Where to drink ouzo/arak/raki with meze?
Got a taste to enjoy some meze and drink some ouzo. Run into a problem that a hard liquor license is needed (not just a beer/wine/soju license). Many of the Greek/Turkish/Lebanese places don't have that and can't server ouzo.
I know Kokkari or it's Palo Alto sister, Evvia, is one option. Is that it? Other places?
BTW, Kokkari is great. Was just hoping for something a little less formal/pricey and maybe with outdoor tables.
Maybe Paul K, Ziryab, and Mezze, in that order. Ziryab's probably the most fun atmosphere and they have shisha.
Paul K dinner menu:
mezza -- lamb riblets and kebabs, baba ganoush, cucumber salad, olives, feta,yogurt
vegetarian mezza -- artichoke hearts, hummus, baby beets, pickled carrots, feta, carrot mint yogurt
Warm assortment of olives
Heirloom tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, ancho cress
Stone fruit , radicchio, basil, arugula, honey goat cheese,
House fries, fresh herbs, harissa ketchup
Batter fried okra, sumac aioli
Caramelized green tomato, goat cheese, arugula, grilled sour dough bread
Chicken liver pate, fruit cocktail, grilled bread
Pomrgranate braised Atkins lamb riblets, garlic yogurt
Whole roasted branzino, white corn-cannelini bean succotash, herb butter
Seafood stew, white beans, pork sausage, harissa broth
Risotto, cherry tomatoes, pecorino cheese, basil
Grilled half chicken, baby spinach, yellow peach, onion, pomegranate molasses
Braised Niman Ranch pork shoulder, grilled red endive, stewed bing cherries
Syrian spiced duck breast, spelt, hazelnuts, black mission figs
Grilled black angus ribeye, blue cheese gratin, sauteed bloomsdale spinach
Mezze Restaurant & Bar
3407 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
Paul K Restaurant
199 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94102
528 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117