Ideas for Thanksgiving & Hanukkah in Oakland

I had the pleasure of catching up with the fabulous Christina Mitchell, the brains, beauty and foodie genius behind East Bay Dish. Below are her suggestions for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah in Oakland. For the full post, click HERE.

Last week, I gave you seven ideas for Thanksgivukkah dinner at home. But what if you don’t feel like cooking? There are still plenty of restaurants taking reservations on Open Table, but you should start making plans now. Here are some options for different budgets:


 Grand Lake Kitchen. Photo by Christina Mitchell (East Bay Dish)

Grand Lake Kitchen. Photo by Christina Mitchell (East Bay Dish)

I was invited to Hanukkah Dinner last year at Grand Lake Kitchen and it was both delicious and satisfying. A few of the same dishes will be served along with some surprises on the a la carte menu: Matzoh Ball Soup, Latkes with Creme Fraiche and Jean’s Applesauce, Arctic Char Crudo (with Arugula, Fried Sweet Potato, Capers, Truffle), Roasted Bone Marrow (Castelvetrano Olives, Preserved Lemon, Parsley, Crostini), Artichokes (Gribiche, Crispy Fish Skin) and Brisket (with Mashed Potatoes, Root Vegetables, Horseradish).

576 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610


Wed, 11/28, Fri, 11/28 – Mon, 12/2, Wed, 12/4, 5pm


 Souley Vegan. Photo by Christina Mitchell (East Bay Dish)

Souley Vegan. Photo by Christina Mitchell (East Bay Dish)

Souley Vegan is hosting a Champagne Brunch Holiday Buffet on Thanksgiving. I am definitely an omnivore, but when Tina Tamale introduced me to her favorites last summer, the food was flavorful, comforting and satisfying. The buffet sounds like a great opportunity to taste lots of different dishes: Southern Fried Tofu, Mom’s Dressing, Herb Mashed potatoes, Blueberry Waffles, Baked Mac n Cheesezzz, Bomb Black Eyed Pea Salad, Pumpkin cheesecake topped with warm caramel sauce, Chocolate Pudding Topped with Cinnamon Glazed Apples and Mimosas

301 Broadway, Oakland


Thurs, 11/28, 11am – 5pm


Lungomare’s chef Craig DiFonzo is offering an Italian-inspired Thanksgiving menu, which features House-Smoked Turkey Breast with Confit of Leg and Dry Aged Rib Eye. Sides like Chanterelle, Hazelnut and Green Apple Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter, Almonds and Marsala, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Tessa and Fresh Cranberry Sauce will be served family style. Chocolate Budino and Quince and Apple Crostada are offered for dessert.

1 Broadway, Oakland


Thurs, 11/28, 12 – 8pm

$45, $20 for kids under 12

 Lungomare. Photo by Christina Mitchell (East Bay Dish)

Lungomare. Photo by Christina Mitchell (East Bay Dish)

You can check out Pican‘s 4 course “Thanksgiving with a Drawl.” They’ll have traditional dishes with a Southern twist including Cornmeal Fried Oysters, Bayou Classic Turkey Roulade and Banana Puddin’.

2295 Broadway, Oakland


 Pican. Photo by Christina Mitchell (East Bay Dish)

Pican. Photo by Christina Mitchell (East Bay Dish)

Thurs, 11/28, 1 – 4:30pm

$65, $25 for children 12 and under


Miss Danetha is an Oakland Socialite and the Director of Publicity for the Oakland Chamber's Young Professionals Committee. She is the founder of EmeryCloud, a global financial management consultancy based in Oakland and committed to seeing Oakland's businesses succeed.

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