Of course the one Monday I don’t check a business’s Facebook page that I have been tracking for months, and they open. D’oh! Last week, TOAST WINE LOUNGE opened in Rockridge, on the corner of College and Chabot. Owners Heather Sittig and Kristen Policy (both Berkeley residents) have hired Peter Jackson to run the kitchen; his menu includes some Spanish-inspired dishes, like coca (flatbreads) and escabeche. Other selections include burrata with fennel pollen and olive relish; and hot dishes like spicy lamb meatballs and pan-roasted sturgeon. There are also a few kid-friendly dishes, including mac and cheese. The wine list is focused on small-production wines. There are 35 seats indoors (check out those good-looking Eames dowel-leg chairs) and 20 seats on the patio; hours are Tue-Thu 3pm-10:30pm and Fri-Sun 11am-10:30pm. 5900 College Ave. at Chabot, Oakland, 510-658-5900.
Photo from Toast Wine Lounge (Facebook).