Sup’ I am back…or trying to be. I have another review similar to this one on San Francisco. The disclaimer is that these “Hours” guides are from different sites and come from different authors.
Today I am reviewing: 24 HOURS IN OAKLAND WITH REBEKAH CAREY MCNALL OF A & B CREATIVE.
Overall I was much more impressed with this guide. Having lived in the East Bay for a couple of years I was ashamed to admit I have been to NONE of these places before. Like my other review I had a hard time sticking to the schedule, not because it was unrealistic but because I had a mini breakdown trying to navigate parking.
The first stop (pictured above) was Room 389. I enjoyed the vibe but it wasn’t the breakfast I wanted – no empanadas to be seen like the guide had mentioned. I left with a rumbling stomach.
I cheated – this isn’t a sign of Lake Merrit but it is right next to it….anyway then we wandered around the area. It is a chill spot, I get why everyone in the bay is flocking here in hopes of cheap rent.
Next we headed to Piedmont Avenue, I had no idea this area even existed. The shops are amazingly curated, I had to stop myself from buying a $30 dollar candle. We stopped at La Farine to grab a snack, I loved my cheese bread.
As an ice cream lover, I am shocked I have never been to Fentons before. My taste buds were singing.
So this is not on the guide but rather a lucky happenstance. We had skipped going to Pepples Donut Farm and headed staight for Temescal Alley. Upon finding parking, I turned to my mom commenting on the chicken sandwiches people around us were eating. Then I realized – this is Bakesale Betty, a spot I had been trying to go to even when I was living in San Francisco. How is this spot not on the guide? I have been to Pepples before and would NEVER eat that over this chicken sandwich. It was awesome – so awesome that they ran out of buns and people still bought just the chicken and coleslaw.
Soy Latte – The Cro Cafe
After Temescal Alley we were kind of done with the guide. It took us to a lot of great places but we wanted beer and headed over to Torpedo Room.
Thanks to my mom for being my hand model, my nails were not pretty that day.