Trying to see as much as you can around the Bay Area? Grab some quick food to go in Oakland – there’s a ton of variety, and this isn’t your regular old fast food. A number of events go on year-round where many of the Oakland trucks and food stands come together, such as September’s Eat Real Festival, but most can be found at various places throughout any given week.
Quite a bit of the fast food around Oakland takes the form of Mexican joints. Fish tacos, aguas frescas, tripe tacos, horchata – the list goes on and on. Pour on the salsa, and revel in the heat. This is just about as authentic as it gets outside of Mexico itself, and the food is cheap and speedy. The taco trucks and food stands are easy to find if you look around online. Or just ask a local where the Cholita Linda food stand or Guadalajara taco truck is, to name just two.
Food stands also offer other options. Jon’s Street Eats showcases seasonal California cuisine, with lots of fresh produce in all their dishes. Grilled sandwiches, salads, fresh-pulled mozzarella, and desserts are just a few of the things served here at the different places the stand stops at different lunch and dinner locations around the East Bay. Twitter’s a good place to figure out where you can find the stand on any given day (@Jonsstreeteats).
Another option is Argentinean, which you can get at grill stands (asados) like Primo’s Parrilla. Featuring the slow-grill style of Argentinean cooking, Primo’s serves various meats fresh off the BBQ and accompanied by local produce. Think chorizo and steak topped with chimichurri sauce, with a side of greens.
For a more American taste, there are some hot dog stands around, too. Not surprisingly, they tend to be situated near universities, and tend to be open in the later hours of the evening (and morning!). If cheap, late-night munchies are what’s in order, though, a chili dog or turkey brat can be just the thing.
After all that good food it wouldn’t be right to go without dessert, but don’t worry – the Cake Ladies have got your back. Sunday means the Temescal farmer’s market and its accompanying bakery stand. Scones, cookies, and muffins are regularly for sale, but you’d be a fool to turn down a cupcake. With original flavors like Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie and Apple Molasses with Cream Cheese Frosting, these are some cupcakes you’ll be remembering for a while – if you can resist coming back for more, that is.
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