Putting my money where my mouth is

Well, money is kind of dirty, but I’d like to spend my money on the good food that you can find in Oakland. Knowing that the small businesses in downtown Oakland have suffered greatly in the past weeks due to the Occupy movement (as opposed to those few big corporations that are even located here, such as Clorox), I’m making a conscious effort to patronize the establishments in this area at least 3-4 times a week until at least the end of the year. And I don’t mean Piedmont, or Temescal, or even Grand Lake. I’m talking downtown, Old Oakland, and maybe even Jack London. Normally I wouldn’t be out spending so much money so often, but it is time to infuse these businesses with a little cash.

First up is Housewives Market, a semi-enclosed marketplace located on Washington Street in Old Oakland. Today I hit up Cosecha Mexican Cafe, Taylor’s Sausage, and Sincere Seafood.

The splurge was on Cosecha–four tacos–two fried fish with chipotle cream and cabbage slaw on special, one pork belly, one grilled chicken with achiote and a mexi-coke, of course (no, not all for me!)–$20. The food is fresh and simple, if a bit of a wait.  So, I went over to check out the meat and fish counters to kill time, but more on that in a second. The menu changes regularly at Cosesha, but there’s always fresh coffee and pastries, tortas, quesidillas, aguas frescas, etc. There are happy hour specials weekdays from 2:30-6:00 p.m.–this includes taco and appetizer specials plus $3.50 specials on tap beer like Trumer Pils and $2.50 on bottled ones like Negra Modelo. They also do Saturday brunch and special dinners, so check out their website for details.

I also grabbed a couple of catfish filets from Sincere Seafood for a fry up tonight ($7), and four boudin sausages from Taylor’s Sausage (two hot, two mild–$6) for later this week. Made on-premise, Taylor’s boudin sausages are a meal in themselves–packed with savory sausage, spices and rice. And at those prices, it’s a pretty good deal for the quality and freshness.

Where to next?





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