Savor Oakland: A Bay Area Food Tour
(Please note that Savor Oakland is no longer doing food tours)
I’m a travel nerd and while I don’t take extended multi-day tours where everything is organized for me, I am a fan of day tours. I also love to eat. Give me a tour that combines exploration of a city and eating and I’m in heaven! When I was in San Francisco in early April, I met Carlo, one of the owners of Savor Oakland. He and his wife Geneva run a handful of different eating tours around Oakland, which by the way is my favorite part of the Bay Area these days. I decided to partake in the yummy goodness of their Jack London Square food tour while I was in town.
I’ll just do a quickie pictorial of the tour stops but it was awesome to learn more a little bit about the history of the area and the businesses there. My Uber taxi driver dropped me off at a muni stop instead of a BART Station (weird, yes) so I ended up being late but luckily I caught the tour group while they were still at Home of Chicken and Waffles. I was pretty hungry and downed my plate in a jiffy.
After our chicken and waffle feast, we stopped by Blue Bottle Coffee, which is from Oakland. I love coffee and if you like good coffee, this is your jam. We didn’t go in but they had some of Blue Bottle’s Iced New Orleans style coffee for us to try.
After Blue Bottle, we walked to the Authentic Bagel Company. It’s a little bagel shop that was started by two brothers from the East Coast. Now their bagels are not only found just in their shop but all over the Bay Area. A true family success story!
We stopped in for a quick wine tasting at Urban Legend Winery, which is owned by Marilee and Steve Shaffer. I’m totally clueless when it comes to wine but they had some really amazing tasting wines and some award winners. If I had room in my bag I would definitely have bought some bottles but I’m definitely going to order some from them online.
Jack London: Author, journalist, social activist and Oakland son
Next stop we went to Forge Pizza, right on the waterfront, where they make artisanal Neapolitan style wood fired pizza. We had deep-fried cheese curds appetizer to start! I may have had more than my share!
Margherita pizza!! I love Neapolitan style pizzas and this was very good.
Next stop was Bocanova, a pan-Latin restaurant right on the waterfront. We had ceviche and plantain chips. Mmmm!
Then we had churros and chocolate. So good!
Last but not least stop, was Miette. A Bay Area pastry shop that has expanded all over. If you have a sweet tooth, a visit to Miette is a must.
We finished our tour with delicious macarons
By the end of the tour, I didn’t need to eat another thing. I was stuffed and I learned a lot about Oakland and the businesses around Jack London Square. My tour group was not just a bunch of tourists or travelers either. There were a few Bay Area locals which included a food-loving couple who had the day off from work, a new local with her visiting Mom, a retired woman who loves to eat and myself.
I love the couple that started Savor Oakland Food Tours because like myself, they quit their careers to travel and then decided to work for themselves. Travel had sparked this idea of food tours and now they are doing something that they love every day and at the same time promoting business in their area. Win-win for all!! You may not necessarily be inclined to do a food tour but I really do recommend trying them. You get to see the area in a different light and sample foods from great establishments at a really good price. If you’re in Oakland, I highly suggest trying out Savor Oakland.
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**Disclaimer: Many thanks to Savor Oakland Food Tour for the complimentary food tour, but as always all opinions are my own**