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Southern Food Restaurant, Whisky Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Central Oakland, Oakland
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  • SFGate
    SFGateNovember 20, 2014
    Cocktails are a strength in this southern style restaurant. Stop by after work tonight and take the edge off of your day with a margarita made with bourbon. Read more
  • Stacy T.heart icon on user image
    Stacy TangJanuary 12, 2017
    Best quality Southern food in Oakland. Fried chicken and shrimp and grits are always delicious. This place never disappoints!
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 9, 2010
    Picán has just made bacon-infused bourbon drinks part of its regular menu. It's worth the short BART ride for fried green tomatoes & one of the bourbon or rye classics that your grandfather drank. Read more
  • Paula W.
    Selected as one of the 2012 Bay Area's Top 100 Bars by the SF Chronicle, in the Spirits Curators category.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveJune 8, 2012
    Food Blogger Laura of Kitchen Illiterate recommends Picán. "Favorites include the biscuits and gravy, the fried chicken Benedict, and the Picán beignets tossed with cane sugar and cinnamon"
  • Hailey C.
    Hailey CrowelJune 9, 2013
    Classed up southern food. Highly recommend the meatloaf, short ribs, and fried green tomatoes. And save room for the pecan tart!
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 9, 2010
    Some places only offer bacon-infused bourbon once in awhile, but Pican, embassy of Southern food & drink in the East Bay, has just made bacon-infused bourbon drinks part of its regular menu. Try one.
  • Marian E.
    Marian ElbertNovember 20, 2014
    Shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and the bourbon tart. Do it!
  • Jodie S.heart icon on user image
    Jodie SteinbergFebruary 16, 2015
    Not healthy but who cares. Big whiskey selection and the Mac and cheese is to die for and the fried chicken.
  • EastBayLoop K.heart icon on user image
    EastBayLoop Keep it in the Loop!April 30, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Everything is Delicious from the Hand crafted cocktails to the honey drizzled Fried Chicken!
  • Jon P.heart icon on user image
    Jon PariseOctober 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Bourbon Bacon Bloody Mary is amazing.
  • BlackboardEats
    BlackboardEatsSeptember 8, 2011
    The Crawfish “Louis” alternates between bites of romaine tossed in vinaigrette, crawfish salad in Louis dressing, cool deviled eggs, and crisp crawfish beignets.
  • Jason J.
    Jason JamesJuly 30, 2014
    Creative Californian takes on Southern moms' home cooking beloved by locals and visiting foodies alike.
  • Amy B.heart icon on user image
    Amy BJuly 27, 2016
    Fried chicken of course. Service, music, atmosphere chill yet fun.
  • Helen Z.heart icon on user image
    Helen ZhangSeptember 14, 2015
    Fried chicken with honey drizzle. Shrimp and grits. Collard greens with brisket.
  • Maria M.
    Maria MarianoNovember 15, 2013
    The Gouda Mac and cheese was perfect. For dessert get the banana cream with raspberry dessert.
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Key Lime Icebox Pie - Key lime custard, graham hazelnut crust, Marion berry red wine sauce, candied ginger.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    It may be known for its fried chicken, grits and bourbon pairings, but Picán also makes an exceptional artisan cocktail.
  • Seana M.
    Seana MickolsMarch 5, 2010
    Order everything on the menu, seriously you cant go wrong. Highly recommend the Shrimp and Grits and if you get the Fried Chicken you HAVE to spend the extra $2 for the truffled honey
  • Angela L.heart icon on user image
    Angela LFebruary 4, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    Fried chicken is out of the world @picanoakland
  • Libby L.heart icon on user image
    Libby Lee-EganDecember 22, 2015
    Get the truffle honey on your fried chicken you won't regret it
  • scott a.
    scott andersonJuly 10, 2010
    This place simply rocks. Michael LeBlanc is a creative genius. Get the jumbalaya, the hot brown, the pimento cheeseburger, and a flight of bourbon! Read more
  • Brian D.
    Brian De La TorreJuly 30, 2012
    You must try the Picán Old-Fashioned. All you need to know is that it is bacon-infused.
  • P J.
    The fried chicken & Mac n cheese are great, good portion...but $2 for a drizzle of honey is ridiculous!
  • Helene S.
    Helene SimsSeptember 28, 2014
    I highly recommend the cheese grits. I'll defiantly be back.
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Georgia Pecan Tart - Créme fraiche gelato, bourbon caramel, whipped cream
  • Ashley K.heart icon on user image
    Ashley KemperMarch 12, 2015
    Start with beignets. Order grits. Leave happy.
  • Monica M.
    Monica MillerJune 7, 2013
    The fried chicken and smoked Gouda Mac & cheese are amazing!
  • Maria
    MariaMay 15, 2013
    During brunch: the BBQ Bourbon Bloody Mary garnished with bacon and shrimp. Because why the hell not.
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pican's food is awesome. But the owner, Michael Lablanc, owes me an apology. So when you see Michael say "Apologize to Zennie."
  • Jean L.heart icon on user image
    Jean LApril 10, 2016
    Southern breakfast, coffee, .:-):-).just pick anything
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BalanceNovember 17, 2013
    Best meatloaf I've ever had! Delicious!!!
  • Jamar M.
    Jamar MooreDecember 2, 2012
    The meatloaf with sweet sauce is very good. The fried chicken is good also.
  • Mrinabh D.
    Mrinabh DuttaNovember 29, 2014
    Fried chicken with truffle honey is in my bucket list.
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    SOctober 4, 2015
    We got seated right away on a busy Friday night. Service was lacking. Our waiter could have cared less about us and might as well have thrown the check at me at the end. Food was expensive, only ok.
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanDecember 7, 2014
    Amazing bloody Marys. Get an Uber home.
  • Shalockie T B.
    Shalockie T BurgerOctober 28, 2013
    Food was excellent, the taste I was looking and.craving for.
  • Divadelta33
    Divadelta33January 19, 2012
    Being from South Carolina, I must admit the shrimp and grits were great!
  • Xian X.
    Xian XianNovember 17, 2012
    Saturday brunch: catfish w cheese grits and eggs, yum
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairApril 2, 2015
    Louisiana Blue Crab & Lobster Thermidor
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SandovalDecember 10, 2013
    This brisket dip sandwich is amazing.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HuntMay 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour prices are ~alright, but the regular menu prices are nowhere near worth the quality just yet. A+ Southern food though ~
  • Quiera M.
    Quiera MartinezAugust 1, 2010
    Pretty good food...fried chicken and mac n cheese was very good..service was crappy...the venue and music are very cool!
  • Mark M.
    Mark McGregorMay 1, 2011
    For your Sunday spiritual pilgrimage, come for brunch and get lost in a bowl of ettouffee.
  • Sondi H.
    Sondi HenryMay 10, 2014
    The Hurrican.....awesome, don't drink it to fast it will knock you back!
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Southern Fried Chicken - With Mac and cheese.
  • Les W.
    Les WNovember 6, 2013
    Try the Deep South Shortcake Cream Puffs -
  • Madeline M.
    Madeline ManogueApril 16, 2010
    This is my favorite place to eat in Oakland! Cornbread, and pecans, and fried green tomatoes...oh my!!!
  • Les W.
    Les WNovember 8, 2013
    Try the Deep South Shortcake Cream Puffs
  • Dennis M.heart icon on user image
    Dennis MuellerOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried chicken is so yummy.
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