Oakland, California is full of established grub hubs (like Brown Sugar Kitchen which has been around for nearly a decade), but a hipster foodie wave is moving into town. One of our favorite new places to snag a caffeine IV in the heart of West Oakland is Drip Line. When you first wander into Drip Line, it’s hard not to notice how beautiful the building is. Situated in an old cookie factory, Drip Line’s digs were renovated by Larson Shores Architecture and Interiors. It just so happens that Carrie Shores and Josh Larson‘s elegant design firm is located directly above Drip Line’s cute little coffee joint.
The inside of Drip Line is cozy and yet sleek at the same time with nostalgic twists and pops of modern color.
The coffee at Drip Line is awesome and the interior is definitely fun, but there’s one reason and one reason only that we popped into Drip Line twice that day.
It was because we spied Drip Line’s insane, and still warm, chocolate chip cookies made with Maldon salt. Drip Line’s cookies are so good that we’d have a tough time picking a winner between their classic recipe and the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies over at Batter Bakery in San Francisco. Why choose when you can pop over the bridge and try both?
A slight problem arose when we realized that there was only one cookie left in Drip Line’s baked goods case and that there were two of us.
Drip Line has plenty of artisanal homemade breads and pastries, but that fateful morning there was only one cookie, so we decided to split it.
As we scarfed down our cookie suddenly, out of thin air, another batch of freshly baked cookies arrived. What the what? Our circuits blew as we debated exactly how many of these ooey gooey delights we needed to cram in our pie hole. The answer ended up being just one more, you know, so the rest of the Oakland neighborhood had a chance to taste test them. It just didn’t seem right to wipe Drip Line completely out of its stock that morning.
The cappuccinos we ordered at Drip Line were beautifully decorated and made with aromatic Four Barrel Coffee from San Francisco.
Drip Line’s menu, which is crafted by chef Nora Haron-Dunning, combines southeast Asian flavors with NorCal dishes. On the menu you’ll find everything from Singapore chicken rice to Drip Line’s award winning blended burger and sweet waffles with kaya butter. Other delights on Drip Line’s menu include black rice porridge, breakfast sandwiches made with Thai chili kicap manis and even traditional breakfast burritos if you’re in a rush. As avid foodie treasure hunters, we were psyched to strike gold when we stumbled upon Drip Line in Oakland.
1940 Union Street Suite #21
Oakland, California 94607
Hours: Tuesday Through Friday 7:00am to 3:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 2:00pm
Phone: (510) 922-8270
Pricing (All in USD): Cookies $3.00, Croissants $4.75, Scones $4.00, Slices of House Made Bread and Cake $4.00, Hot Dishes and Salads $6.00 to $18.00