Great news: Sarah Kirnon opens MISS OLLIE’S today (December 4th) in Swan’s Market in Old Oakland. As previously mentioned on tablehopper, Kirnon named the project after her grandmother, and the concept is a lot like the “one-stop shops” of her native Barbados. She’s launching with lunch to start, until her full liquor license kicks in.
Menu items include a chopped salad (with hearts of palm, cucumber, avocado, radishes, hen egg, red onions); Creole ham with sweet potato salad, olives, capers, and aioli; lamb patties; salt fish and ackee with plantains; and piri piri pork shoulder. Lunch specials include her famous fried chicken on Tuesdays, curry goat on Wednesdays, oxtail on Thursdays, and fish on Fridays. Can’t wait to check it out—Kirnon knows how to rock some serious flava. Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:30pm. 901 Washington St. at 9th St., Oakland, 510-285-6188.
Kirnon is going to have a nice neighbor at Swan’s Market, Romney Steele, the author of My Nepenthe and Plum Gorgeous, and known for opening Café Kevah at Nepenthe in Big Sur. According to Diablo Dish, Steele is going to be opening THE COOK AND HER FARMER, a “café, oyster, and wine bar” with her partner Steven D. Day (the farmer in the name). There will be po’boys, big salads, and some dishes that nod to Day’s Memphis roots (like black-eyed peas with ham hock). Look for an opening in the spring of 2013.
A “fish cutter” sandwich at Miss Ollie’s. Photo via Facebook.