Next week kicks off the start of Black Restaurant Week Bay Area, a celebration of Black-operated restaurants, food trucks and dessert makers that technically runs for 10 days from May 13 to 22. The relatively new event (this is its fourth year here in the Bay) is designed to shine a light on Black food businesses that may not have the funds for extensive marketing. Other cities, such as Houston and Washington, D.C., will host their own events under the Black Restaurant Week umbrella later this year.
Here’s a sampling of the deals on offer in the East, South and, uh, “West Bay” — for a full list of participating businesses, check out the map at BlackRestaurantWeeks.com.
Kingston 11 Cuisine: The Jamaican/Californian stalwart will be taking $2 off its popular entrees, such as jerk chicken with plantains, crispy-skinned salmon with spinach and vegan vegetable curry with coconut milk. Discounts also apply to the Jamaican black fruitcake and classic rum-punch cocktails.
2270 Telegraph Ave, Oakland; open noon – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 510-465-2558, kingston11eats.com
Fowl and Fare: The extremely satisfying fried-chicken sandwich, served on brioche with aioli, house pickles and pear slaw, is steeply discounted at only $10.
3758 Piedmont Ave. (located inside The Lodge), Piedmont; open 5-10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 510-630-5174, fowl-fare.square.site
Cocobreeze: The Trinidadian restaurant and vegan bakery has a smorgasbord of specials, and is also rolling out live music on Sundays. There’s a four-course meal for two people ($65) with main dishes such as Caribbean braised oxtails, jerk chicken, vegan curry chicken with roti and a whole fried escovitch fish. There’s also a “Super Sweet Wine Flight” ($25), a “Superfood Seamoss Flight ” ($20) and a “Bottomless Red Wine Sorrel Sangria” ($40) with sweet wine and hibiscus flowers.
2370 High St, Oakland; open 11am-8pm on Wed. and Fri. – Sun., 510-479-3270, cocobreeze.co
Jackie’s Place: The woman-led South Bay purveyor of ribs, chicken and waffles and sweet potato pie will offer a Cajun Jambalaya Pasta special for $15 and discount the Fried Fish Combo (with two sides and cornbread) to $16. 840 N. First St., San Jose; open 11a.m.- 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 408-490-4653, jackiesplacesj.com
Marzano: The Grand Lake Italian restaurant is preparing two special entrees, a grilled pork chop with peach panzanella salad ($32) and a take on shrimp and grits with spicy marinara and polenta ($28).
4214 Park Blvd., Oakland; open 5-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 510-479-1448, marzanorestaurant.com
Sistas Wings & Things: This Oakland food truck is doing chicken boxes for $10 (regular price $15) with 16 flavors to choose from.
Open 2 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 510-883-3383, www.instagram.com/sistas1wings/
Boug Cali: The “West Coast Creole Shack” and po-boy destination is cooking up smoked gumbo with a Caesar salad and a “Million Dollar Lemonade” ($20), plus other specials.
101 Hyde St., San Francisco; open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays, bougcali.com
Cali Alley: This outdoor Berkeley joint is doing a mojo pork plate with orange and Spanish sherry, braised for three hours and served whole with coconut-chipotle black beans and rice ($18); also a burger made from the trim of dry-aged beef that’s funky like truffles with Swiss cheese and bacon ($18).
1012 Grayson St., Berkeley; open 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon – Sat., 510-644-4473, calialley.com
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