Woody’s cafe (1841 Park Blvd Oakland, CA) located across from the Parkway Theater and next to Woody’s laundromat.
I had an espresso and a turkey panini:
The espresso was drinkable but I can’t say that I enjoyed it. It tasted a little weak and burnt with hints of acidity (I might have liked it a bit stronger) and it also tasted a bit stale. but it was drinkable, and I needed the caffeine.
The turkey panini was pretty tasty. The people working there were really nice and there’s currently a lot of interesting photography on the walls of signs found in oakland. during the lunch hour, the crowd seemed to be mostly people hanging out on their computers. I wouldn’t come back here just for the coffee but it’s not a bad place to visit.
cafe 504 (504 Wesley Ave Oakland, CA 94606) is a pretty sweet spot to chill. I had lunch and an espresso here:
super friendly barista pulled shots of ritual‘s lloyd dobler from a la marzocco machine. It was quite bright. I don’t taste the same fruity tones as indicated in ritual’s description, but it was bright, light-bodied and pleasant. served in a bodum polka-dotted demitasse.
I also had a salad and a sandwich. I wasn’t too impressed with the salad (though this didn’t matter too much to me) and the sandwich was good. the space inside was neat – a small kind of dark space with blue walls with a kitchen that reminded me of a cabin.
there was also a dog patiently waiting outside. I really enjoyed relaxing outside and enjoying a beautiful day in oakland.