The Cook and Her Farmer, a cafe and oyster bar in Old Oakland, makes straightforward California cuisine with personal touches. Get the mussels or clams if you’re a shellfish aficionado. They are high-quality, tender, and sweet, and served in a garlic and herb beer broth that’s creamy and full of oceanic perfume. If you’re not fond of shellfish, you can’t go wrong with the grilled cheese — an earthy combination of gruyère and jack cheese spilling out the sides and through the pores of the rustic, whole-grain bread, with even more cheese grated on top. It’s epic. Kennebec French fries are another can’t–miss. The service is warm and at times disarmingly friendly. With such a well-considered menu, its intimacy, and its casual Swan’s Market environment, it’s sure to secure a place for itself amongst the top-notch restaurants in Oakland.

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

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