Archive for the ‘west oakland’ Category

The Pretty Lady

There are no tables at The Pretty Lady, just one big, horseshoe-shaped counter with the kind of wooden chairs that are attached to the floor by rotating pole. There are three pretty ladies of The Pretty Lady, but the one who will take your order, who I believe is named Sung, is funny and dry and will give you a fist bump on your way out.

I had a very good salad and a perfectly acceptable fish sandwich, but my friend and I were coveting our neighbor’s chili fries.

18th and Peralta, West Oakland. Check it out.


Occupying the Port

Trinity Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Lana Stefanac has the easygoing warmth and kindness I’ve come to expect from people who could literally crush me with one hand. Her new space in West Oakland is equally friendly and inviting. Check out their great kids classes taught by the inimitable Keebler.

Trinity is conveniently right across from West Oakland BART, and a block from Revolution Cafe, where you can go after for $1 coffee.

City Slicker Farms

City Slicker Farms provides support and materials for West Oaklanders who want to grow their own food. They also turn vacant lots into productive mini-farms, and distribute the products of these gardens back into the community. And they’re about to get bigger.

(photo from City Slicker website)

Oakland Black Cowboy Association

I still remember when they visited my elementary school. Nothing improves a cement OUSD playground like horses.

(photo Britany M from

The Oakland Black Cowboy Association. We just missed this year’s parade.