Summer corn and cheese tamales; photo from Cosecha Café.
Due to open this Friday July 8th in the Swan’s Market in Old Oakland is ~COSECHA CAFE~ from owner Dominica Rice. Her menu will feature home-style (and affordable) Cal-Mexican dishes made with quality and local ingredients (like Becker Lane meats), along with handmade tortillas, chorizo, and pastries. Rice’s cooking background includes Chez Panisse, Eccolo, and Restaurant Soleil in Mexico City.
Cosecha means harvest, and I’m telling you, the menu is going to make your stomach grumble; check it out here. It includes dishes like pozole ($7-$7.25, with pork or vegetarian), a variety of tacos for $3.50 (including ones made with turkey with pumpkin seed mole, or grilled poblano chile and cheese), and braised oxtail in mole and papa frita ($15). Brunch includes chilaquiles with chile verde and two scrambled eggs ($7.50), menudo ($7.50), chorizo, papas, poached eggs, and handmade flour tortillas ($9), and pancakes with homemade spam ($8.50—yup, I’m curious about that one). There are plenty of sweets as well, from guava turnovers to flan, which will go well with the coffee from Roast Coffee Co. There will also be California wines and beers. Cosecha will serve breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner, Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 907 Washington St. at 9th St., Oakland, 510-452-5900.
Also in the Market is the recently opened Rio de Parras Organics produce stand—with fruit and vegetables coming from farmers Eleazar and Ana Bertha Juarez, who own a six-acre organic farm near Salinas. (Cosecha will be using some of their produce.) They also sell products from nearby organic farms, including eggs, honey, and flowers. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm.