Located at the intersection of 98th and Edes avenues in Oakland, World Champion Smokehouse looks like any other convenience store from the outside — until you’re hit by the unmistakable aroma of smoked meat. Once every couple of hours, batches of tender tri-tip, homemade beef links, slabs of ribs, and whole chickens come out of the smoker and onto the chopping block for customers to enjoy. This family-run operation uses original recipes that their father, who grew up cooking with wood fire in Yemen, developed when he arrived in the United States. It’s a no-frills establishment: order at the register, pay, and bring your receipt over to the counter. For best results, ask the cashier what’s fresh out of the smoker at that moment. Choose one or two kinds of meat, or get a four-way combo to feed a crowd. Each order comes with a scoop of potato salad, homemade baked beans flavored with bits of tri-tip, and a couple slices of white bread to soak up the house barbecue sauce. There are a couple of tables inside the shop, but most customers take their orders to-go.

— Katherine Hamilton


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Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

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