Food & Drink

7 awesome new East Bay spots (including an ice cream sandwich shop!)

Published On 12/02/2013 Published On 12/02/2013

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
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.

Cookiebar

Cookiebar
Alameda
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?

Torpedo Sushi

Torpedo Sushi
Uptown Oakland
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.

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Penrose
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!

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Box and Bells
Oakland
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.

Venga Paella

Venga Paella
Oakland
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.

Mockingbird

Mockingbird
Uptown Oakland
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.

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1. Venga Paella 229 Brush St, Oakland, CA 94607 (Oakland)

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.

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2. Mockingbird 1745 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612 (Oakland)

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!

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3. Torpedo Sushi 25 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612 (Oakland)

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.

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4. Cookie Bar 1606 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

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.

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5. Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails 2213 S Shore Ctr, Alameda, CA 94501

Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails is serving up great wood-fired pizzas and delicious cocktails on Alameda Island, definitely worth the trip across the bay.

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6. Penrose 3311 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610 (Oakland)

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.

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7. Box & Bells 5912 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618 (Oakland)

Just looking at their menu will make your mouth start watering. Their "Box Burger" is made with aged beef fat, caramelized onion & gruyere all served up on a sesame pretzel bun.

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