Rated Best Thai Restaurant by the East Bay Express in 2011, Chai Thai Noodle earns its title with a vast menu of authentically prepared dishes imbued with vibrant flavors and spices. Chai Thai Noodle's masterful and lively preparations have earned the chefs enthusiastic accolades and multiple high-fives from local press; their pork leg stew in particular inspired across-the board ardor. The San Francisco Chronicle's Carol Ness credited owners and chefs Sangchai Vatanachai and Amnouy Manyvong for making "'pork leg stew' three of the most exciting words in the language of Thai food." John Birdsall of the East Bay Express mentioned that it had to rate "among the most satisfying meat dishes in all of East Oakland," and SF Weekly’s Meredith Brody cited the stewed leg, accompanied by pickled vegetables and mustard greens, as her primary motive for dining at Chai Thai Noodle.
BERLYN’S (BGE) is an eating establishment focusing on bring healthy, nutritious, and fast food to Oakland ,CA. BGE is an upscale delicatessen specializing in a combination hot & cold sandwiches, Burgers, salads, plus specific recipes focusing on the Bay Area soul food cuisine.
California is too vast and diverse a state to capture through just one medium. That's why Oakland Museum of California combines art, history, and natural science collections—more than 1.8 million objects total—to tell the state’s story.
Organized around themes of land, people, and creativity, the art gallery showcases more than 70,000 works from the 19th century through present day, ranging from paintings and sculptures to new media. Encompassing more than 100,000 artifacts, including several thousand bird eggs, the natural sciences gallery spotlights seven particular landscapes, including Yosemite and Mount Shasta. The history gallery includes more than 2,200 objects that trace major periods in the state's history, tying together the lives of the indigenous people, incursions by Spanish settlers, and the giggling mad dash of the gold rush. In a nod to the history of Tinsel town, the interactive Creative Hollywood station lets visitors create an animation, add sound effects to movies, and forget a personal assistant’s birthday.
Forming the roof of each level, verdant gardens separate the galleries, while more greenery and sculptures beautify the museum's outdoor roof gardens and courtyards. The museum uses more outdoor space to hosts its Friday Nights @ OMCA, a family-friendly market full of live music, dance lessons, and local cuisine. Local and seasonal ingredients, meanwhile, flavor the dishes available in the museum's Blue Oak café. The café doubles as a residency for jazz bassist Ron Crotty, a founder of The Dave Brubeck Quartet, who grooves his way through jazz standards every Friday.
The waters of San Leandro Bay serve as picturesque surroundings for the Devour Food & Beer Fest, which celebrates the region's eclectic culinary scene and the talent behind its gastronomic creations. Attendees have the opportunity to chat with more than 100 visiting chefs, restaurateurs, food artisans, winemakers, and brewers while indulging in samples. In between sips of wine and craft beer, guests can visit more than 30 food booths and enjoy tastes of everything from smoky barbecue and gourmet pickles to seafood and artisan pizza. The festival also includes live cooking demonstrations throughout the afternoon, teaching audiences how to cook restaurant-worthy cuisine or tell the difference between soup and dessert sporks.
The menu at Champa Garden presents an assortment of cuisines, including Laotian, Vietnamese, Thai, and other nationalities of scrumptious Asian descent. The veggie clay pot combines two cooking methods with pan-fried silver noodles mixed with vegetables and ginger, then baked in a clay pot ($6.95)—a cooking apparatus more appropriate than the muffin tins used in back alley eateries. Lao’s noodle soup, kaow paik, is a homemade noodle soup served in chicken broth that warms the insides of any ingestor and can be augmented with chicken or seafood ($5.45 medium, add $1.50 for seafood) for a more protein-packed slurp. With all the beers at Champa Garden under $3, including Heineken ($3), Singha ($2.75), and Beer Lao ($2.75), no diner can blame the pad kea moa ($5.95)—drunken noodles—for their fragrant and boisterous company of basil, bamboo, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, chili peppers, and choice of meat.
The Terrace Room’s art-deco furnishings, elaborate ironwork, and white-draped tables evoke an elegant supper-club vibe that complements the restaurant’s classy confines in the Lake Merritt Hotel, built in 1927. The eatery’s upscale American dishes borrow influences of Cajun, French, and Italian cuisines, which chefs skillfully weave together and artfully plate to cultivate a sophisticated and luxurious dining experience. Amid picturesque murals and panoramic views of Lake Merritt, dishes parade out of the kitchen bearing local and seasonal ingredients, as well as organic touches, such at the Bison chocolate stout that flavors battered fish 'n' chips. Chicken and dumplings sate stomachs with tender meat from Petaluma free-range chickens—a tasty and humane alternative to chicken cooped up in a cubicle all day—and the menu brims with sustainable seafood, platefuls of pasta, and flavorful cuts of beef. Servers splash wine into glasses, or bring up bottles of requested vinos for those hoping to discover the flavorful bounty or Cracker Jack prize inside.