Coffee, Sure. But Also Shrimp and Grits and Fried Chicken.

Coffee, Sure. But Also Shrimp and Grits and Fried Chicken.

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At what point does a coffee shop become less about coffee and more about sambal shrimp and coconut grits?

Great question. Really glad you fake-asked that.

The answer lies, of course, in Drip Line, a little hidden gem of a café that’s now open in Oakland and that looks like this.

You’ll enter through the modern facade resembling a garage door and start with a cup of coffee, as one does. Next thing you know, you’re looking at this menu and making a crucial decision to “work from home” at a dark-wood table.

That’s because, in addition to a great many caffeinated things, this place also offers a seasonally changing, California/Southeast Asian menu from a former Blue Bottle chef. Koji fried-chicken sandwiches with herb aioli and Asian pear. Grilled cheese on house brioche. That aforementioned shrimp-and-grits scenario. All possible here.

Get comfortable. Call a friend or a coffee date and invite them in on your little secret. Or don’t and keep it all to yourself. Just make sure to grab a Chinese five-spice croissant bun to go once you’ve decided it’s time to hit the road.

You’ll eventually have to decide that, you know.

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