Food at The Trappist in Oakland
For my boyfriend's birthday, I'm designated driver and taking him to The Trappist and Beer Revolution. We're big on beer, obviously, so that's what the focus is, but we're foodies too! So I'm trying to decide if we should grab dinner elsewhere first. I've read on an earlier topic that The Trappist now has food, and it says so on their website, but I can't find a menu or any substantial descriptions or reviews of what's there. I'm fine with bar bites as long as they're tasty and worth the money.
460 8th Street, Oakland, CA
Had a great meal last night. Warm salad of Brussels sprouts, shaved radish, and crunchy spiced chickpeas ($6) and cranberry bean chili with porcini ($9). Would have been vegan except for the token grating of pecorino on the chili. Amazing they do so well with the absurdly tiny kitchen.
re: Robert Lauriston
I am loving some recent brussel sprout experiences.
Martin's West in RWC, which is changing its menu to be a little more straightforward but still punches WAY above its weight, gave me an astonishing brussel sprout side (almost unnoticed) which had a lot in common with the Saison Brassilicia (sp?), lots of dried leaves - somehow MW got the intensity of the drying process into a bowl of brussels. Nice.
Another MW update - the bartender there said it's just been two weeks since Jerry signed the anti-reification law/clarification, so they're starting to think about bacon manhattans again. Not quite yet (as of last week).
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Just wanted to elaborate in case anyone stumbles upon this in the future. We went on Saturday.
chefj was spot on--smaller plates include smoked almonds, marinated vegetables, sausages, soup. There's a cheese platter with fruit that looked good, and a meat platter too. Larger plates include grilled cheese and pastrami sandwich.
I got the pickled vegetables ($4) which is made in small batches. Sugar snap peas, mushrooms, and a cucumber were nice and crunchy and sharply sour. Contrasted well with my stout (though I don't know much about beer and food pairings just yet!).
My boyfriend got the grilled cheese ($8), which is a good gooey mess of three cheese on crusty bread. It came with a pickle. The mustard in the grilled cheese was a little overpowering, but it was delicious and satisfying.
I was intrigued by the cheese platter that someone else had ordered, and will probably get that to share next time.
I'm pretty much a regular there (so much so that I know many of the bartenders there on sight, and they know me...), and while their menu is far from extensive, it does fairly well for what it is. The pastrami sandwich is good, if not the overstuffed fresser-fest of your dreams, as is the grilled cheese (made with 3 different cheeses, I think?). These days, the stew is a chicken and barley, and it's quite tasty, if a bit bland. But yeah, on Tuesday evenings, they'll point you to their back door, where you can order up carnitas tacos and bean/cheese gorditas from their next-door neighbor, Tamarindo.
468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607
The menu is very small which matches their kitchen perfectly. I think that there are 5 small plates and 5 larger plates.
Smalls plates: Charcuterie, Cheese, Marinated Vegetables, Almonds and I don't remember the other may be a soup?.
Large plates: Sausage with Saurkraut and Potatoes, Carbonade flamande, Corned Beef sandwich(I know it is on lunch but not sure about dinner) and a couple of interesting hearty Salads.
The quality and preparation of food is very good, much better than most of the local pubs and IMO worth the money.