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Five great reasons to wake up in Oakland

Jan Newberry | October 21, 2011 | Story Restaurants

Boot and Shoe Service
When Charlie Hallowell broke down a wall at his popular pizza spot, he expanded the menu as well as the space. Come early for sweet-and-salty granola with yogurt and fruit, and cazuela-baked eggs. Sip slowly on your Sightglass coffee and linger until lunch, when meatball sandwiches and pork-belly BLTs arrive. 3308 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-763-2668

Dominica Rice cooked at Chez Panisse before opening this bright taqueria in the historic Swan’s Marketplace. Her Saturday brunch menu includes her own riff on Spam, made with Marin Sun Farms pork and served with buttermilk pancakes. 907 Washington St., Oakland, 510-452-5900

Kitchen 388
Joseph and Monika Dunbar hit a home run when they opened this cheery café across from Lake Merritt, and word of their buttery “pop tarts” spread across the Internet. Pastry chef Alicia Toyooka cooked at Masa’s back in the mid-1980s, and her slightly boozy apple cake is the perfect match for a cup of the Four Barrel coffee. 388 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-893-3005

Local Café
Chef Colin Etezadi comes with solid Oakland kitchen cred, having spent time behind the stoves at Pizzaiolo and Camino. His morning menu includes ginger scones and berry coffee cake from Starter Bakery and poached eggs with prosciutto. 4395 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510-922-8249

At night the city’s Uptown district thrums with clubs and live-music venues. But lately, mornings are also looking good in this part of town, especially on Saturdays and Sundays, when chef Charlie Parker rolls out brown-butter waffles, spiced buttermilk doughnuts, and honey-ham hash with squash, peppers, and a slow-cooked egg. 2214 Broadway, Oakland, 510-444-7586


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