Clove and Hoof maintained the old Temesal Produce Market sign (photo credit: l'OAKavore)

Clove and Hoof has kept the old Temescal Produce Market sign at the corner of 40th & Broadway (photo credit: l’OAKavore)

Clove and Hoof, a new butcher and casual restaurant, opened on Broadway at 40th Street along the increasingly foodie-licious upper Broadway corridor last week. There were so many enthusiastic patrons on the shop’s doorstep the first day that they sold out of sandwiches before lunchtime. This is evidently a good time to be in the meat business.

A quick lunch isn’t the only reason to go to Clove and Hoof. This neighborhood butcher offers impeccably cut roasts, chops, sausages and charcuterie. The meats — most of which are broken down in-house from whole animals — are sustainably raised and sourced from California farms. Handsome cuts of beef are displayed like large jewels in clear refrigerators and display cases. The butcher’s workspace is behind the counter, clearly visible from every part of the shop.

Clove and Hoof is the brainchild of general manager Analiesa Gosnell, who most recently worked as a butcher at Café Rouge, and chef John Blevins, formerly of Gather and Lalime’s. Both Gosnell and Blevin also recently spent several months studying butchery and charcuterie in France.

Clove and Hoof (photo credit: l'OAKavore)

Clove and Hoof (photo credit: l’OAKavore)

The eclectic menu offers familiar comfort foods with a California twist, like the C&H Burger, made with two 4-ounce beef patties, caramelized onion jam and pimento cheese ($14), a sirloin steak sandwich made with warm beer cheese fondue and trumpet mushrooms ($15), a spicy kimchi egg salad sandwich ($9.50), and a lamb and pork meatball sandwich with charmoula tomato sauce ($12). This is Oakland, so a fried chicken sandwich is de rigueur: C&H’s unexpected version is seasoned with fish sauce caramel and Old Bay butter, served on a croissant ($13).

The friendly, old-fashioned space seats about 24 diners. Floor-to-ceiling windows with bar seating overlook the busy intersection, making it a terrific lunchtime people-watching spot. Once established, Gosnell and Blevin hope to offer cooking classes and general agricultural classes.

Clove and Hoof
4001 Broadway
(510) 547-1446
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Hours will expand to include dinner in January.

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  1. Kimba

    Now all Broadway needs to be foodie heaven is to reopen Dave’s across the street from Oakland Tech . 🙂


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