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).

Close up of the cured mangalitsa pig prosciutto on the starter charcuterie board.

I always have to start brunch with a Bloody Mary ($10). Clove and Hoof’s version hit the spot.

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.

Biscuits and Gravy ($12) with Lardass biscuits, sage breakfast sausage gravy, chicharrones, squash chimmichurri and broccoli d’ciccio.

Sandy ordered the Chicken & Waffles ($14) made with fish sauce caramel sauce, foie gras butter, lemongrass waffle, and herb and persimmon salad with curry and smoked maple syrup.

Brenda tried the hot chop Benedict ($15) made up of smoked and fried pork chop, rainbow chard, bearnaise, egg and fermented chili vinaigrette on an English muffin.

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.

My order of Pig Face Monte Cristo ($15) with ham, porchetta, swiss and persimmon yuzu jam.

A closer look at the layers of Rosemary molasses ham and porchetta di testa melded with Swiss cheese in my sandwich.

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

One Response to Going Big with Brunch at Clove and Hoof in Oakland

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    I finally made it there a month ago for brunch and had the chicken and waffles. It was the most unique take I’ve had on that iconic combination. So savory and so punchy tasting.