Hit Crown Heights For Some Serious Poke
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, but you don't want to go to a rustic pub. (Sorry, Cheers.) Cue: Shakewell, a bright and buzzy bistro in Oakland's Lakeshore neighborhood where the service is always neighborly, and the craft cocktails and tapas are always top-notch. Inside the Moorish space with wood and stone accents, you'll be treated to plates that blend Spanish and Mediterranean flavors, such as falafel with mint and Spanish chorizo, braised pork with roasted squash, and dry-aged bistro steak with salsa verde. The wood-fired oven in the back turns the heat up, as do killer drinks like The Fairlane with habanero-infused tequila, lime, coconut creme, and cucumber.