Fresh Flavors at The Forge

I happened to be in Jack London Square with a hungry friend the other day so we decided to stop at The Forge. We were sitting on the patio by the fire looking at the menu when I realized it was Oakland Restaurant Week, so I asked about their special. They didn’t mention it or have printed copies but It turned out to be a pretty great deal, so I had to tell you about it.

My friend and I split a salad and a pizza for $20 and it was more than enough food for the two of us.  We ordered the Golden Beet Salad (arugula, gold beets, goat cheese, cranberries, red wine vinaigrette, $10), which was bright and fresh, with a perfect balance of sweet and tart.

There were lots of pizza options, but we decided on the Cauliflower (pistachio pesto, leeks, gruyere, arugula, $17). To be honest, Neapolitan-style pizza is not my favorite. This was the kind of pizza you have to either eat with a fork or fold like a taco, and I like to pick up a slice without it falling apart in my hands. But the flavors in The Forge’s Cauliflower Pizza were on point. It was vegetarian, but very hearty, with a fresh arugula salad on top, and a kiss of smoke from the sprinkle of Alderwood Salt on the crust. This was obviously a well-thought-out pizza, because all of the components went together perfectly.

It was plenty of food for two people, but if you’re extra hungry you could go with the $40 option which runs through January 21. On top of a salad and pizza, it also comes with crispy cheese curds and two drinks.

It’s been a few years since my last visit so I was happy to check it out again. I love all the discounts during Oakland Restaurant Week, but this experience at The Forge makes me grateful that we can get this food every week.

66 Franklin Street, Oakland


Christina Mitchell

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