Portal's big outdoor patio and proximity to Lake Merritt makes it perfect for a sunny weekend brunch. All their ingredients are sourced from local farmer's markets and pairs perfectly with their wide variety of local and regional gourmet beers.
Oakland's much acclaimed Asian fusion restaurant also serves brunch. Wet your whistle with a twist on a classic with the Wasabi Bloody Mary, or show some East Bay pride with the Oakland - sparkling wine, oj, lemon, house grenadine, and gin.
The weekend specials include drool-inducing dishes like their twist on French toast, Pain Perdue (Cajun-style French toast made with baguettes soaked in a whiskey laced custard (!), baked to order, and served with red and white wine compote and fruit).
As far as eats go, you really can't go wrong with the traditional Jalisco fare, but if you can't decide, try the pozole rojo (pork hominy stew, chile seco, onion, and cilantro), the hotcakes de planatano (banana), or the huevos con nopalitos.