Intrepid Chowhounders caught the opening of KOUZINA GREEK STREET FOOD in Oakland’s Montclair neighborhood last month. The “street food” seems to refer to souvlaki and gyros, which dominate the menu along with daily specials like moussaka and roast leg of lamb. Hours are Mon-Sat 11am-9pm and Sun 11am-8pm. 2064 Antioch Ct. at Mountain, Oakland, 510-339-1020.
Back in August, Berkeleyside reported on the upcoming COMMUNITĒ TABLE. It’s now open, according to East Bay Express, serving seasonal salads, sides, and entrées. The space offers seating on the outdoor patio, and items can be selected from a case for either dine-in or takeout. Hours are Mon-Thu 11am-7pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8pm, closed Sun. 4171 MacArthur Blvd. at Maybelle, Oakland, 510-482-2114.
East Bay Express is also reporting on an unfortunate closure in West Oakland: B-SIDE BBQ from chef Tanya Holland has closed. It’s not all bad news, though. According to a note on the restaurant’s website, Holland will reopen the space as B-Side Baking Co., an offshoot of the bakery at nearby Brown Sugar Kitchen run by Celeste Scott. They will be serving coffee, baked goods both sweet and savory, and the neighboring Barn will continue to function as a music venue. 3303 San Pablo Ave. at 33rd St., Oakland.
The SF|Noir Wine & Food Festival is kicking off on Wednesday February 25th and bringing many special events to the Bay Area through Sunday March 1st. The various events will explore black cuisine, culture, and contributions to the arts during the last week of February, which is Black History Month. There is a lot you can check out here, including a special Shrimp, Grits, and Greens event on Wednesday February 25th at 7pm at Impact Hub in Oakland, with chefs from restaurants including Miss Ollie’s, Picán, and Flora. Don’t miss it! Tickets for events vary in price, starting at $10, or consider purchasing an all-access pass for $80. Locations vary.
The deli case at Communitē Table. Photo from Facebook.