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Very few restaurateurs have made an impact on Oaklands booming food scene like Charlie Hallowell, the talent behind three of Oaklands popular restaurants (Pizzaiolo, Boot & Shoe Service and Penrose). This Rising Star chef, also a Chez Panisse alum, brings a dynamic atmosphere and unforgettable eats to each of his establishments. Heres what to expect at each stop: Pizzaiolo The O.G. Restaurant What youll find: A hip, bustling ambiance with tasty, hand-crafted drinks and wood fired pizzas. The pizzas often steal the show, but dont miss out on the other flavorful Italian dishes on the menu. Breakfast is also delish, including crispy croissants and pastries. Where to find it: In the heart of Temescal, Oaklands burgeoning foodie district. The MacArthur BART Station is just a few blocks away, and several bus routes run along Telegraph Avenue (check ACTransit.org for details). Boot & Shoe Service The Little Sister What youll find: Similar to Pizzaiolo, Boot & Shoe specializes in craft cocktails and wood fired pies. Looking for a bustling weekend brunch scene? This is the place to be. If youre more of a curl-up-with-a-newspaper-and-cup-of-joe type of diner, the caf portion will suit your needs. Where to find it: Along Oaklands booming Grand Avenue district near Lake Merritt. Take the 12 AC Transit bus from Downtown Oakland, or spend time walking along the picturesque lake. Penrose The Newbie What youll find: Rounding out Hallowells trio of Oakland restaurants is his third tasty hub, Penrose. A bit different than his pizza staples, Penrose is divided into four categories meat, fish, vegetables and bread. Tasty treats come straight off the grill, or raw. Where to find it: Conveniently, right across the street from Boot & Shoe on Grand Avenue!