Sons of Liberty Alehouse in San Leandro

by foodhoe on August 8, 2017

150 W. Juana Ave., San Leandro, CA | website

I’ve lived in San Leandro for 14 years and am just dizzy to see so many new places opening up! We now have craft breweries, T4 boba teashop, Liberian food from Kendejah Restaurant, Cinco Tacobar, a worthy sushibar, and now a brewpub in the downtown plaza. The kitchen is run by Chef Zack Freitas, who was the opening chef de cuisine at Commis and spent 1.5 years cooking at Manresa before that. An upscale Alehouse serving seasonal dishes with a pedigreed chef in the kitchen in San Leandro? We had to go check it out and liked it a lot. It is very cool and hip, there is outdoor seating, the menu had interesting options and best of all, the food was well prepared and delicious.

The bar offers a unique selection of craft beers, artisan cocktails & distinctive wines.

The owners were inspired by a secret society called the Sons of Liberty which was established to undermine British rule in colonial America and was influential in organizing and carrying out the Boston Tea Party. It’s a catchy name and the Americana theme is reflected in the Betsy Ross flag hanging by the entrance.

I had the sampler of the daily rotating selection of beers.

The Chicken wings ($11) came served in a cast iron pan and since Mr. K and I have vastly different heat tolerances, we got the sauces on the side (sweet & spicy gochujang glaze and sriracha lime cilantro).  The wings were just how I like them, lightly battered and fried until the fat is rendered from the skin which becomes translucent and crispy, sealing the juices within.

Mr. K can’t resist a good old fashioned Wedge salad ($11), which was comprised of two quarters of an iceberg lettuce drizzled with a bright and lively buttermilk blue cheese dressing, cherry tomato slices, double smoked bacon, and sprinkled with chives. It was well balanced and very fresh, we appreciated that the wedges were served with the sliced side up so the dressing dribbles in between the leaves and there were plenty of toppings to go around.

Our eyes were drawn to the Duck Carnitas Tacos ($14) on the menu which were so good! The duck was tender and rich, topped with a crunchy jicama radish slaw that was tossed in a flavorful lime & toasted cumin seed vinaigrette, slices of avocado, spicy aioli, sprinkled with cotija cheese, and served on nicely griddles organic corn tortillas with some pickled red onions on the side.

They use Brandt Farm Beef, which is a single family owned premium natural beef producer that is dedicated to sustainable practices. Who doesn’t like to know they are eating responsibly? The Liberty Burger ($16) comes with grilled onion (we asked for raw), and arrives open faced for you to assemble to your liking.  It was topped with white cheddar, pickles and served with burly well seasoned Kennebec Fries and housemade ketchup.

The burger had a nicely charred exterior, inside was pink and juicy and you can see the bun was nicely griddled and soft. We fought over the last fries!

Shaved Asparagus salad over bitter greens mixture of frisee and arugula, shaved pecorino and a boiled egg.

The Grilled Skirt Steak plate ($25) was graced with thick slices of tender and juicy Prime Brandt Beef drizzled with a spicy chimichurri sauce, the smashed roasted marble potatoes had deliciously crisped edges and creamy innards, the grilled broccolini still had a nice fresh crunch to it.

We only tried a few dishes from the menu which had so many things we have to come back to try (poutine fries, shrimp & grits, pork belly with grilled pineapple, fish & chips to name a few). They also serve brunch and I saw that they have avocado toast on the menu, the beyond trendy item of the moment. It’s actually so trendy it’s not trendy according to this rather cynical article.   Word to the wise: it’s easy to miss as it is tucked on the interior side of San Leandro Plaza and the parking is very competitive in the lot, so I’d say go for street parking…

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

grace August 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

i’m a little bit proud to proclaim that i’ve never eaten avocado toast. 🙂


Ahmed khan October 10, 2017 at 3:38 am

such a nice and awesome San Leandro dish and diner yummy


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