I’m pretty lucky with food options around my neighborhood near my Oakland apartment, and it’s getting better every day.
Clove and Hoof is one of my regular standby for a nice lunch because it’s just a 10-minute walk for me. I can always count on a filling meal from this gourmet butchery and casual restaurant, which specializes in meaty sandwiches (almost most often come with a green salad for good measure).
This spot on the corner of 40th and Broadway isn’t necessarily new, but it is expanding when it recently added weekend brunch to its rotation. My friend Brenda of Bites & Bourbon blog is also a fan of Clove and Hoof (even more so than me), so she suggested we get together for weekend brunch. Joining us was another of our regular food hunter, Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging.
The brunch menu includes some of the popular items from the regular menu, such as the panzanella salad and C&H cheeseburger. But now it has some definite brunch items including the chicken & waffles, pastrami hash, and biscuits and gravy.
They also have brunch-only specials: Michelada, mimosa, Bloody Mary, and “diner” coffee.
Of course, whenever Brenda stops by at Clove and Hoof, it always starts of with a complimentary charcuterie board from co-owner John Blevins, who treated us to a beautiful and humongous board filled with some amazing house-made items, such as coppa, and mangalitsa pig, pickled vegetables, and the most perfect foie gras.
For our actual brunch, I went with the “Pig Face Monte Cristo” ($15), which is a comforting sandwich of Rosemary molasses ham, Porchetta di testa and Swiss cheese. All the flavors melded together in a buttery bite, and it’s served with a side of persimmon yuzu jam that was like dessert with a slight vanilla flavor.
Clove and Hoof’s weekend brunch adds another dimension to this neighborhood spot (which also added a dinner menu awhile back). Everything at our table was delicious and worth trying, so if you’re looking for a satisfying brunch, make your way to this part of Oakland’s Broadway corridor and don’t worry about pigging out.
The deets: Clove and Hoof, 4001 Broadway (at 40th), Oakland. PH: 510.547.1446. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays); weekend brunch, from 10 a.m. No reservations, major credit cards accepted. cloveandhoofoakland.com
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