The Half Orange

* Kitchen open 11:30am to 9pm every day but Sunday.

* 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 to close.

We make honest food from scratch using the best local ingredients we can find. Come enjoy delicious sausages made in house from Niman Ranch pork, 100% grass-fed beef burgers (Marin Sun Farms green label), salads highlighting local produce and seasonal finds, and more exotic dishes such as our signature “KFB” — Korean Fried Buches — which features Mary’s chicken.

We offer eight taps of local craft beer, four West Coast ciders by the glass and a thoughtful selection of our favorite natural wines. You can enjoy all of this indoors or on our sunny patio. We have about 24 seats inside, and 12 outside.

We seat on a first-come, first-served basis (i.e., no reservations). While we don’t typically have very long waits for a table, if you’d like to minimize the possibility of having to wait at all, it’s best to visit us before 6:30pm or after 7:30pm. Also, while we are capable of seating larger parties (i.e, 5-10 people), those spaces are limited, so please be patient if you have a large group.

plate

HARVEST PANCAKE vegetarian
summer squash, shiitake, kale, broccoli rabe, sauces 7.95
include wild Baja shrimp 3.95

WINTER SALAD vegetarian
local organic greens, satsumas, avocados, goat cheese almohaditas, sesame seeds, ensenada olive oil 7.50
add house made sausage, grilled Baja shrimp skewer or burger patty 3.95

PLANCHA BUNS
griddle-steamed asian buns with your choice of filling under cucumber, carrots, jalapenos and tangy sauce
shiitake mushroom 6.95
house made sausage 7.95

CORN DOG TOTS
house sausage, red beet ketchup, mustard seed 7.95

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

KFB
batter-fried Mary’s Farm chicken necks in chile-garlic glaze, great pairing for IPAs & West Coast session ale 5.95

CURRIED VEGETABLE WRAP vegetarian
red peppers, grilled squash & eggplant, carrot, arugula, cucumber raita, spinach tortilla, cilantro chutney 7.95

sandwich

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
half pound (2 patties) of Marin Sun Farms 100% grass-fed beef, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, THO sauce 10.95

PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM BURGER (vegetarian)
grilled Portobello mushroom with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, THO sauce 6.95

SAUSAGE SANDWICH
hand-made sausage from Niman Ranch pork, topped with THO sauce and house kimchi 8.45

GOBERNADOR TORPEDO
grilled Baja shrimp, green and red peppers, tomato, grilled onion, red salsa and cheese on a torpedo roll 13.95

all sandwiches can be made with corn tortillas instead of bread as a gluten-free option

BURGER CREATIONS

TJ BURGER
¼ pound patty, bacon, cheddar, pico de gallo, grilled onions, lettuce, san diego red salsa and ensenada white sauce 9.95

OLD BLUE
¼ pound patty, shiitake mushrooms, gorgonzola cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, THO sauce 10.95

EL TAKE IT EASY
¼ pound patty, avocado, chicken chicharrones, cilantro chutney, havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato, THO sauce 12.95

JAY’S CHOICE
double patty, cheddar cheese, havarti cheese, niman ranch bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, THO sauce 15.95

BOSS HOG
double patty, niman ranch bacon, house made sausage, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, pickles, THO sauce 19.95

TOPPERS

free
sliced tomato
house made kimchi
grilled onions
shredded lettuce
house made pickles
cilantro chutney
san diego red salsa
ensenada white sauce

one dollar
cheddar cheese
swiss cheese
pickled jalapeño
pico de gallo

two dollars
niman ranch bacon
hass avocado
danish havarti cheese
sauteed shiitakes
gorgonzola crumbles
chicken chicharrones
fried egg

three dollars
fried cheese curds
grilled portobello
house made sausage

four dollars
grilled baja shrimp skewer

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 curried vegetable wrap 10.95

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

 

fries

SALCHIPAPAS fries, sausage, chorizo, THO sauce, kimchi 8.95

HUSHPUPPIES ground corn, sausage, chorizo, jalapeño 4.95

CHICKEN CHICHARRONES salsa verde 2.95

BEER-BATTERED CHEESE CURDS from Spring Hill Jersey cheese 5.95

FRENCH FRIES made from Kennebec potatoes 2.95

MACARONI SALAD complements Korean fried chicken 1.95

SMALL GREEN SALAD 2.50

DESSERT

GRILLED SWEET BUN stuffed with Nutella 2.95

KIDS MENU

PLAIN BURGER grass-fed 5.95

QUESADILLA 3.95

GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH 3.95

All of our food & beverages can be enjoyed in our dining room or on our sunny patio.

DRAFT BEER

GOLDEN NEKTAR bavarian-style pilsner 5.0% 14oz $4.59
8 BRIDGES BREWING, Livermore

1903 LAGER pre-prohibition lager 5.6% 14oz $5.50
CRAFTSMAN BREWING Pasadena

CAROUSEL SAISON farmhouse ale 5.1% 10oz $4.59
BAELTANE BREWING Novato

PARK hoppy wheat beer 4.7% 14oz $4.59
FORT POINT BEER CO. San Francisco

007 PALE ALE hopped american pale ale 5.5% 14oz $5.50
FACTION BREWING Alameda

RYE’D PIPER hopped red ale w/ rye malt 5.8% 14oz $5.50
ALE INDUSTRIES Fruitvale (Oakland)

PROVING GROUND IPA india pale ale 7.2% 14oz $5.50
MAGNOLIA BREWING San Francisco

BLACK ROBUSTO PORTER strong porter 6.0% 14oz $4.59
DRAKE’S BREWING San Leandro

THO MICHELADA available saturdays only $5.00

Every Monday all draft beers $2.98 + tax all day and night

CIDER

BITE HARD CIDER off-dry 5.0% 8oz $3.95
BOONVILLE CIDER HOUSE, Boonville

WICKSON 2013 single varietal crabapple 7.7.% 8oz $5.50
WANDERING AENGUS, Hood River and Culver, Oregon

FARMHOUSE CIDER organic 6.5% 8oz $8.95
SUTTON CELLARS Sonoma County, California

GRAVIVA! 2013 semi-dry Gravenstein 8.0% 8oz $9.95
TILTED SHED CIDERWORKS, Sonoma County

BARRED ROCK 2013 Bourbon barrel aged 9.4% 750ml bottle $36
TILTED SHED CIDERWORKS, Sonoma County, California

WINE BY THE GLASS

CHARDONNAY Montefiori 2012 “El Take It Easy”
Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico 7 g / 24 b

SAUVIGNON BLANC Frantz Saumon 2013
Touraine, France 10 g / 36 b

‘L’HOMME A LA VESTE’ BEAUJOLAIS Bruno Debize 2013
Beaujolais, France 12 g / 42 b

‘VELVET’ GAMAY-MALBEC Loges de la Folie 2011
France 9 g / 32 b

HOUSE MADE ICED TEA AND/OR LEMONADE 1.95
MEXICAN COKE, MEXICAN ORANGE CRUSH 2.75
MINERAL WATER 2.50
HOUSE BRAND KOMBUCHA brewed in East Oakland 4.95
RED BAY ICED COFFEE roasted in Fruitvale 3.95

BOTTLED BEER

ten dollars
Highway 78 Scotch Ale Green Flash / Pizza Port Carlsbad / Stone 12oz
Saison du Buff Victory / Dogfish Head / Stone 12oz

fifteen dollars
Mo Betta Bretta New Belgium / Lost Abbey 12oz
Imperial Russian Stout 2009 Stone 22oz

twenty dollars
Récolte Sauvage Avery 12oz
Muscat d’Amour Avery 12oz
Odio Equum Avery 12oz
Dépuceleuse Avery 12oz
Rumpkin Avery 12oz
Oak Barrel Aged Angel’s Share Lost Abbey 375ml

twenty-five dollars
Uncle Jacob’s Stout Avery 12oz
Deliverance Ale Lost Abbey 375ml
Supplication June 2012 Russian River 375ml
Supplication December 2012 Russian River 375ml
13th Anniversary Ale Stone 12oz

thirty dollars
Decadence 2011 Alesmith 750ml
Decadence 2012 Alesmith 750ml
Red Poppy Ale Lost Abbey 375ml
Framboise de Amorosa Lost Abbey 375ml
Damnation 23 Batch 069 Russian River 375ml
Sanctification Batch 006 Russian River 375ml

BOTTLES OF WINE

RED “FIELD BLEND” Dexter Lake 2012
Zinfandel-Barbera-Carignan-Valdiguié California 38

GRENACHE Los Pilares 2011 San Diego 50

GRENACHE-CARIGNAN Los Pilares 2013 San Diego 45

ACCOLADES

Now you can find top-notch sausages, burgers, and sandwiches in Fruitvale thanks to the Half Orange, where Niman Ranch pork and Marin Sun Farms beef rule the day. Artisanal fried cheese curds and craft beers are available, too, making this spot, more or less, the best.
– “East Bay Eats: The Best of 2014″ by Lauren Sloss, 7×7 Magazine, December 2014

…The Half Orange’s most triumphant creation, Korean-fried buches, which combines a popular Tijuana taqueria’s love of the chicken neck and the Korean cook’s precise double-frying technique. The result? The gochujang funk and unparalleled crunch of Korean fried chicken, plus the tactile pleasures you get from gnawing away at a chicken wing until you’ve stripped off every last bit of skin and meat. Add a cold beer to the mix, and you’ve got a match made in heaven.
– “Best Bites of 2014″ by Luke Tsai, East Bay Express, December 2014

“The Half Orange, And A Drinking Snack You Never Knew You Loved” – Andrew Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, December 2014

“The Big Eat Oakland: 50 Things to Taste Before You Die” (Salchipapas) 7×7 Magazine, October 2014

“A New Fruit In Fruitvale” – Luke Tsai, East Bay Express, November 2014

“Four Hot Restaurants to Try Right Now” – Josh Sens, San Francisco Magazine, November 2014

“The Half Orange: A great new destination in Fruitvale” – Alix Wall, Berkeleyside, October 2014

“Five Elaborate French Fry Dishes All East Bay Foodies Should Try” (Salchipapas) – Sarah Burke, East Bay Express, October 2014

DOWNTOWN FRUITVALE

Originally an independent city, Fruitvale once served as the Bay Area’s getaway destination, known for its beer gardens and vacation cottages set amidst fruit orchards and under some of the sunniest weather along the water. Centered around our historic downtown and railroad buildings (and now a BART station), it’s one the most walkable neighborhoods in Oakland. 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.

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.

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.

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