A native of Paris, Executive Chef Christian Nam-Hee sharpened his knife skills and his palate at l'Ecole de Paris des M?tiers de la Table. Today he lets his know-how blossom and wander in the kitchen of Bijou Restaurant & Bar, blending the culinary traditions of his homeland with the flavors found in northern California's seasonal organic ingredients. From his pans and cutting boards spring forth sweet-potato frites, quail stuffed with napa cabbage, and other dishes that embody the menu's inventive fusion spirit. To complement such an aesthetically poignant dining experience, the space itself?designed by DesignPlus's Pia Thomas?remains sleek and focused. The centerpiece is the bar, which glows a dreamy, iridescent amber that's complemented by ring chandeliers and absorbed by Italian leather chairs, a lounge area's plush velvet cushions, and tabletop black holes.
In 1941, Wilma and Henry Dorsey opened a modest family eatery on the corner of 18th and Market in West Oakland. Over the next four decades, devoted family members transformed the place with a relocation, the addition of a cocktail lounge, and the construction of a beautiful wooden bar. Today, Dorsey family members remain the sole shareholders of a bustling restaurant that celebrates their Texas roots with country-style meals of fried chicken, catfish, gumbo, barbecue ribs, and sweet peach cobbler. A rotating weekly menu makes fresh additions to the slate of hearty, homecooked food with such dishes as chitterlings and smothered steak, while sides of collard greens, yams, and black-eyed peas garnish every dish with Southern panache.
Far more than a mere restaurant, Dorsey's Locker also treats guests to a full bar and lineup of live entertainment. On Sunday nights from 6 p.m until 10 p.m., the restaurant waives a cover charge for live R&B and jazz music. Open mic events each Tuesday show off the hidden talents of friends and neighbors, while Monday, Thursday, and Saturday-night karaoke provides a socially acceptable outlet for singing a love song to a plate of breaded pork chops.
Musically Minded Academy is a non-profit music school and community arts center located in Rockridge, CA.
Our core mission is to provide high quality music education, to host concerts and other arts-related education programs, and to act as a haven for musicians and music lovers in the greater East Bay Area.
Grab a seat at Marc 49 if you're hungry for an easy American meal — sandwiches and salads are popular options at this low-key establishment. Dieters beware — Marc 49 does not offer low-fat cuisine. You'll want to raise a glass to Marc 49's considerable wine list, awash with flavors from all over the world. No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Marc 49. The patio seating at Marc 49 is perfect for those warm summer days. Your pooch is also welcome at the restaurant.
Expect to wait longer for weekday service as the after-work crowd tends to fill the restaurant. Marc 49 is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). Catering services are also available. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
A visit to Marc 49 will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card. You can stop by at almost any time, since Marc 49 offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Revitalize both your mind and spirit through sacred dance at the Ecstatic Dance Community. Ecstatic dance is the spontaneous, meditative practice inspired by free dance practices. Come down to the Ecstatic Dance community in Oakland to let go and loosen up as you dance to the rhythm of the music. Absorb the flow of good energy all around as you dance however you please in this safe haven. The Ecstatic Dance Community is open on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. They also offers contact Improvement and Yoga before the dancing begins. Remember to follow the guidelines to respect the space (no shoes, alcohol, perfumes or cameras) and no talking on the dance floor.
Linger at one of The New Ristorante Forli's tables long enough, and owners Gabriele Davanzante or Russ Belleci might sidle up to the table to tell a joke or spontaneously burst into an Old Italian song. Flourishes like these imbue The New Ristorante Forli with the aura of a traditional Italian trattoria. In addition to a pair of jovial Italian hosts, The New Ristorante Forli cements its status as a cultural bastion by plating classic dishes such as osso bucco and braised lamb shank. Tuscan chianti and California pinot grigio punctuate the restaurant’s extensive wine list. Additionally, dining companions can cast aside games of napkin peek-a-boo and dance to live music on Friday and Saturday nights.