I had a chance to catch up with Alexeis Filipello, owner of Bar Dogwood in Oakland and her upcoming project STAG’S LUNCHETTE. She’s opening a lunch spot in the former Uncle Dougie’s, and will be serving a variety of sandwiches made with sustainable and house-cured meats, like pastrami, salami, sausage, and game meats—like goat sausage and duck—all cut to order. Yup, there will be a duck pastrami Reuben in your future. Filipello is one of the few female charcutiers in the area, and has brought on Spider Davila from Austin to assist for the next month or so.
There’s going to be a honking rotisserie (it’s big enough to fit two suckling pigs at a time), which will have porchetta spinning on it, plus there will be a smoker. You’ll also be able to order seasonal seafood, like a killer crab roll with drawn garlic butter and green onion rémoulade. Sauces and spreads will be housemade, from the mayo and mustard to the hot sauce and sauerkraut. The morning will feature housemade pastries, and some quick egg-and-sausage type items, and a cold case will hold items for take-out or to simply take home, like salads, crab cakes, and the like. Perfect for the “stag” bachelor. Sandwiches will range from $8-$9, and there will also be specials, like shrimp and grits.
It’s going to have a spiffy barn-y look, with reclaimed wood, walnut tables with bases made by a local blacksmith, mahogany wainscoting, and wood floors. It’s spacious, with room for 40. French press coffee will be available, in addition to espresso drinks, plus local beers and wines. The soft opening is slated for the beginning of January. Hours will be Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. 362 17th St. at Franklin, Oakland.
Fixin’s for the charcuterie plate at Bar Dogwood, the big sis to Stag’s. Photo: © tablehopper.com.