Pulled Pork Adobo Sandwich at Cafe Gabriela – Oakland, CA

by arnold on October 14, 2010

Pulled Pork Adobo Sandwich

Cafe Gabriela has been open for around seven months and it’s a couple blocks from my office, but I never thought about going there until my friend Luis told me they served a pulled pork adobo sandwich. After I read that tweet, I immediately left the office to go get some lunch.

The adobo is cooked long enough so that the pork pulls apart easily, and flavorwise, I really liked that you can actually taste the vinegar. It’s served topped with onions and any juices are absorbed by a perfectly toasted baguette. Owner Penny Bee, who named the business after Philippine heroine Gabriela Silang, developed the recipe herself and says she’s gotten several requests for a chicken adobo sandwich, as well.

Aside from their signature adobo sandwich, Cafe Gabriela’s other menu options include a turkey cranberry sandwich and an heirloom tomato salad. They also make a point to showcase some of the East Bay’s best businesses, including The Bread Workshop, Blue Bottle Coffee, Arizmendi Bakery, and Pepples Donuts.

I’ve been desperate for Filipino lunch options since I started working in downtown Oakland in February. With Cafe Gabriela and the newly opened No Worries vegan Filipino restaurant just a few blocks in the other direction, my Filipino lunch cravings are finally satisfied.

Cafe Gabriela
988 Broadway
(between 9th St & 10th St)
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 763-2233

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Penny October 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Thank you Arnold for featuring Cafe Gabriela out here…We are humbled…


Taste Tests November 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Nice meeting you at the Foodbuzz Festival! And thanks for the cupcakes – they were delicious! :)


Ali November 16, 2010 at 10:58 am

Hey Penny,
I am so happy to hear all the good news about the Cafe. I do hope more folks catch on to supporting locally owned businesses and I would be very happy to see the big coffee names go.
I love the quaintness of Cafe Gabriela and the Turkey sandwich I shared with my friend was absolutely delicious. Keep up the great service, Penny and I do look forward to my next visit. Take good care.



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