This past weekend, oaktownman heard from a little bird about the grand opening soiree for a new shop on Piedmont Avenue. A welcome addition, The Rare Bird exemplifies Oakland’s new craft movement, showcasing vintage, re-fashioned, and hand-fashioned art, jewelry, clothing, gift items and more.
There’s no shortage of liquor stores in Oakland. And it’s gotta be hard to compete with the sale prices at places like CVS and Safeway. But if you’re looking for a good selection and low prices, Broadway Liquors on Broadway Auto Row is a great source.
Beers go on for days and More >
Where to get dinner at midnight, and $1 PBR and Olympia cans to boot? Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe across from Emeryville City Hall (and Pixar HQ) is open till 1am every night of the week. You can’t go wrong with the comfort food they serve at this quaint diner.
They offer mouth-watering More >
Years ago, the City of Oaktown changed the name of E. 14th Street to International Blvd, as indeed it runs through one of the most ethnically diverse residential areas in the world. The funny thing is, E. 14th St was the only numbered “street” that ever made it through East More >
When the DMV asks oaktownman to get his ride smogged, he takes it to 4 Less Smog Check up on Broadway. Smogging is all they do — no frills, no decorations (except for the kids chalk-board), and no credit accepted, so have cash or check in hand (or prepare to have More >
Many consider El Farolito one of the best taquerias in San Francisco’s Mission District. In fact, it is such a Mission institution, that what a surprise it can be to find out that they operate a location in Oakland’s Fruitvale district as well.
Those familiar with the S.F. locations will feel right More >
Sitting in between the Colosseum and the Airport, the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline is a stretch of parkland that surrounds what used to be known as the San Leandro Bay. This scenic park has some interesting features both manmade and natural.
The Arrowhead Marsh is a short walk from the More >
Since 1970, Colonial Donuts on Lakeshore has been satisfying Oaklanders with tasty fresh donuts and classic donut shop coffee 24 hours a day.
Smart of them to allow Lakeshore patrons to pass through their shop after parking in the the free public parking lot, providing constant temptations for these gluttonous treats. They More >
Since 1986, Lucky Goldfish has provided Oaktowners with an outlet for exotic pets and pet supplies for fish, birds, and reptiles. The staff is very nice and helpful and the store is spaciously laid out making it very easy to find what you’re looking for.
If you need to feed your small, More >
From the outside, Mua Restaurant & Bar looks like a hole in the graffiti-decorated roll-up wall. But after walking through the cute foyer and stylishly attractive downstairs bar…
…a multi-tiered cavern of a restaurant unfolds before you.
The place is abuzz with candlelit tables and More >
Hanging out in Alameda over the years, oaktownman kept hearing the story of the inscription on this bench that sits at the end of Jackson Park, which reads “In Memory of my Dumb Friends”. oaktownman kept hearing that this bench was donated to the city by Jim Morrison. The legendary More >