The Press Box: Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe
Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe puts its own spin on the traditional American diner. Co-owned by Mike Dirnt of the band Green Day, the eatery evokes nostalgia for childhood pop culture instead of vintage Americana. The menu features an array of global comfort foods including challah french toast, tofu chilaquiles, banh mi chicken sandwiches. Read on to learn more about this diner with a twist:
“The restaurant, named after a classic Clash song, serves up classic American diner fare with fresh, mostly locally sourced ingredients.” — Rolling Stone
“This edgy E’ville diner—inhabited by a few Barbies, Barrel of Monkeys lookalikes and, on occasion, part-owner Mike Dirnt from Green Day—is très trendy for breakfast, but also does a brisk lunch and dinner business.” — Oakland magazine
“Tables and booths incorporate playful themes (board games, action figures). Good music adds a punk edge, and specials boards above the bar provide entertaining reads.” — Gayot
Souley Vegan's proprietor Tamearra Dyson uses techniques she learned from her family in Louisiana to subvert that idea that healthy, vegan eating lacks flavor. She dredges tofu in a southern-style batter that mimics fried catfish and fashions a menu that appeals to meat-eaters and vegans alike. Tofu also gets dressed in BBQ sauce in burgers and tossed in sweet and sour and green peppers. Tamearra and her kitchen staff put a vegan spin on a roster of Southern classics, such as potato salad with black olives following a family recipe three generations old, as well as mashed potatoes drenched in vegan gravy made like her mom did. The eatery's mac and cheese made with yeast-based, non-dairy cheese earned it accolades from the East Bay Express, which said that it "is so perfect a substitute to its dairy-based kin that it leaves the eater convinced it’s the real thing," while also bestowing Souley Vegan with "Best of East Bay" awards for the past five years. USA Today has also recognized the eatery as among ten great places for soul food in the country.
Brightly painted walls and block-style prints of blues musicians lend a cozy Southern atmosphere to the restaurant, where diners gather around color-splashed tables or cluster on picnic style benches as they share family-style meals or play License Plate Bingo for the last piece of fried okra.
Enjoy steamed broccoli, carrots and snap peas at Golden Lotus, a vegetarian eatery.
Gluten-free, low-fat, and vegan! It's all happening at Golden Lotus.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Golden Lotus is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Golden Lotus.
Can't stay long? Not a problem with the restaurant's take-out and delivery options.
Street parking is readily available near Golden Lotus' Franklin St location.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Golden Lotus is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Everyone can find something they like with the delicious vegetarian food at Golden Lotus.
Isn't it time you tried a meal from Golden Lotus that cuts out the meat and cheese yet is still delicious as ever?
Enjoy a delicious meat-free meal at Manzanita Restaurant, a local vegetarian restaurant.
The menu at Manzanita Restaurant also includes a number of healthy options, including some vegan dishes.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Parking spaces are available curbside near the restaurant.
The average check at Manzanita Restaurant will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
The menu at Manzanita Restaurant includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
For a little flavor to your day, head to Oakland and dine at Millennium Restaurant.
Millennium Restaurant offers a new take on healthy dining.
Not to be overlooked is Millennium Restaurant's no-charge wifi.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Millennium Restaurant has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Or, take your food to go.
If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area.
Travel by bike to Millennium Restaurant and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Lady's Catering offers a new take on traditional vegetarian cuisine.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Lady's Catering as well.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
The parking options near Lady's Catering are quick and painless.
Vegetarians should never be afraid to eat out, and the great options at Lady's Catering prove it!
Between their slices of bread, Lady's Catering masterfully creates the best sandwiches around.