East Bay musicians Shannon & the Clams, Tina Lucchesi (Trashwomen, Bobbyteens, Cyclops), and Jesse Townley (Blatz, Gr’ups, Criminals) share their favorite restaurants in Oakland and Berkeley. (Check out their other East Bay tips here.) Collectively, Shannon & the Clams have lived in Oakland for over 30 years, while Tina has called Oakland home for 15. Jesse has been a proud Berkeley resident for nearly three decades.
- Japanese-style fried chicken and side dishes at Abura-Ya Japanese Fried Chicken (380 15th Street, Oakland)
- Authentic Laos/Thai/Cambodian cuisine (Tina highly recommends the rice ball salad) at Champa Garden (2102 8th Avenue, Oakland)
- No-frills diner food with some vegetarian options at Broom Bush Cafe (2725 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley)
- “Honest, awesome, Mexican food” at Juan’s Place (941 Carleton Street, Berkeley)
What are some of your favorite East Bay eateries?