Bravo's Top Chef in Oakland
All hail that Town Biddness! Along with the recent uprising of new talent coming out of Oakland, such as the wavy harmonies of Kehlani, or this new winning swagger of The Warriors, this one might be just a bit more… appetizing!
It is well documented that Oakland is becoming a foodie destination for the entire country. Oakland is so hot right now that we had Bravo's Top Chef super juiced about filming an episode right in The Town! Shout out to Oakland restaurants for putting us on the foodie map! Make sure your belly’s calendar is free for the episode’s premiere on February 18 at 9 pm PST!
As a little teaser we wanted to remind everyone of the Top Chef alumni that rep The Town! These badass ladies are serving straight “fire” out the kitchen in their respective Oakland restaurants and they’ll for sure have you begging for more!
Who: Jen Biesty
Oakland Restaurant: Shakewell
Top Chef alums Jen Biesty and Tim Nugent’s Shakewell (funded on Kickstarter) opened to rave reviews this summer. The two were inspired by the Spanish tapas culture and hope Shakewell becomes a spot you'll want to regularly hang out in. Located near Lake Merritt the Spanish-Mediterranean fare menu is highlighted by the Bombas (think paella). But don't miss out on the fantastic brunch menu that creatively keeps the Mediterranean vibes of the restaurant front and center. Nugent ensures the desserts are ones you couldn't possibly turn down either, get the bittersweet chocolate torta and thank us after.
Who: Preeti Mistry
Oakland Restaurant: Juhu Beach Club
The Season 6 alum and former chef at Google has kept plenty busy opening Juhu Beach Club in the Temescal neighborhood. The Indian street food joint was originally a sandwich pop-up in San Francisco, until Preeti came to the Sunny Side of the Bay and joined the Oakland food renaissance. The featured item on the menu is the pav Indian style slider and comes in a variety of delectable options, including grilled green chili chicken and vegetarian. The menu is stacked with a number of other Indian inspired dishes, most of which is local, organic and sourced sustainably. Painted pink and covered in funky wallpaper this isn’t your typical Indian restaurant and definitely one you don’t want to miss.