alaMar Kitchen & Bar
Located in Oakland, alaMar marries an industrial port city vibe (alaMar means "to the sea") with Cajun cooking brought back to its Mediterranean roots. Think upscale takes on traditional dishes like local Delta crayfish with a Meyer lemon pepper sauce, house pork sausage, and Spring garlic.
This Michelin-recommended Caribbean-inspired seafood spot from chef/owner Nelson German is finally open for indoor dining again, and German says things are picking up. “It’s a really great neighborhood restaurant,” he says. “It’s almost like Cheers for a lot of people.” That feeling was lost a little bit with the pandemic when only outdoor dining was available, but it’s back in full force. As are the classic dishes that made it such a popular spot to begin with, including the Seafood Family Feast and the customizable seafood boils. Start with your protein—Dungeness crab, Alaskan snow crab, peel-and-eat shrimp, or mussels; then choose your sauce—romesco butter (German’s favorite), chile pepper scampi, or rosemary “Steph” curry (the most popular, possibly just because of the name); then, decide on your spice level—mild, hot, fire, or “hella spicy”; and pick your add-ons: andouille sausage, white corn, grilled bread, and potato. If you’re not drooling, we don’t even know who you are anymore. There is also a slew of creative cocktails on the menu, including several by Sobre Mesa, German’s Afro-Latino cocktail and tapas bar that’s just a few blocks away.
How to enjoy: Walk-ins only for dine-in. Order takeout and delivery via Caviar and other delivery apps.