If you’ve never enjoyed a leisurely brunch in Oakland, California, then you may be overwhelmed with all of the restaurants to choose from. Here are 5 of the best brunch spots in Oakland to get you started.

Grand Lake Kitchen

Brunch lovers would be missing out if they didn’t try the Grand Lake Kitchen at least once in their lives. It’s a brunch hotspot in Oakland thanks to its Savory French toast. Add prosciutto for the most unique and flavorful brunch dish you’ve ever tried. Grand Lake Kitchen’s rising popularity means that you’ll sometimes see a line on the sidewalk that resembles a street party. Of course, the experience is half the fun.

Hopscotch

For a fresh take on brunch, try Hopscotch for its Asian fusion cuisine. It’s hard to choose from all of the deliciously uncommon offerings on the menu. You’ll want to try something new each time you visit. Donuts and butterscotch cream, kimchi rice and shoyu eggs, and braised pork belly benedict are just a few of your options at this upscale diner in Uptown Oakland.

Portal

Portal was named the best restaurant and open air beer garden in Oakland, California. Everything is made with fresh ingredients and you’ll find some of the best brews around on their beer menu. Many people go to Portal for the beer and cocktails with dinner, but the weekday brunch menu draws its own loyal crowd. Try the chilaquiles with eggs, tortilla chips, tomato salsa, salsa fresca, queso fresco, guacamole, and sour cream. You’ll find classic salads, burgers, sandwiches, and more on the brunch menu. Top off your brunch with one of Portal’s refreshing mimosas.

Chop Bar

The Chop Bar is a neighborhood favorite brunch spot in Oakland. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course, their famous weekend brunch. Guests will feel welcome in the eco-friendly atmosphere that was designed using recycled and reclaimed materials. The restaurant promotes the community by featuring local art as decor. You won’t just enjoy the atmosphere. You’re going to love the food! With plenty of egg dishes to choose from, pork banh mi, housemade trout gravlax, granola with yogurt, salads, and sandwiches, you’ll find something on the menu for everyone. Make the Chop Bar, a restaurant that’s known for giving back to the local community, one of your next brunch stops.

Aunt Mary’s Cafe

Aunt Mary’s Cafe is Southern comfort food at its finest. The name of the restaurant is a tribute to the owner’s aunt, a great Southern cook and remarkable woman. The restaurant strives to bring creative revisions of American comfort food that utilize fresh, local ingredients and sustainable sources. The menu emphasizes Southern, Southwestern, and Texas cuisine. Something new is always being added to the menu so you’ll always have a fresh option to try for a weekend brunch. Southern bubble and squeak, buttermilk biscuits and cream sage gravy, huevos benedictos, and pecan ricotta pancakes are just a few of the mouthwatering dishes at Aunt Mary’s Cafe.

Now you know some of the best brunch spots to check out in Oakland. Once you decide where to go, then it’s up to you to figure out what you’ll order. You’re going to have to go back more than once to these brunch spots. There are just too many exciting options on the menus.

By: Fred Geonetta

Frederick J. Geonetta is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law. His legal practice is entirely devoted to litigation. Mr. Geonetta has spent the past 25 years in private practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants who have been harmed or wronged by the actions of others or who have been falsely accused of causing harm to others. He represents clients across the U.S. and international clients who seek U.S. legal advice or representation.