Note: Talk of the Town highlights Oakland residents talking about the Town (aka the city of Oakland).
Oakland is central to the Bay Area’s food culture – and is shaped by immigration and the ever changing socio-economic landscape.
I asked Oakland natives, newcomers, and other Bay Area residents: “What do you love about Oakland food culture?”
From swapping food truck finds, pho the morning-after in Chinatown, taco trucks at any hour, to conversing about the changing landscape that is Oakland with local bartenders — I find myself always connecting, learning & finding joy with food & friends in the best town on this planet.
-Annie Vasishta, West Oakland
What I love about Oakland’s food culture is the variety! There are representative foods from around the world, and they’re authentic, delicious representatives!
-Sharon Wong, San Francisco, frequent Oakland foodie traveler
I like Oakland’s food culture because everything is diverse. There are a lot of things I never thought I would try until I moved out here. It’s like Oakland opens you up to try new things.
-Matt Griffin, West Oakland newcomer, by way of Louisiana
My favorite thing about Oakland’s food culture is the innovation with traditional dishes. Oakland is home to diverse groups and as a consumer, I am greeted with the familiarity of other cultures in any dish. If I’m craving soul food I can hit up Brenda’s, for brunch food-District, and for middle eastern- Shawarmaji. The possibilities are endless!
-Ciara Swan, East Oakland native, currently in Stockton
“What do you love about Oakland food culture?”
Share your thoughts and favorite spots in the comments.
Tyla is part of the Oakland Voices 2021 class of Community Correspondents. Talk of the Town highlights the voices of Oakland residents and Bay Area residents’ experiences in Oakland.