With national attention on Temescal as a funky eating destination, restaurant owners in the North Oakland neighborhood must be feeling the pressure to charm both the locals and the occasional tourist curious about the buzz. The menu at this casual breakfast-and-lunch spot takes inspiration from the owners Texas boyhood and Georgia-born auntie, a mix of cornbread South and chili-spiked Tex-Mex. Overall, the food is tasty and plentiful, even if the kitchen sometimes loses sight of crucial details. Some of the best stuff is deep-fried, like the New Orleans rice fritters called calas. The house-baked breads and pastries are gems.
Hours: Tue.-Fri. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mon. closed
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards
ParkingChoice: Meters, Street
ReservationsChoice: Not Accepted, Not Necessary