What’s up, Nomsters! If you’ve never tried Dona in Oakland, CA, you need to change that! They serve amazingly fresh Mexican food made from scratch in their kitchen and they’ve even launched a breakfast menu for your weekend brunches or grabbing a quick bite on your way to work. Check out all the goodness we had!
Note: Unfortunately, Doña decided to temporarily close starting on March 26th due to all the current events going on in the world, but follow them on Instagram to keep up with their schedule and be among the first to hear when they reopen!
What you should order at Doña Oakland:
Yogurt and Granola
The yogurt and granola was our favorite dish off their breakfast menu. It’s just about as simple as it can be, but sometimes you don’t need complexity to create something delicious, refreshing, and energizing. It was light enough that you could feel great eating it after a morning jog, but still filling enough that you’ll leave totally satisfied.
Can’t go wrong with tacos, right? Duh. Everything at Doña was super fresh, and these were no exception. On the left was pollo asado with avocado salsa and pickled red onion, and the left was pescado with chipotle aioli, cabbage, and pickled fresno chiles. At $4.25 each, ordering two is definitely a good deal, and check how fat they are. Don’t miss these!
Ensalada de Doña
The Ensalada de Doña is totally vegan and had a surprising amount of flavor and texture. If you’re a fan of avocado, this one’s definitely for you. It’s crafted with little gems, jicama carrot, watermelon radish, scallions, avocado, toasted pumpkin seeds, lemon vinaigrette, and cumin salt. The salad is basically as fully loaded as a vegan salad can get, and was filling enough – thanks to the avocado – that you might not even finish it in one sitting!
With Doña’s bowls you have a choice of carnitas, barbacoa, pescado frito, pollo asado, calabaza y kale, and pollo tinga to go along with some rice, your choice of black or pinto beans, cheese, cucumber salsa, pickled red onions and guacamole. We decided to go with the carnitas, which had a pretty strong oregano flavor that was a little overpowering for our tastes, but all-in-all, the combination of flavors was on point. We also wished this dish had something to add a bit more texture to it like tortilla chips. The pickled red onions provide some of that, but having something really crunchy would have balanced the rest of the relatively soft ingredients and taken this to the next level, in our opinion.
These aren’t your ballpark nachos. Granted, sometimes those hit the spot, they’re seriously nothing compared to the nachos at Dona. Just look how colorful they are! Doña masterfully prepares this dish with corn tortilla chips, cheese sauce, pinto beans, pico de gallo, avocado salsa, crema, pickled red fresno chiles and cilantro. We promise, you’ve never had nachos that actually taste as fresh as this!