking in the redwoods!!
More ncredible hiking in the redwoods!!
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Redwood Regional Park
7867 Redwood Rd
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More ncredible hiking in the redwoods!!
Beautiful waterfront trail with quirky areas to explore. Local art in nature. Dog friendly. My favorite place to take my pup.
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Albany Bulb
1 Buchanan Street
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Beautiful waterfront trail with quirky areas to explore. Local art in nature. Dog friendly. My favorite place to take my pup.
Shopping
A bunch of super cute local shops: clothing, coffee, plants, jewelry, restaurants, barber etc. Very very cute, fun to walk around and checkout.
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Temescal Alley
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A bunch of super cute local shops: clothing, coffee, plants, jewelry, restaurants, barber etc. Very very cute, fun to walk around and checkout.
Neighborhoods
Cute, lots of food and some shopping. One of the more desired neighborhoods for younger folks to live in. Great food and fun nightlife, plus some local shopping.
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Temescal
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Cute, lots of food and some shopping. One of the more desired neighborhoods for younger folks to live in. Great food and fun nightlife, plus some local shopping.
Good food and nightlife. Very busy, parking can be challenging.
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Uptown
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Good food and nightlife. Very busy, parking can be challenging.
Beautiful lake with vibrant daytime scene. Great for picnics and bbqs. Love walking around the lake (3 mile loop). Lots of good food and shopping, and the local theater nearby.
Lake Merritt Plaza
Beautiful lake with vibrant daytime scene. Great for picnics and bbqs. Love walking around the lake (3 mile loop). Lots of good food and shopping, and the local theater nearby.
Cute neighborhood with lots of food options, some shopping, nail salons, fun to walk around.
Piedmont Avenue
Cute neighborhood with lots of food options, some shopping, nail salons, fun to walk around.
Movies
Historic theater, local sodas, organ player before some shows.
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Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave
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Historic theater, local sodas, organ player before some shows.
Cute old school theater in adorable neighborhood.
Piedmont movie theater
1400 Broadway
Cute old school theater in adorable neighborhood.