Living in Oakland's Temescal Neighborhood
WHY WE DON'T LIVE IN THE SUBURBS...
(by the present owners of 541 53rd Street)
A small pedestrian walkway connects this house to Temescal's new Gourmet Ghetto.
It's a really exciting quarter to stroll and eat in...
In these few blocks are 2 Pizzerias (one upscale, one casual), an old-school Italian Deli, 3 Ethiopian restaurants, 3 Mexican restaurants (one gourmet, one casual, one hole-in-the-wall), a coffee shop, a bakery, as well as Turkish, Soul Food, and Korean.
You'll also find here the Temescal library and tool-lending library, a great independent video store, a post office, an urban greenbelt with two brand new playgrounds and a dog park. Explore further and you can find sushi at 3 am, or vegetarian Ba Bim Bop!
The house is :
one mile from Rockridge OR Macarthur BART stations
1.5 miles to Berkeley Bowl Market
2 miles to Berkeley's Shattuck theaters,
and just 10 minutes to San Francisco's Embarcadero (if traffic is kind)
THE GOURMET GHETTO...
La Calaca Loca - We almost canceled our move to L.A. when we found out that this new joint serves breakfast burritos on the weekends. We love the fish burritos and chilaquiles, too.
Bakesale Betty's - Blue-haired Betty used to be the Pastry Chef at Chez Panisse. The friendliest bakery in California has devastating pumpkin bread and scones.
Pizzaiola - Another Chez Panisse alum opened this place just last year. Our friend Gail says their calamari, seared in the 700 degree wood-fired pizza oven, changed her life.
Dona Tomas - Mind-blowing Mexican/California cuisine fusion. Try the goat-cheese quesadillas with mojito on their outdoor patio.
Genova Delicatessen - A 75-year old, family run, Temescal institution. Everything you want in a deli, right down to the joking, opinionated guys behind the counter. Don't know your prosciutto from your mortadella from your sopressa? You will before you leave.
Asmara - Everyone's favorite Ethiopian restaurant. (If you like it spicy, try Red Sea instead, a block away on Claremont Ave.)
Temescal Cafe - Known as the living room of Temescal, you can fritter an entire Sunday away with a newspaper and latte, or the wireless broadband web access. Stop by late for a glass of wine.
Lanesplitters - More casual than Pizzaiola, it's a great joint for a pitcher and a New York style pie.
ALSO DON'T MISS...
The Temescal Library (you can see its roof from the house's backyard) has a tool-lending library downstairs! It's been incredibly useful to us over the years. If you stop by, say hi to Ty and Paul for us.
Frog Park Greenbelt - It starts behind Global Video and runs up to Hardy Park, near Rockridge BART. The Friends of the Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt do a great job of maintaining it and getting grants for improvements. We used to take that walk 3 or 4 times a week.