Tired of hanging out in The Mission and wanna spend some time in one of the actual hipster-est places in America? Well then hop on the BART (if it's not on strike/broken/full of Raiders fans), and hit up one of these seven East Bay openings.
Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails
Alameda's gotten a new, huge waterfront Italian restaurant in the form of TKC with a 90-seat dining room, 30-seat bar, and 56-seat outdoor heated (thankgod) patio, from a former VP of Kitchen Ops at Il Fornaio (who oversaw 21 locations). They'll be bringing attention to localized Italian fare, and will also be heavily using neighboring St. George Spirits' for, well, spirits for their cocktail list.
Basically a shop that lets you make your own Its-It, CB's a combo ice cream and cookie shop where you can choose from 16 different ice cream flavors and six different cookies, and sandwich the hell outta them, because sandwiches are healthy. Right?
Oakland's first sustainable sushi restaurant, these guys source almost all of their fish day-of from the boats, and *drumroll* use them to make sushi burritos (very similar to a much-beloved Sushirrito in SF), including the "Holy Trinity" w/ fried oysters, prosciutto, shiitake mushrooms, pickled red cabbage, shallots, cucumber, and Racer 5-anchovy aioli. Praise Jesus.
Grand Lake, Oakland
From the guy that brought you Pizzaiolo and a Rich Table chef alum, this sexy restaurant is pairing a 20-seat bar with hearth-focused fare like bone-in ribeye with chimichurri, a raw bar (oysters from both coasts!), and lamb tartare that you need to get... your expense account to get you, because this place is fancy!
Box and Bells
From the guy behind Commis and Hawker Fare, Box and Bells is a bistro-type restaurant with a full liquor license and a meat-centric menu with edibles like this Boudin Blanc with parsley sauce and brandied apples, or the Box Burger with aged beef-fat, caramelized onion, and Gruyere on a pretzel roll.
You know that crazy-delicious Spanish dish that's made from a mix of a bunch of shellfish and chorizo? Yeah, this restaurant is devoted entirely to that (with some tapas, too), using huginormous cooking pans to cook up combos like a black squid ink with mussels, clams, and calamari.
With a kitchen run by a Delfina alum, Mock... yeah... ing... yeah... bird... yeah... yeah... yeah... has a menu that pulls eclectically from a ton of different cuisines to give you deliciousness like Moroccan roast half-chicken, house-ground cheeseburgers, or this pork terrine.
Located where you would least expect to find a restaurant, Venga Paella is holding down the Oakland Warhouse District and is serving some great Spanish-style tapas and paellas.
Their menu may be a bit on the small side but every dish is by no means small in flavor. Check out Mockingbird if you're looking for a delicious meal!
If you find yourself at Torpedo Sushi you'll also find yourself holding onto to a mammoth sushi ...err burrito. Built for speed and comfort, try one of their creations today.
If you're up to trying new flavors besides chocolate and vanilla then come to cookie bar to get your hands on flavors like "birthday cake" and "circus animal cookie". Yeah... they just went there.
Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails is serving up great wood-fired pizzas and delicious cocktails on Alameda Island, definitely worth the trip across the bay.
Penrose, located in Grand Lake, is serving up some great tapas and other small plates. They also have a fantastic cocktail bar, so make sure to hit that up too.