Undeniably, food is a central part of Oakland’s identity as a city. From the frequenters of International Boulevard’s myriad taco trucks, to the trendy Uptown diners, to the urban mushroom foragers, we all love some good grub. There were tons of new foodie discoveries to be made in 2013. Here’s a look back at some of Oakland Local’s most popular food stories this year.

For a broad primer on local food-related topics, I’d highly recommend checking out our Mini-guide to food in Oakland.

Looking for some new ideas for a date? Tired of your go-to cheap lunch spot? We got you covered. Readers devoured these lists of cheap, good eats in Oakland:

Oakland’s food entrepreneurs forged ahead in 2013, whipping up some great dishes and destinations. Readers were particularly attracted to the stories of these businesses:

Photo by Jon Cockley via Creative Commons

Load up on your polyphenols by reading our second-most popular food story of the year about Ultra Premium Olive Oil from Oakland-based Veronica Foods Company.

Hella Vegan Eats is proof that being vegan doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some serious junk food.

Photo credit: Granate Sosnoff

Lungomare opened in Jack London Square in early 2013, bringing a bit of Italian, sans hipster attitude, to the waterfront.

Now, one cannot fully appreciate good eats without proper libations — and we all know that, in addition to its incredible food scene, Oakland is home to some pretty dope boozy operations. Granate Sosnoff visited the Two Mile Wines tasting room at 25th Street Collective and Kirby Bennett told us about the resurgence of craft beers in Oakland and the coming invasion — in the best sense of the word.

But our top food story by the numbers isn’t about mouth-watering gluten-free eats (wait, do those even exist?), an eagerly-awaited restaurant opening, or a list of delectable cheap eats. No, this year’s top food story brings it all together: food justice, public health, and self-love. While constructing your New Year’s resolutions, take time to reflect on Beyond obesity: Reframing food justice with body-love.

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