As we near the end of summer, it’s best to take advantage of the perfect weather we have in Oakland. I love to eat outside and my favorite place to do that is in Jack London Square. When it’s warm, you may also be looking to eat something on the lighter side. Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House fits the bill. Jack’s offers fresh, quality, and sustainable seafood. Eating here actually makes me feel like I am on vacation.
Jacks offers oysters on the half shell. Their daily featured oysters are $2.50 a piece, but during 3-6pm, it’s $1.50 a piece. With a mignonette sauce and a squeeze of lemon, raw oysters can be delightful. I’ll take a dozen oysters, please. A nice beverage to wash those oysters down with is a rosé.
Another fresh offering from Jack’s is their peel and eat gulf prawns with cocktail sauce. These are large and meaty with a natural sweetness.
I heard and saw so many pictures of the octopus at Jack’s that the last time I visited, I had to order it. The charred octopus with squash, rainbow carrot, potato, and pimento is a beautiful sight. You need a steak knife to get through this delicious chewy creature. The charring of the octopus not only puts a nice color on it, but it adds a great grill flavor.
For dessert, I highly recommend their croissant bread pudding. It is a warm dessert with a crispy flakey texture mixed with a creamy custard and topped with ice cream. It’s absolutely scrumptious!