At American Oak, an unobtrusive whiskey bar on one of the Park Street corridor's quieter blocks, Chef Gabe Cortez serves up cassoulets and wagyu burgers and wood-fired pizzas — fun, approachable gastropub fare that matches, and often outshines, its acclaimed counterparts in Oakland and across the bay. The menu, which changes each month, is a mix of updated American comfort food and French bistro fare. Stick to the items cooked in the 900-degree wood-burning oven and you can’t go wrong: beautifully blistered pizzas and roasted chicken with super-crisp skin and uniformly juicy meat. Contributing to the restaurant’s small-town charm, items from nearby vendors like Feel Good Bakery and Tucker’s Ice Cream are featured prominently.
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m.
Payment Type: Cash, American Express, MasterCard, VisaKitchen closes at times listed; bar may stay open later. Meat is sustainably sourced. Produce is local and/or organic when possible.