One of the best parts of any vacation is trying the food. You don’t have to visit a far off country to be excited by the cuisine. Every city has its own sort of flavor, and that’s certainly true for Oakland. Oakland is known for its warm, delicious soul food, Korean bulgogi, chicken and waffles. The food is as diverse as Oakland itself, and while you’re here, there are a few restaurants you won’t want to miss.

Brown Sugar Kitchen

This popular soul food restaurant is the creation of executive chef Tanya Holland, who studied at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Burgundy, France. Here you can enjoy chicken and waffles, oyster po’ boy, or a plate of gumbo and rice. Brown Sugar Kitchen also gives back to the community by donating meals to nonprofits such as Harbor House, Summit Hospital, Beyond Emancipation, and CityTeam.

District Oakland

If you want more of a traditional dining out experience that still has flair, District Oakland in historic Oakland is a great choice. They specialize in shareable meals such as pizza, charcuterie, and small plates that can be passed around and enjoyed as a group. The walls are decorated with local artwork and the wine and whiskey list is so long you’re sure to find your drink of choice. District Oakland is also located right next to the convention center, making it a convenient option if you’re in town for an event.

Nick’s Pizza

No, not the one in New York. This Nick’s Pizza is a local establishment run by trans owner Nick Yapor-Cox as not just a pizza place but a safe zone for the LGBTQ community. Nick’s Pizza shows great concern for the community, as shown in their community meals every few months. But their Oakland style pizza is also pretty spectacular on its own: sourdough crust, fresh toppings that include foraged mushrooms or corno di toro peppers. Pizza is a great way to get a sense of the local flavor, and even have some leftovers to take back to your room with you.

Nyum Bai

This Cambodian restaurant’s name literally means “let’s eat!” But this restaurant is more than just their delicious crispy egg rolls and amok. It’s a restaurant that combines the cuisine with the culture of music, celebrating the Cambodian pop and rock ‘n roll of the 1960s. Despite the Cambodian street food recipes, produce is organic and locally grown in the Bay Area. All pastas and sauces are made from scratch in the restaurant.

Looking for more restaurants to check out in Oakland? Don’t be afraid to explore Jack London Square, Oakland’s business and entertainment district. And once your stomach is full, you can return to your room at Z Hotel, conveniently located in the midst of all the amenities of Jack London Square. Contact us today to book your room and start planning your trip to Oakland.