2300 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
A Home for Vietnamese Street FoodIn addition to fantastic and relatively cheap food, this is where you'll find the best backstory of any restaurant in Oakland. In 2011, James Syhabout, Oakland's only Michelin-starred chef (for his Commis, on Piedmont Avenue, which is Oakland's premier fine-dining "molecular gastronomy" restaurant), opened Hawker Fare. His goal: to create a hip sit-down spot for people to enjoy food inspired by the street fare of his family's homeland, Vietnam. His location: the corner storefront where his mother ran a Vietnamese restaurant when he was a child. The food: mostly rice bowls--with amazing tofu curry, pork belly, poached chicken, Issan sausage, and more.