Late Nite Eats: Episode 12 - Oakland

Welcome to Oakland

I'm frequently asked which city had the best food, and I think I’m going to have to give it to Oakland. Everything about it was up my alley, from the flavors and executions to the overall hospitality and up-and-coming mentality and vibe. The food was consistent across the board, with not a single restaurant visited serving less than great plates (can't forget to mention that the party atmosphere was fun, too!).

Where I Ate

Dragon Gate Bar and Grille: The people here were amazing, they definitely won't fail to put you in a great mood! Owner and chef Johnny Chang served great hospitality, and cooked even better food. It was a super fun environment - don't hesitate to check out the karaoke rooms!

Food sampled:

  • Three Cup Chicken: Three Cup Sauce Young Chicken Cooked in Iron Pot
  • Black Pepper Shrimp

Seawolfe Public House: Safe to say that the fried chicken sandwich here is maybe one of the best things I’ve eaten on my trip! No joke. This is a place where the food and environment is made for the public area surrounding the venue. Seawolfe chef Jason Moniz takes the classics, pays homage, and executes perfectly!

Food sampled:

  • Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich: Gochuiang Sauce, Kimchi Aioli, Cabbage Slaw, with Fries or Arugula Salad
  • Carnitas Tacos: Xni Pec Salsa, Cotija Cheese, Cilantro

Blind Tiger: Definitely one of the coolest venues I've visited! The restaurant is a speakeasy, and the interior has a club/lounge-like feel. The food is absolutely up to par, with Chef Chris Seyersdahl cooking up some amazing food (and, not to mention, their cocktails are also extremely well-done). It has been dubbed as the best late night food in Oakland, and I'd have to agree that it for sure lives up to the hype!

Food sampled:

  • Soft Shell Crab Bibimbap: Rice Bowl with daily selection of Meat, Tofu and Vegetable, Fried Egg
  • Massaman Curry Fries: House-Cut Fries, Grass Fed Braised Beef, Coconut Cream, Crispy Shallots

My Oakland Tip

Overall, this city has the best of both the historic and modern worlds. Check out it's growing arts and entertainment scenes, or get outside by enjoying recreational activities like hiking, sailing and biking. Definitely stay near the water to get great views of San Francisco and the Bay Area, and make sure to visit Berkeley as well as the surrounding wine country!

My Oakland Anthem

Tupac ft. Snoop Dogg - 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted

Miss The Episode? Don't sweat it - here are the upcoming airings of Late Nite Eats Oakland:

  • Thursday, December 14 at 10pm ET
  • Friday, December 15 at 2am ET
  • Sunday, December 17 at 2pm ET
  • Thursday, December 28 at 10:30pm ET
  • Friday, December 29 at 2:30am ET
  • Saturday, January 20 at 10:30pm ET
  • Sunday, January 21 at 2:30am ET

Photos courtesy of the Cooking Channel

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