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.
The detail-oriented instructors at Art a la Cart take students through each painting step-by-step, showing them how to mix and blend their own colors and build compositions from the background without having to first live among paintings in local art museums. They supervise students in a themed class series as they paint still-life fruit and candies, portray whimsical landscapes, depict parts of the San Francisco skyline, or emulate the style of a classic artist. Groups explore each subject and question its lack of Renaissance cupids in one of five locations, which include wine-cellar tasting rooms, underground wine bars, and a modern minimalist cocktail lounge. Staff members supply all acrylic paints, brushes, and other gear for each class; and though they don't provide any libations, instructors encourage participants to bring or purchase their own drinks.
Planted in the middle of Oakland's Uptown district, the mellow drinker will appreciate Somar's low-key vibe.
Guests can migrate to the bar section to catch the game on the TV.
Somar also features a DJ and dancing.
The bar is about as noisy as it gets — plan for booming speakers and chatty crowds everywhere.
You may be better off finding a table during the week, as weekends at the bar tend to be packed.
The dress code at Somar is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Somar's Telegraph Avenue residence.
Your tab at Somar will generally run you about $30 per person.
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.
Marc 49: A User’s Guide
Wine Bar | Seasonal, Farm-Fresh Cuisine | Sophisticated Cocktails | Sunday Brunch | Heated Patio
Appetizer: bacon deviled eggs with herbed crumbs and cornichons
Entree: lamb moussaka with a parmesan-potato crust
Cocktail: the French Imperialist with Hendrick's gin, Lillet Blanc, grapefruit-rose liqueur, hibiscus syrup, and rose water
Where to Sit: The back patio is popular thanks to ample heaters that help keep the space cozy. The decor is nothing to scoff at either, with modern wood tables and chairs echoing the wood-paneled walls, some of which are decorated with colorful murals.
When to Go: Try Marc 49 during happy hour (weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close) for discounted sangria, wine, cocktails, beer, and upscale bar bites.
Come thirsty for Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), which features bacon-garnished bloody marys and bottomless mimosas.
Oysters are a buck apiece every Wednesday and Sunday.
Moussaka: a Greek casserole that’s typically layered with lamb and eggplant and topped with béchamel sauce.
While You’re in the Neighborhood: Pick up an all-natural remedy for a common cold or a severe case of mortality at Homestead Apothecary (486 49th Street), a boutique herb shop specializing in tinctures, teas, and essential oils.
Take a table at Shashamane Bar and Grill in Oakland and look forward to your next meal.
The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — Shashamane Bar and Grill has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Grab the kids when you head to Shashamane Bar and Grill — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Long guest list? Not a problem at Shashamane Bar and Grill, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort.
Not to be overlooked is Shashamane Bar and Grill's no-charge wifi.
Patrons are often seen swaying in their seats thanks to performances from Shashamane Bar and Grill's live musical groups or DJs.
Energize your evening with some dancing — the restaurant often hosts a DJ.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Shashamane Bar and Grill, known for its laid-back ambience.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Shashamane Bar and Grill's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Shashamane Bar and Grill as well.
Guests take to street parking at Shashamane Bar and Grill's Broadway spot.
The average check at Shashamane Bar and Grill will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.