Celebrating five years in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, Hopscotch marries classic American fare with Japanese influences and flavors, and fries up some of the best chicken in The Bay.
The brunch menu, which like their weekday lunch, dinner and cocktail offerings changes seasonally, is full of stand-outs. Grab some friends, and share family-style, so you get tastes of everything.
Hopscotch is an Oakland classic on the outside, complete with leafy trees out front and Victorian-era buildings to the side. Juxtaposed against the modern apartment buildings across the street, Hopscotch’s two dining rooms are separated by a liquor store. The interior design falls somewhere between retro diner and shabby chic. The art is unique, with a mix of black and white photos and animals-as-war-hero paintings. Pops of color and vintage details add color and texture to the space.
For brunch, start with the donut and butterscotch cream (one per person–you’ll want your own), and order a cocktail. The Bloody Mary isn’t your average and packs a kick with a healthy dose of wasabi. The Oakland 75 is The Town’s take on the French classic, with house-made Grenadine, sparkling wine, gin, orange juice and lemon. There’s also the Wagonwheel (bourbon, maple syrup, hot coffee, sweet cream), a Classic Gin Fiz, and a rotating selection of seasonal cocktails from co-owner and beverage director Jenny Schwarz.
For mains, the Kimchee Fried Rice and Shoyu Eggs, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Biscuits can’t be missed. The Kimchee Fried Rice comes with perfectly soft-boiled eggs, while the Fried Chicken is generously breaded and slightly spicy. The scrambled eggs are fluffy, simple and perfect. Hopscotch sources their meat from Thistle Meats, a butcher shop located in downtown Petaluma. The merguez sausage, a lamb sausage traditionally from North Africa, is spicy, earthy and delicious, and all the eggs are perfectly cooked and runny where they should be.
Hopscotch was previously named one of the top 10 new restaurants in the Bay Area, and Chef/Owner Kyle Itani was named Rising Star Chef and earned a three-star review from Michael Bauer.
Room for more? Hopscotch’s signature fried chicken is available in buckets to-go!