Chef and owner Tanya Holland, named chef of 2012 by the California Travel Association, has turned an isolated corner in West Oakland into a breakfast and lunch destination. Influenced by her African-American heritage and her culinary education in France—and using local, organic, and seasonal products—she blends sweet and savory flavors like no one else and pairs her dishes with well-chosen wines. The dining room is fresh and bright, with a long, sleek counter, red-leather
stools, and spacious booths and tables. This is the place to come for chicken and waffles.