La Borinqueña Mexicatessen was a small, family-run Mexican delicatessen, spanning 71 years and three generations. Forced to relocate twice because of freeways, it was a mainstay in the neighborhood until 2015. Famous for their tamales, people would return to buy them even after they had moved from the area.
Oakland’s first Latino Barrio
Tina Tamale: Guardian of cultural heritage
On cobblestoned La Siete
You might have noticed that 7th St. is unusually wide. This is because the railroad ran down 7th St.; there’s an old train station a few blocks east. Oakland was the terminus of the first transcontinental railroad. To continue west, passengers would take the train to a pier in West Oakland and catch a ferryboat.
Depending on the state of the pavement, you may spot the older cobblestone pavement peeking through.