Fresh New Dishes at The Half Orange

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Zac and I have recently been working on adding more dishes to the menu at The Half Orange that feature the pop of fresh produce, and also that are delicious vegetarian options.

We came up with a couple.

Above, pictured, is our new “harvest pancake”, a thick savory dish packed with broccoli rabe, shiitake mushrooms, summer squash and kale. We can throw some wild harvested Baja shrimp in there, if you like, too. It’s served with a sesame-soy dipping sauce that’s super addicting.

Below is a curried vegetable wrap, which highlights eggplant, summer squash, and roasted red peppers wrapped up with arugula and cucumber raita. You can also add a thick melty slice of Havarti cheese, which is a nice decadent treat.

Both of these are on the menu now, and our kitchen is open from noon to 9pm every day that’s not Sunday, to serve them to you.

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Fall Down Brown – Special Beer Night with Ale Industries, Wed, Nov 5

Not all pumpkin beers are created equal. Some taste like pumpkin pie…and others taste like smoke.

We’re pleased to announce that on Wednesday, November 5, we’ll be hosting a party at The Half Orange featuring only keg to be released this year of Fall Down Brown, the smoked pumpkin beer made by our awesome neighbors Ale Industries. Steve from AI says: “it’s an Imperial brown ale that we add 200 lbs of smoked pumpkin and some cinnamon and nutmeg to the boil kettle. Instead of a pumpkin pie flavor this drinks more like a German Rauch beer.” Naturally, we’ve got some smoky pairings in mind for this night, as well.

You’ll find bottles of Fall Down Brown in select stores this year, but if you’d like to try it on draft, well, we’ll see you here for a great kickoff to November!

PS If you haven’t been to Ale Industries’ tasting room yet, treat yourself to a visit. They’re on East 10th, a few buildings down from Restaurant Guadalajara, and their tasting room is open Friday 3-10, Saturday 12-10, and Sunday 12 until close.

Fruitvale Days

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A lot of folks I meet who haven’t spent much time in Fruitvale, or in East Oakland in general, ask me what it’s like here. Well, this photo shows what it was like today on The Half Orange patio.

Interesting note: Germans initially populated much of Fruitvale, and for many decades the town was a regional destination for its beer gardens which basked in particularly sunny weather against a backdrop of fruit trees. It’s pretty easy to picture on a day like today.