The Half Orange

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.

We are open Monday through Saturday, noon to 9pm.

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 (noon) to close (9:00pm); or on Tuesdays when all bottles of wine are $15 off.

On Thursday, October 9, we’ll be hosting San Diego natural wine leaders Los Pilares for a night of merriment and deliciousness. Taste their 2011, 2012, and 2013 reds along with some of their experimental one-offs.

plate

FALL SALAD
local organic greens, apples, walnuts,
blue cheese almohaditas, ensenada olive oil 6.95
salad topped w/ sausage, shrimp or burger patty 10.95

KFB
batter-fried Mary’s Farm chicken necks in chile-garlic glaze 5.95

SALCHIPAPAS
French fries, housemade sausage, housemade chorizo, THO sauce, house kimchi 8.95

SHRIMP “FENIX”
beer-battered shrimp in corn tortillas, cabbage, white sauce, pico de gallo and hot sauce 11.95

LUNCH COMBO SPECIALS
served M-F noon–3 pm

COMBO #1
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

COMBO #2
Farmers market salad topped with sausage, beef tongue or cool shrimp, plus an iced tea or lemonade 10.95

 

fries

BEER-BATTERED CHEESE CURDS 4.95

FRENCH FRIES made from Kennebec potatoes 2.95

MACARONI SALAD perfectly complements Korean fried chicken 1.95

SIDE SALAD 2.50

 

 

sandwich

SAUSAGE SANDWICH
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

SHRIMP ROLL
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

free toppers
house made kimchi
sliced tomato
grilled onions
shredded lettuce

$1 toppers
cheddar cheese
swiss cheese
house pickled jalapeño

$2 toppers
niman ranch bacon
sliced avocado

$3 toppers
fried cheese curds
grass-fed beef tongue

gluten free option: corn tortillas

drinks

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

DRAFT BEER

HENHOUSE SAISON farmhouse ale 5.5% ABV $3.90
HENHOUSE BREWING, Petaluma

METROPOLIS American lager 5.3% ABV $4.59
SPEAKEASY ALES & LAGERS, San Francisco

SARA’S RUBY MILD English dark mild ale 3.8% $4.59
MAGNOLIA BREWING, San Francisco

DEATH & TAXES black lager 5.0% ABV $5.50
MOONLIGHT BREWING, Santa Rosa

LEFT COAST west coast session ale 4.5% $4.59
ALTAMONT BEER WORKS, Livermore

RICH MAHOGANY west coast red ale 6.0% $5.50
ALTAMONT BEER WORKS, Livermore

EAST BAY IPA West Coast style IPA 7.8% $5.50
ALE INDUSTRIES, Fruitvale (Oakland)

BIG CHICKEN double IPA 10.2% $5.50
HENHOUSE BREWING, Petaluma

WINE

CHARDONNAY Villa Montefiori Winery 2012
“El Take It Easy”
Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico 7 g / 30 b

PINOT BLANC Brooks Winery 2013
Willamette Valley, Oregon 9 g / 36 b

RED “FIELD BLEND” Dexter Lake Winery 2012
Zinfandel-Barbera-Carignan-Valdiguié
California 8 g / 34 b

SYRAH Maison PUR “La Boutanche” 2013
France 10 g / 40 b (1000 ml bottle)

DOWNTOWN FRUITVALE

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