Get a taste of Telegraph Avenue

Charity Ferreira,  – December 7, 2005

East Bay tastemakers are flocking to Oakland’s Telegraph Avenue,spawning a unique, vibrant neighborhood that’s lately become ahaven for Alice Waters disciples and foodies in general. Home tosome of Oakland’s oldest businesses, the Temescal area feels bothestablished and fresh, thanks to the ever-changing influences ofits diverse population. Come for the global cuisine ― fromMoroccan to Korean to eclectic contemporary ― and stickaround to explore a few one-of-a-kind retail shops.

Temescal Cafe.
A friendly, funky neighborhood spot to sip a latteor a glass of wine while you watch the world go by. WHEN: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. HOW MUCH: $. Where: 4920 Telegraph Ave.; 510/595-4102.

Porch Light Antiques.
Vintage and new treasures, furniture, and kitchenaccessories. WHEN: 11-6 Tue-Sat, 12-6 Sun. Where: 5026 Telegraph Ave.; 510/597-0588.

Article Pract.
This knitting store is so cool, you might beinspired to sign up for a class. WHEN: Open Tue-Sun. HOW MUCH: Classes from $25. Where: 5010 Telegraph Ave.; or510/595-7875.

Boontling Gallery.
A community gallery dedicated to fledgling andestablished artists, many of them local. When: 12-5 Sat-Sun, Mon-Fri by appointment (call707/980-1060). Where: 4224 Telegraph Ave.

Bakesale Betty.
The dream of a former Chez Panisse cook, thiscorner shop offers big homey sweets, plus some cafe-style lunchitems. WHEN: 7-4 Mon-Sat, 7-2 Sun. Where: 5098 Telegraph Ave.; 510/985-1213.

Doña Tomás.
Upscale Mexican with California sensibilities.Check out the swanky bar area. WHEN: Dinner Tue-Sat. How Much: $$. Where: 5004 Telegraph Ave.; 510/450-0522.

Ethereally thin, crispy wood-fired pizza at adestination restaurant opened by a Chez Panisse alum. WHEN: Dinner Tue-Sat. How Much: $$. Where: 5008 Telegraph Ave.; 510/652-4888.

Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub.
Excellent New York-style pies in a low-keysetting. WHEN: Lunch and dinner daily. How Much: $$. Where: 4799 Telegraph Ave.; 510/653-5350.

INFO: Telegraph Ave. runs from Oakland to Berkeley; theTemescal shopping area is between 42nd and 51st Streets.

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