The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Today's Groupon presents another option when there are no illusionists handy: for $15, you get $30 worth of soul food at Dorsey's Locker in Oakland.
Drawing on a family tradition that began with the first Dorsey-owned restaurant in 1941, the menu at Dorsey's Locker features steaming platefuls of southern home cooking. Any day of the week, choose from a swimmy selection of seafood, including deep-fried or grilled catfish fillets ($12.50) and prawns ($14.50). Or try robust helpings of fried chicken ($13.50), liver and onions ($11.50), and more. Dorsey's also offers a rotating daily menu; Friday's menu, for example, doles out helpings of smothered steak ($11.25), chitterlings ($16), barbecue ribs and chicken or links ($14), and gumbo ($15). Most entrees are served nicely neighbored by three sides of your choice, such as collard greens, yams, mac 'n' cheese, rice and gravy, and more. If there's room in your buffet pants, top it off with a piece of peach cobbler ($4).
The comfortable, no-frills restaurant welcomes diners to a cozy space where the food speaks for itself. As deep-fried savories inebriate your soul, feast your tongue's sights on a drink from the full-service bar. Or wash down a soulful bite of the South with a glass of iced tea ($2.25) and a dose of hospitality. Climb into the locker on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This deal is valid for dine-in only.
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.
5817 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland, California 94609Get Directions