It is the beginning of Oakland Restaurant Week! This is an exciting time for talented local chefs to share special menu delights, and also for us to dine to support the community. It is 11 days of fabulously curated pre-set menus and for a number of participating restaurants, a portion of Oakland Restaurant Week proceeds will be donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which distributes nearly 3 million (!) pounds of food per month. Did you know that 1 in 3 children in Alameda County face the threat of hunger? Please consider visiting one, or more, of these amazing establishments to sample delicious menu items like brick-pressed mole chicken, artichoke and ricotta agnolotti, and don’t forget the chocolate and chestnut cake with gelato. See our guide below to find out where to go for these must-try meals and for the menus that we are the most excited about. You have 11 days to enjoy, so get going and start this weekend!
The underrated, intimate gem on Park Boulevard, Bellanico is showcasing homemade pasta plus thoughtfully prepared meat and fowl dishes to make anyone happy; $40 per person:
Cicchetti: fresh garbanzo bean cannoli, green garlic salsa verde, toasted pine nuts or dungeness crab panna cotta, meyer lemon, tiny red sorrel, focaccette
Primi: parsley root sformato, red watercress, toasted almonds, nettle pesto or bacala mantecato tortelli, shellfish crema, bottarga, fried leeks or seared pork belly, puntarelle, kumquats, beluga lentils, salsetta di mandorle
Secondi: artichoke, bloomsdale spinach and ricotta agnolotti, chickweed crema, pecorino di moliterno or hawaiian opah, bone marrow, watermelon radish, broccoli di ciccio, cauliflower, ceci beans, shallots, pickled chile paste or pan roasted stuffed quail, black trumpets, gold turnips, cippolini, cavolo nero
Dolcini: guinness stout cake, butterscotch sauce, rosemary cream, focaccette or saffron panna cotta, pistacchio brittle, huckleberry jam, brutto ma buoni or warm chocolate, date and hazelnut pudding cake, salted caramel gelato
Known as a warm and upscale watering hole with a southern-inspired menu, Hutch offers flavorful food in a trendy and lively environment. Are you a whiskey lover? Try anyone of their 100 American whiskeys, and consider joining their whiskey club, The Royal Order of Carousers & Scoundrels. How can you not try to make it to level 6, The King’s Reserve?; $40 per person
1st course: Mixed Winter Greens. Dijon sherry vinaigrette, Humboldt Fog goat cheese
2nd course: Roasted Potato Leek Soup. Crumbled bacon, garlic chives
3rd course Grilled Pork Chop. Delta Grind cheese grits, apple-pear agrodolce
Choice of House Wine: Red or White
A casual, small plates spot in Temescal, Urbano Latino is a great place to meet up with friends for a fun evening. Try one of their lively whiskey, tequila, or wine flights to complement your meal… all flights are $2 off on Thursdays!; $30 per person
Salad: Organic Baby Mixed Greens
Appetizers: Marinated Chicken Wings or Mini Street Tacos or Angus Beef Chili Relleno
Main Course: Enchiladas Smoked Carne Asada, Marinated Shrimp, Veggie, Kobe Pork Belly, Marinated Chicken, Cheese. Served w/ Anchiote Rice, Chipotle Beans, Spanish Cornbread; or Mole Chicken Brick Pressed Boneless Half Chicken, Maple Glazed Butternut Squash, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Vegetable Suffrito, Housemade Mole Sauce; or Urbano Wet Burrito: Carne Asada, Chicken, or Shimp. Served w/ House Beans, Spanish Rice, Fresh Cilantro, Housemade Enchilada Sauce, Shredded Cheese, Guacamole, Sour Cream
This lesser known restaurant feels more like a bakery but don’t let the small surroundings fool you. The Laurel District’s Communite Table is helmed by a 25-year neghbohood resident dedicated to high-quality incredients and fresh California cuisine. Bring home a chicken pot pie to enjoy on a chilly night, made with Mary’s Chicken and topped with abuttery flaky crust, it might just be the ultimate comfort food; $30 per person:
Hard Cooked Egg topped with Romesco
Starter: Arugula Salad with Pear & Blue Cheese Vinaigrette or Soup of the Day
Main Dish: Moroccan Chicken with preserved lemon & olives, over couscous, roasted carrots; or Grilled Shrimp Risotto with winter vegetables
Dessert: Goat Cheese Cake with graham cracker crust or Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Cake with whipped cream
One of the most beautiful restaurants in Uptown, Desco is consistently delicious by merging old-school Italian dishes with contemporary and seasonal flavors; $40.00 per person:
Antipasto: Insalata di Arance Finocchi e Olive Orange salad with olives, fennel, onion, and olio nuovo
Primo: Ravioli di Sottocoste Fresh pasta filled with braised short ribs and parmigiano reggiano, finished with balsamico tradizionale
Dolce: Torta di Castagne e Cioccolato Chocolate and chestnut cake served with gelato
So many amazing things to choose from! What are you most excited to try?
For more info on Oakland Restaurant Week, go here.
For more info on the Alameda County Community Food Bank, go here.