Photo by Melati Citrawireja
Chef Nelson German of alaMar.
This Friday marks the start of Oakland’s ninth annual Restaurant Week. From Jan. 11-20, select Oakland eateries are offering special restaurant week deals on prix-fixe menus ranging in price from $10 to $70. These are my picks for the best restaurant week deals on offer this year. New restaurant deals are constantly being added, so check the Oakland Restaurant Week website for the latest.
Plus, Oakland Restaurant Week is partnering this year with the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Some restaurants are donating a portion of restaurant week proceeds to the food bank, and all restaurant week customers are encouraged to make a donation. The food bank will use the proceeds to distribute fresh food and alleviate child hunger in schools and the greater community. To view more information about participants or to donate, visit OaklandRestaurantWeek.org.
Chop Bar (247 4th St.) is offering a three-course dinner with a glass of Urban Legend Wine Company tap wine for $30. For starters, choose from an arugula salad with Point Reyes blue cheese, candied walnuts, and fruit, or the soup du jour. For mains, choices include meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and trotter gravy, polenta with smoked pork shoulder and Brussels sprouts, or veggie pasta with goat cheese. For dessert, choose between banana rum chocolate chip bread pudding or a fruit crisp. This deal offers some serious savings; the meatloaf entreé will normally run you $22, and the salad will run you $12.
Clove & Hoof
For $20, Clove & Hoof (4001 Broadway) is offering its famous cheesesteak, made with thinly sliced sirloin, onion confit, mushrooms, matchstick-cut turnips, and a warm beer cheese fondue on a hero roll. The deal also includes beef tallow French fries, a chocolate chip cookie, and a restaurant week-exclusive rosemary Meyer lemonade. The cheesesteak and fries alone would normally cost $20, so you’re essentially getting the lemonade and cookie at no extra cost.
Copper Spoon (4031 Broadway) is offering an exciting $40 three-course dinner menu with plenty of choices. After an amuse bouche, choose from three appetizers: roasted garlic hummus with homemade pita chips, chicory Caesar salad, or bean and kale soup. For mains, go for crab and shrimp gumbo with jalapeño cornbread and strawberry-persimmon jam, or choose honey-smoked glazed chicken with lentil-eggplant purée and a grilled persimmon-celery root salad dressed with chimichurri. There’s also peanut tempeh mafe with black eyed peas and chickpea croquettes. But dessert may be the hardest choice of all. You’ll have to decide between chai tea shortbread cookies with hot cinnamon milk, rosemary olive oil cake, or vegan coconut ice cream with pomegranate syrup. Copper Spoon’s entreés typically run $22-27 and salads run $12-14, so three courses for $40 looks like a good deal.
This year, alaMar (101 Grand Ave., Ste. 111) is offering deals for every time of day. For lunch, Tuesday through Friday, the $10 deal includes your choice of fish tacos or chicken tostadas, both served with a mixed greens salad and soft drink. Or head over on a weekend for brunch. For $20, you’ll get a pineapple mimosa, plus your choice of red velvet pancakes with wings or a fried oyster hash with poached egg. The deal also includes a side of sweet plantains, lemon pepper spiral fries, or andouille sausage. Or for dinner (excluding Saturday, Jan. 19), there’s a $30 two-course menu. Start with shrimp sopes or wings. Entrées include chicken with mango salsa or oxtails with rice, black beans and plantains, or shrimp with crema criolla sauce, potatoes, and chorizo. Brunch is a particularly good value; the pancakes with wings normally cost $13, and the lemon pepper fries typically cost $8, so you’re saving a little money and getting a mimosa, too.
Waterfront biergarten and German restaurant Brotzeit Lokal (1000 Embarcadero) is offering a $10 lunch deal that includes a sausage with fries or salad, or a lunch salad topped with potatoes, bacon, egg, and avocado. Or there’s a $40 dinner prix fixe that includes your choice of appetizer (including potato pancakes), an entrée (think goulash or a game sausage platter), and dessert (apple strudel or bread pudding, anyone?), plus a signature cocktail. If you order the prix fixe dinner on Saturday, Jan. 12, Brotzeit will donate a portion of those proceeds to the food bank. There’ll also be live music that night for diners to enjoy.
Correction: The original version of this report misstated the prix fixe dinner at alaMar. It's $30, not $40.