At The Half Orange, in the heart of Fruitvale, we’re making sausages by hand from Niman Ranch pork and bacon, burgers from 100% grass-fed beef (Marin Sun Farms green label), salads from local produce and farmers market finds, and more. Now serving eight taps of local craft beer, and a selection of our favorite wines.
Currently open Monday through Saturday, noon to 8pm (open until 9pm daily starting Thursday, September 4). To order online and pick up your food with no wait, click here.
Join us on Mondays when all draft beers are $2.98 plus tax, from open (11:30am) to close (8:00pm).
hand-made sausage from Niman Ranch pork & bacon, THO sauce, house kimchi 7.95
THE HALF ORANGE BURGER
quarter pound of Marin Sun Farms 100% grass-fed beef, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, THO sauce 6.95
THE FULL ORANGE BURGER
as above, with half pound (2 patties) of 100% grass-fed beef 10.95
grilled Baja shrimp, THO sauce, lettuce, rustic relish 13.95
FRIED CHEESE PO-BOY (can be vegetarian)
Spring Hill organic cheese curds, THO sauce, pickles, guajillo jam, lettuce, tomato 7.95
PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM BURGER (vegetarian)
grilled Portobello mushroom with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, THO sauce 6.95
house made kimchi
house pickled jalapeño
niman ranch bacon
fried cheese curds
grass-fed beef tongue
gluten free option: corn tortillas
FARMERS MARKET SALAD
local organic greens and seasonal finds 6.95
French fries, housemade sausage, housemade chorizo, THO sauce, house kimchi 8.95
ENSENADA-STYLE BEEF TONGUE
served cool with almond salsa & guajillo jam 10.95
LUNCH COMBO SPECIALS
served M-F 11:30 am–3 pm
Grass-fed burger or portobello burger, fries or small salad, iced tea or lemonade 9.95
with sausage sandwich or fried cheese po-boy 10.95
Farmers market salad topped with sausage, beef tongue or cool shrimp, plus an iced tea or lemonade 10.95
BEER-BATTERED CHEESE CURDS 4.95
FRENCH FRIES made from Kennebec potatoes 2.95
MAC SALAD 1.95
SIDE SALAD 2.50
HOUSE-BREWED HIGHWIRE ICED TEA 1.95
HOUSE-MADE LEMONADE 1.50
MEXICAN COKE, ORANGE CRUSH, MINERAL WATER 2.75
HOUSE BRAND KOMBUCHA 4.95
RED BAY ICED COFFEE roasted in Fruitvale 3.95
5.3% ABV 14 oz pour $4.59
FIRESTONE WALKER, Paso Robles
5.5% ABV 12 oz pour $3.90
HENHOUSE BREWING, Petaluma
dry-hopped American style lager
5.3% ABV 14 oz pour $4.59
SPEAKEASY ALES & LAGERS, San Francisco
northern-German style beer
6.0% ABV 14 oz pour $5.50
HANGAR 24, Redlands
SARA’S RUBY MILD
English dark mild ale
3.8% ABV 14 oz pour $5.50
MAGNOLIA BREWING, San Francisco
DEATH & TAXES
5.0% ABV 14 oz pour $5.50
MOONLIGHT BREWING, Santa Rosa
west coast session ale
4.75% ABV 14 oz pour $4.59
ALE INDUSTRIES, Fruitvale (Oakland)
red ale made with a bit of rye malt
5.8% ABV 14 oz pour $4.59
ALE INDUSTRIES, Fruitvale (Oakland)
Villa Montefiori Winery
“El Take It Easy” 2012
7 glass / 28 bottle
Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, MX
Brooks Winery 2013
9 glass / 32 bottle
Willamette Valley, Oregon
RED “FIELD BLEND”
Dexter Lake Winery
8 glass / 29 bottle
Los Pilares 2011
11 glass / 39 bottle
SAN DIEGO / TIJUANA SPECIALS
The Bay Area may be the best food region in the country, but sometimes you just want something from home. That’s why we always have a few off-menu specials for our fellow San Diego/Tijuana expats.
Currently we’re making “lengua asada fries”, a take on the taco shop special with beef tongue a la plancha filling in for the carne asada. You’d think you’re back at your favorite xBerto’s, except for the facts that the beef is grass-fed and you can order the dish with a craft beer.
Headed a little farther south, we also know how to make shrimp tacos like they’re prepared at Fenix Tacos Mi Rancho and other puestas across that harbor town. We start with panga-harvested shrimp from Baja, which we fry in lard to get that authentic flavor. Ask for “Ensenada-style shrimp” and we’ll take care of you.
Also, we can make any sandwich “California style” — meaning with fries inside. We particularly recommend this for the sausage sandwich and the shrimp roll.
Originally an independent city, Fruitvale still has its own historic town center and train (BART) station. It’s one the most walkable neighborhoods in Oakland, and we also have one of the most delicious collections of restaurants you’ll find anywhere in the Bay Area.
Among the attractions within a short walk of the Half Orange and Fruitvale BART are:
Ale Industries Brewery, and their “Jingletown Jazz Room” tasting room, are open to the public on weekends. They’re just 2 blocks from us, so this makes a great two-fer for craft beer lovers.
Obelisco Restaurant was formerly known as Taco Grill when they occupied our current space. Now they’ve moved into a bigger location across the street in the BART plaza. They make delicious Mexican food from good ingredients (Niman Ranch pork, Mary’s Chicken, masa from organic corn) and serve draft beer as well.
Nieves Cinco de Mayo, our neighbor in the Fruitvale Public Market, makes artisanal Mexican ice creams in cool flavors like rose petal, curdled milk, and cactus fruit; they also serve raspados, tejuinos, mangonadas and even Tosti-locos(!). This is our recommended dessert stop after a meal here at The Half Orange. Well, this or Churros Mexicanos, a stuffed churros cart operating on the other side of our courtyard.
A block away, on International (E. 14th), you’ll find a couple of my favorite eateries that specialize in regional specialties from Mexico. La Gran Chiquita makes Hidalgo-style barbacoa, and La Torta Loca makes Mexico-City style tortas, huaraches, and more. Both restaurants are friendly and delicious.
Up 34th Street a few hundred yards, across from St. Elizabeth’s church, is a permanent food truck called Pipirin, which specializes in Guadalajara’s famous torta ahogadas. Slightly further afield, a 10 minute walk to Foothill and 37th, you’ll find Taqueria Campos, where the comida casera from Jalisco was recently highlighted as being among the best Mexican food in the Bay Area by John Birdsall and Jonathan Kauffman.
This is just a taste of some of Fruitvale’s delicious bounty — you could eat and drink well here for days and still have more to try. If you haven’t been here yet, hopefully this helps you get started!
+1 510 500 3338
3340 East 12th St #11 in Oakland in the heart of Fruitvale