Happy November, East Bay! The days are shorter and the nights are getting chillier, so there's no time like the present to hunker down with some comfort food and try some new delicious eats around town.
Start with The Growler's Arms, a brand new English pub now open in Oakland. Brian Ventura, a former sous chef at A16, is heading up the kitchen, and is presenting a menu of upscale British classics done in true California style (local ingredients, seasonal menu changes). Look out for things like haggis, housemade sausage, and vegetables cooked in the wood-burning oven (formerly the pizza oven of previous tenant Marzano). There will be a full bar and craft beers on tap, too.
Over in Jack London Square, Sunday evenings have a whole new appeal thanks to Sunday Supper at Jack's Oyster Bar and Fish House. Starting this Sunday, November 9, feast on a prix fixe, three-course seafood supper for $34 per person — this week's menu includes classics like Dungeness crab Louie, sautéed sand dabs, and soft serve ice cream for dessert. The menu will change weekly, with two appetizer and entree choices on offer.
Berkeley is now home to a new destination for all things pie — A Dora Pie has opened in the former Slow space. The concept comes from the husband and wife team behind Chocolatier Blue, and they're currently slinging goodies like lemon meringue, pumpkin, pecan, and chocolate silk pies. Slices are $7, whole pies are $35, and be on the lookout for dinner service, which will include savory pies, beer, and wine.
Finally, mark your calendars for a can't-miss dinner at Berkeley's Pathos on Tuesday, November 11 — they're celebrating their one year anniversary by teaming up with St. George Spirits for a five-course, booze infused meal. Expect dishes like pan-seared monkfish with a St. George absinthe glaze and walnut honey cake soaked in Breaking & Entering bourbon, along with wine pairings, aperitif, and digestif. Check out the full menu and make reservations here.