247 – Fourth St., Oakland CA 94607 | 510.834.2467 | website
I love to eat breakfast out. It is just so nice to have everything done for you in the morning. You sit at a cozy table sipping steaming cups of coffee, read the paper or catch up on email, no cooking, no cleaning, no spoiled half and half… it’s the best way to start the day. Mr. K and I are often driving over to nearby Oakland on the weekends, which has some really outstanding breakfast spots. We recently discovered Chop Bar, which is located in the industrial warehouse/loft waterfront area near Jack London Square. According to their website, a chop bar is West African slang for a roadside bar/restaurant that also serves as a gathering place for the community.
The restaurant has tall ceilings with rustic wood paneling on the rear wall, there is an area filed with small tables, a counter lined with stools, a long communal table and an outside patio that has tables and a counter that overlooks the street. According to this article in the local Chronicle the owners are about to open another restaurant in the former Miss Pearls Jam House in Jack London Square and have plans for opening several more in the Oakland area.
My favorite thing on the brunch menu has been the Chilaquiles ($10), pronounced [chee-lah-KEE-lehs], which are the best that I have ever had. Rough hewn, rustic tortilla chips fried to a crisp with scrambled eggs and sprinkled with chunks of rich salty cheese and bathed in a piquant salsa. So simple and so good!
The chips remained crispy til the end, no small feat with this dish which is basically breakfast nachos and is so often a big soggy mess. I relished each and every crunchy bite, there are chewy spots where the sauce and cheese soaked in, which made it a complex and textural delight. It was very good drizzled with hot sauce too. I’ll tell you that I wished for some rice and beans though…
Another visit I enjoyed the Pork Belly & Cheddar Frittata ($11), comprised of scrambled eggs, pork belly, cheddar, and I substituted the potatoes for an arugula salad which was brightly flavored, offering a crisp and light foil to balance the richness of the frittata.
Mr. K likes a simpler breakfast and enjoyed the 2 Eggs ($7.5 ) served over medium with home potatoes and toasted baguette
Another visit he had the Vegetable & Chevre Frittata ($10), made of eggs scrambled with seasonal vegetables and fresh herbs, and dotted with Laura Chenel goat cheese.
Mmm, we were impressed by the top notch ingredients cooked with a masterful hand. I’m ruined now by those chilaquiles, as I won’t be able to not order them for breakfast, and I totally have to return for dinner to try their oxtail poutine…