Boot and Shoe Service


This is my second visit to Boot and Shoe Service in Oakland and with both trips I was rewarded with great meals. On my latest visit I had:

Fried Georgia white shrimp with pickled beets, Calabrian peppers and aioli

Gemelli pasta with duck ragu

Margherita di bufala pizza

The food, service and atmosphere were all great and my only complaint was with the pizza that was a little soggy on top and a little too charred on the bottom. The restaurant was buzzing with people on a Tuesday night and the bar that is hidden in the rear, new since I last visited, was packed with people.

Celebrating Spring


I always get excited when the spring ingredients start sprouting up. As we leave the long winter, we start seeing the most exciting ingredients (at least for me) of the year.

This dish is composed of: baked halibut with spring onions, spring garlic, fava beans, fiddlehead ferns, ramps, meyer lemon- tarragon aioli, and a bulls blood salad.

Not bad for a Monday night dinner.