Oakland Voices correspondents compiled a list of their favorite places to eat in East Oakland, ranging from fresh donuts to birria – goat stew. The restaurants and taco trucks will take you on a tour of International Boulevard. All are single $ — meaning inexpensive. Some take cash only. All are mouth-watering.
Here you go and happy eating.
Fairway Park Donuts
Some mornings you need a donut loaded with sugar and a plain cup of coffee for less than $3 (cash only, please). Fairway Park donuts, a mom and pop shop, has been around for ages, and it looks the part. It’s a small storefront with three yellow formica booths and it doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is, which… well, when they roll out the trays full of crispy old-fashioneds, flaky apple turnovers, and puffy donut holes, you know why you came in. They also sell Thai iced coffee and various packaged candy, if you want an extra buzz for the day.
411 E. 18th St., (510) 839-8748
Open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily/ $ / Cash only
Jalisco is famous for its carnitas, tender beyond belief.
1721 International Blvd
Fri 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sat – Sun 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM / $/ Credit cards accepted
El Potrillo inside the 400 Club
The best birria (spicy goat stew) in Oakland. Also delicious braised goat meat served in salsa or just the meat with rice and beans.
400 29th Ave. (510) 261-1108
Wed. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. / $ / Credit cards accepted
Town Center Cafe – Eastmont Town Center
From freshly-prepared food like sandwiches, quesadillas, burritos, etc. to snacks like chips, candy bars, and cookies.
7200 Bancroft Suite 143 (510) 635-2233
Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. / $/ Credit cards accepted
2138 International Blvd. 510-535-1206
9 a.m. to 12:45 a.m., daily/ $ / No credit cards
Mi Grullense Taco Truck
1301 3oth Ave. (Goodwill Industries parking lot) between 12th and International Blvd.
8 a.m. to 12 a.m., daily/ $ / No credit cards
Home of Banh Mi, fresh and tasty Vietnamese sandwiches. The restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1985.
702 International Boulevard (510) 444-2500
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. , daily /$/ Credit cards accepted