Calavera: Oaxacan Focused Mexican in the East Bay
If you're craving some flavor packed Oaxacan-focused Mexican head to Uptown Oakland and check out Calavera. The restaurant by chef Christian Irabien is quickly gaining a reputation as the spot to go for traditionally prepared fare of both the gringo-friendly variety (think ceviche and handmade tortillas), but also for more adventurous dishes like the guacamole with chapulinas (grasshoppers). These insects, which are known for being protein packed, are served seasoned and toasted and meant to be eaten by dipping them into the guacamole. If eating a grasshopper is a dare, wash it down with a tequila or mescal shot chosen from a menu that is more than 150 bottles long. There are also margaritas, craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. The dining room is equally appealing with high ceilings and lots of wood and leather to create a refined pub look. Dine on the outdoor patio when the weather cooperates.
By Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
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2337 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Sun 10am - 10pm
Tue - Thur 11am - 10pm
Fri 11am - 11pm
Sat 10am - 11pm