bites in Oakland and Berkeley

I am a total foodie! I was raised on brown rice, tofu and carob and tasteless healthy meals.  Back in the 1970's health food was not chic or delicious. My kids joke about me  because most of my childhood memories are of my dad taking me to eat regular food, burgers, pizza or a burrito.  In fact if I had a father daughter date, he would ask me what I wanted to do and I would reply, "eat something good".  At the age of 19 I enrolled at the California Culinary Academy and worked in restaurants for the following 14 years.  I was trained to makepâté and marzipan, but find my favorite foods to be simple clean food with full flavor.  I am so impressed with the Oakland restaurant renaissance.  Here are a few of my favorite picks in both Oakland and Berkeley.  Keep in mind some menus are seasonal and may not be available at all times.

Ceviche @ Rumba al Sur
Ceviche @ Rumba al Sur
 chopped salad @ Hawker Fare

chopped salad @ Hawker Fare

 Fritto platter @ Trattoria La Siciliana

Fritto platter @ Trattoria La Siciliana

Haven chicken
Haven chicken
 poached egg and bacon salad @ Southie

poached egg and bacon salad @ Southie

 Cafe 15

Cafe 15

Bar Gelato by Naia
Bar Gelato by Naia
Zut! in Berkeley
Zut! in Berkeley
 frozen chocolate pot de creme @ Boot and Shoe

frozen chocolate pot de creme @ Boot and Shoe

 pork and grits @ FIVE

pork and grits @ FIVE

 mussels @ Hawker Fare

mussels @ Hawker Fare