Rockridge Enoteca on the Horizon!

Nighttime marketing at Enoteca Molinari

The benches and tables are in, but when will the doors open? Inquiring Minds want to know!


Notable Notes on Oaklavore Openings!

Holy opening of doors, Oaklavores~!
In the the last 24 hours the lines have caught fire with news of restaurants opening in Oakland!!
Check em out!!

Disco Volante Fever
Thanks to Lady Tablehopper Marcia G. we got filled in on the newest Uptown joint to rock Oakland, Late night Oaklavores look out!!
The restaurant will feature live music, and will serve until midnight. The kitchen is headed by Douglas Bernstein (formerly of Eccolo, Bacar, and Farallon)- Look for local, seasonal, sustainable cuisine grounded in French technique, with nothing over $20, and the wine list is by consulting sommelier Stephen Lebord. Expect lunch Mon-Fri, and dinner daily until 1am weekdays and 2am on weekends.
347 14th St. at Webster.

Cuba Libre!
CaƱa has just posted a storefront sign over the entrances to their combined cabaret/Cuban restaurant 3 doors down from the old Kwik Way by the Lake. Expect sidewalk seating for eating and dancing under the stars and sun! Speaking of the Kwik Way…

Kwik Way a la Retro
Gary Rizzo (of Somerset on College) plans to install a retro burger stand where the Kwik Way stood, albeit with two important distinctions to appease the neighborhood: there will be outdoor seating and there will not be a drive-through. Redecorating continue- more news to come!

From L’amyx to LinJia…
Marcia Lam plans to re-open L’amyx tea bar as a family restaurant to be called Lin Jia Asian Kitchen. Fun video on how to say it here.
3437 Lakeshore Ave.

More Artisan Burgers!
An artisan Burger joint allegedly named “The Flip Side” is going into the former Adam’s Burger space, with plans to include outdoor seating out front! It’s a big remodel, so expect the opening in some time…
3401 Lakeshore Ave.

Whew, I’m excited about all the outdoor planning!! In the meantime, please support your local businesses- Merritt Bakery is back!! Please do go by and welcome back to the old institution and its loyal employees!!
Happy Eating!

The Great Taco Truck Debate

Hi Oaklavore Fans!
One of my favorite things about our fair town is the bevy of muy authentico Taco Trucks to choose from!!
Many a celebrity have weighed in, from Anthony Bourdain to Bruce Aidell, but no one needs famous taste buds to know what’s good on a tortilla!
The Good the Bad and the Ugly:
My poison is carnitas – the porky fried goodness that are crisp on the outside and soft in the middle. The perfect taco, to me, is a soft corn tortilla topped with carnitas, salsa, queso fresca finished with a squeeze of lime. Don’t forget the pickled carrots and jalapenos!! The difference between juicy and greasy is a key one here, and in bad cases clear grease pools in the tacos and comes out with the first fold… Sad, as that can kill a good taco.

On to the winners:

Tacos Mi Rancho Taco Truck
1st Ave & 1st Ave Pl
(where International Ave ends near Lake Merrit)
Oakland, CA 94606
This place is GRUBBIN! There are always a few customers here, and the tacos and tortas are tasty and always on time. Mi Rancho hits the spot!

La Pinata
720 High St (at Coliseum Way)
Oakland, CA 94601
$1.25 tacos, amazing value, amazing taste!! Green onions come with your tacos, a very nice perk when you pull off the freeway for these tasty treats!!

Tacos El Gordo
4201 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94601
$1.50 tacos, saucy- not greasy. Heavy on the heat in the pickled veggies, go easy. Onions and cilantro top each taco with a round or two of radish! A little veg never hurt!!

These are a few of my favorite Mexican trucks… Anyone out there have any faves I’ve missed??
Don’t even get me started on the CupKates truck, Jon’s Street Eats and all the other food trucks- another post, another time!!