Core Kitchen

There are plenty of reasons why you might face a line at this counter-service vegan lunch favorite in Downtown Oakland. Kale Yeah!, Thai Coconut Zoodles (zucchini noodles) and Avocado Cacao Pudding, just to name a few. Rather than queuing up meat-reminiscent substitutes, Core keeps things real with recipes primarily composed of organic fruits and vegetables with no additives or mock-meats. That’s not all that’s commendable about this spot located steps from 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART Station: Core sources from local farms and is committed to hiring formerly incarcerated crew when possible.

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