Summer is upon us, and there's no shortage of outdoor venues to enjoy the warm weather -- especially with the surging influx of beer gardens cropping up in the East Bay. Uptown's Lost and Found is the latest addition to the Oakland scene (and check out my recent beer and sausage round up for more options.)
From the owners of the music and art lounge The Layover, husband-and-wife team Christi Vaughn and Tim Martinez debuted the renovated 9,000 sq. foot building and patio (that once housed a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration application support center) in mid-April. The airy indoor space has several communal tables and two adjacent bars for patrons, while the sprawling outdoor patio is a literal beer garden that's decorated with flowers and plants maintained by graduates from a gardening program at San Quentin. There's numerous cafe and picnic tables as well as cozy nooks that are perfect for kicking back and relaxing in the casual setting. And for customers in a more playful mood, there's also a ping pong table and bean bag toss for folks to enjoy.
Lost and Found has 20 beers on draft -- many of which are local offerings, like the 101 North Heroine IPA from Petaluma ($6) -- although they're currently limited to just beer and wine. (Head next door to The Hutch if you're searching for Southern food, whiskeys and cocktails.)
Chef Dennis Yadroff (whose previous stints include Haven, Sweet Woodruff and FuseBox) has created an eclectic menu with global influences. Kimchi deviled eggs with green garlic are an Asian fusion take on an American classic ($5), as are the light, crispy instant ramen funnel cakes or fried "Cheetos" ($4). The Bahía de Cochinos, or "Bay of Pigs" sandwich, is a nod to Cuban sandwiches with soy-miso braised pork, pickled giardiniera and mustard piled on soft loaves of Firebrand ciabatta ($12).
If a recent busy Friday night is any indication of its future, Lost and Found seems destined to become another popular al fresco spot with locals. I'll certainly be back to try more of their offerings in the coming months.
Lost and Found
2040 Telegraph Avenue (btwn. 20th & 21st Streets), Oakland [map]
Phone: (510) 763-2040
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11:30AM-10PM; Fri.-Sat. 11:30AM-12PM; Sun. 11:30AM-10PM; Closed Mondays
Facebook: Lost and Found