With its bright lime-green exterior, arty design aesthetic, and excellent sandwiches, this tiny breakfast-and-lunch spot stands out in a stretch of West Oakland with few restaurant options. The centerpiece of the menu is something called the “po-mi,” a cross between a New Orleans-style po’boy and a Vietnamese banh mi that features vinegary cabbage slaw, a dab of herb-spiked mayonnaise, and thin slices of cucumber and jalapeño. The bestseller is the fried-chicken po-mi, but we’re especially fond of the one that features perfectly fried cornmeal-crusted tilapia fillets. For brunch, try the biscuits and chicken-sausage gravy (with or without a fried chicken breast on top) or the decadent “Elvis French Toast”: Nutella and chopped banana spread between thick slices of Texas toast, the whole thing dipped in tempura batter and flash-fried. Order at the counter and take your food to-go, or sit at one of the long communal tables.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Payment Type: Cash, Visa, MasterCard