I’ve never really explored Oakland, so before meeting a friend for lunch, I did some research to find a place worth checking out. The place I found was Cafe Underwood, a rustic cafe with breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, and many different drinks.
After consuming a perfect soy latte, my go-to drink, I ordered the ‘Pretty in Pink’ sandwich, and my friend ordered the ‘Oakland Cheesesteak.’
My ‘Pretty in Pink’ may have been one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. It was turkey, havarti cheese, aioli, pickled red onion, and fig jam, which made the sandwich savory and sweet at the same time. The fig jam created a unique twist to a simple turkey sandwich that I’ve never thought to try before. This sandwich alone will bring me back all the way across the bay!
This monstrosity of a sandwich, the ‘Oakland Cheese Steak,’ was also flavorful and filling, with heaps of roast beef, caramelized onion, provolone cheese, avocado, and aioli.
It was big enough for two meals!
The design of the cafe, complete with brick tiled walls, wooden seats and tables, and all rustic decor, created a beautiful, welcoming environment perfect for plugging into your laptop or a coffee/lunch date.
The ingredients were fresh, the staff was friendly, and the cafe had an overall great atmosphere. I’m happy I found Underwood for my brief trip to Oakland!
308 41st St
Oakland, CA 94609