When I began this little adventure in food writing, I was excited about the advent of good eats in Oakland. Back then it seemed restaurants were opening everywhere. Uptown, Telegraph, Temescal, Downtown, Jack London. My city was suddenly alive with upscale eateries, one after another and they came in waves. Soon even the star chefs from SF were in on the game. Then there were the trucks. So many trucks, here, there... everywhere.
Now I’m pretty sure there’s a new phenomenon taking over the streets of Oakland. There are suddenly springing up venues that resemble what I would call street food “Cafe(s).” Wonderful land-locked editions of the fabulous floating food on wheels. The are populated by Chefs who have found enough support to open a store front to bring us their Chef love. The newest version of this delightful and affordable phenom is Cosecha, helmed by the gifted Chef, Dominica Rice. Cosecha is in it’s infancy, only about two weeks old today when I paid it my first visit. But for such a youngun’ she’s already hit her stride.
|Carne Asada with Salsa Ranchera|
After a quick review of the menu (one orders at the cash register and takes a number to one of the communal tables), we decided on the Pozole soup, and one of each of the soft tacos. Along with lunch we each ordered a glass of the Strawberry Lime Agua Fresca.
|Chicken Taco with Achiote|
As I let the BH finish the better portion of the hearty (but not heavy) bowl of soup, I felt like treating myself to a tiny sampling of something sweet. So, I got back in the line, which was still quite long at this point. I waited patiently. Tapping. Anxious. What if they ran out of those lovely cookies? They didn’t of course. I got to the front and looked longingly at the line of sugary treats. Bisquits with some sort of lovely plum jam, Mexican wedding cookies they were calling “Lime Meltaways” and soft fresh Chocolate Chip Cookies. Then I saw the flan. The cashier said it was a “Citrus Flan” and that was all I needed to hear. I ordered a Lime Meltaway and a Chocolate Chip Cookie for the BH and the Citrus Flan for myself. I took my number and headed back to my table to anticipate the wonder.
I can state with certainty that Chef Dominica Rice’s baby will be successful. Her food is heartfelt and fulfilling, and her prices are so reasonable we got out of there for under $30 including tip. And we ate like fools. So I say... Check it out. Make a memory of your own. My advice? Get there early.
907 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Noise: boisterous, could be hard to hear from time to time
Table size: adequate communal tables
Service: friendly and efficient, but still have some bugs to work out
Cost: Affordable for even the most modest of budgets