Driving along Broadway in Oakland, California, I have driven past an establishment called Clove and Hoof many times. It’s a butchery and a restaurant with great reviews and last weekend, I decided to stop in for some take out.
While I didn’t purchase any meat to take home to cook, I ordered several of this week’s menu offerings to go. The menu changes each week and is suppose to be updated online. When I looked though, the menu was not updated; but no worries, the nice hostess read it out to me on the phone so that I could order ahead.
To start, I got their smoked pork belly with collard greens, cornbread puree, and red-eye gravy.
I was intending to get the collard greens as a side but why not get it with pork belly instead?!?! This was delicious. The pork belly was soft and tender and the cornbread puree was a interesting twist on your typical corn bread.
Also to start, I got the Beef Tongue Pastrami with crispy spaetzle, beet puree, and puffed tendon.
This is probably the best thing I have eaten in a really long time (and I eat a lot!!!). The pastrami was so tender and flavorful. Together with the puffed tendon and crispy spaetzle, this texture combination was amazing and the beet puree beautifully bound everything together. I loved this.
I cannot resist chicken and waffles – I really can’t!
This is a fish sauce caramel fried chicken, fennel pollen waffle, pomegrante, and maple syrup. The flavor of this chicken batter was amazing – it had great flavor and a perfect crisp. I couldn’t taste the fennel in the waffle, though, and wish that there was more waffle to go with the chicken.
In honor of the pig, I got their smoked pork chop with creamy polenta, pea tendrils, spring onion, rhubarb, and bacon miso vinagrette.
For the sides, this is their pork and beans with fried breadcrumbs:
Usually the beans part tends to override dishes like this but not here – the there was a generous helping of pulled pork throughout. It had a great smoky flavor too. The breadcrumbs were more of a thickener than a textural component, but probably because I got it to go and it was a while before we ate it.
And finally, their fries with pickle mayo
My friend enjoyed the spread as well and we are already planning to go back to have a meal there. For dessert, we got these two yummies to go from Craftsman and Wolves in San Francisco:
Who says take out has to be fatty and boring?? This was totally YUM!