Southern food for brunch or dinner is never the wrong move, unless you’re trying to do a lot of activity afterwards, in which case, maybe think again. This place on the border of the Mission and Bernal makes fantastic chicken and waffles and eggs benedict at brunch and fried chicken and ribs at dinner. If you’ve never had fried okra, now’s your chance.
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The Royal Cuckoo
With great music and a ton of spots to sit, The Royal Cuckoo is one of our favorite places to drink in Bernal Heights.
Old Devil Moon
Old Devil Moon is a laid-back Bernal Heights bar with excellent cocktails and plenty of beers on tap.
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Hops & Hominy
Hops & Hominy, near Union Square, has strong Southern food, like shrimp and grits, cornbread, fried chicken, and black-eyed pea fritters.
Westwood is a Marina bar that turns into a party every weekend. Ride the mechanical bull at your own risk.
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Brenda’s French Soul Food
Brenda’s serves some solid breakfast and brunch food with a New Orleans twist, but it’s never quite as amazing as the menu promises.
Bakesale Betty in Temescal makes the best fried chicken sandwich in Oakland, if not the world.
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