Although I've been an Oakland/Berkeley resident for over a decade, I'm really glad to see Savor Oakland bring some local culinary love to The Town, and share it with in-towners and out-of-towners alike.
Carlo is very personable and enthusiastic, and presents a great walking tour of the Warehouse and Waterfront districts. I especially enjoyed the iPad photos of intersections where we were standing at the time. The food and drink at all the spots is nothing short of fantastic and hopefully will present—to Oakland newcomers—that the 510 has a lot to offer.
My favorite parts on the tour were interacting with the local artisans that made their craft, like at Baia Pasta and Urban Cellar Winery. Seeing pasta being made, and understanding the economics of flour production was fascinating. That said, it was a little disappointing to walk into Chop Bar, Bocanova and Miette and not interact with the folks making their (admittedly crazy-delicious) product. I understand that they're working businesses, but it was almost as if they didn't care that we were there. Just even saying hi would have been nice.
Given the rain and some changes to our tour, Carlo was also nice enough to end our day at Cerruti Winery (where he bought us a delicious bottle of sauvignon blanc)—but honestly, I was still hungry after I left, and bought a crazy-good pork shwarma from a truck parked at Webster and 3rd St.
Over three hours we ate: a two-inch slice of bahn mi, a little salad, a small portion of chicken-and-waffles, a golf ball-sized pão de queijo, a handful of bacon-maple syrup popcorn, a French-style macaron, wrapped up at the end with some plantains, a spoonful of ceviche and a pair of small churros. And a little wine and Blue Bottle New Orleans-style coffee.
Ok, as I write all that, maybe it was mostly just my lack-of-breakfast talking there! Still, I was definitely expecting more bites, or at least one larger menu item for a ticket price of $45. (I got a Groupon and only paid $22, but still.)
In the future, I hope that Savor Oakland expands to other neighborhoods and presents folks with not only the $8.50 bahn mi, but the $3 alternative that many Oaklanders enjoy too.
As much as I really did love Bocanova's $12 (locally-sourced, organic, yadda yadda—and insanely good!) ceviche, I'm more likely to go down to Tacos Sinaloa in East Oakland and get some $3 ceviche.
Hipster Oakland gets a lot of attention—I'd love to seen some of the even more hidden sides of Oakland (Korean restaurants on Telegraph, Eritrean/Ethiopian restaurants on Telegraph/Grave, Mexican restaurants on Intl Blvd.) shared with the masses.
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