FORGE, Jack London Square’s temple to all things pizza, has added weekend brunch to their program. The brunch menu is available Sat-Sun 11am-3pm and includes seasonal egg scrambles, huevos rancheros, and of course any one of their pizzas (definitely add an egg—you know you want to). They’ve also got brunch-friendly bevvies, like variations on the Bloody Mary or the High Tide, with gin, tangerine, lime, and mint. And of course, they’ve got a great patio, so you can escape the San Francisco fog this summer and get some real sunshine. 66 Franklin St. at 1st St., Oakland, 510-268-3200.
A little birdie told me that SF’s SMITTEN ICE CREAM is going to be opening a location in Rockridge! I’ll have more details in coming weeks on where and whether the Smitten ladies will for sure be bringing their liquid nitrogen-made ice cream across the bay—it’s all unconfirmed for now since the rep for Smitten has to remain close-lipped. Stand by!
Now open in Oakland’s Dimond District is HIVE CAFE, serving Highwire Coffee and Tea, treats from Starter Bakery, sandwiches, and more (via East Bay Dish). Open Mon-Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 7am-6pm. 2139 MacArthur Blvd. at Lyman.
Also nearby: East Bay Dish mentions the opening of CAFE 3016, serving Wrecking Ball coffee, baked goods (from IndieCakes and Muffin Revolution), plus goods from Authentic Bagel Company and tofu from Hodo Soy Beanery will be in the house. Look for sandwiches and salads made with organic ingredients as well. Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm. 3016 MacArthur Blvd. at Maple, Oakland.
The patio at Forge. Photo courtesy Forge.