Real Oakland Folks – Sarah Kirnon of Miss Ollie’s

In Black Oakland Renaissance, Culture, RealOakFolks on January 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

The second piece in our RealOakFolks series was posted on Oakland Local Sunday! Unfortunately, we were unable to get a video up for this one. Interviewing Sarah over the break was difficult. She was busy. We were busy. It was freezing cold out, and Bilen and I wanted to be in the house sipping cocoa and catching up on old movies. Alas, we were unable to get enough footage to make a quality piece. I was really disappointed about this because the first few minutes were really good. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some extra footage at some point to finish the piece, but if that doesn’t happen I’m sure I can use it for something else.

Otherwise, the time we spent with Sarah was fantastic. I’m really excitied about the new restaurant and the food looks delicious. If you’re reading this and you are within spitting distance of Oakland you must eat at Miss Ollie’s in Old Oakland. Trust me!

Here’s a quick excerpt:

Since opening its doors on December 4, Miss Ollie’s has quickly become a popular standout in Oakland’s restaurant scene, with customers lining up for a taste of Caribbean comfort food in a casual format. Currently open for lunch Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the menu features mouth-watering flavors inspired by Kirnon’s childhood: Curry goat with buttered collards and roasted mixed potatoes. Grits, Smithfield ham and red-eye gravy. Oxtail pepperpot, cornbread, turnips and black-eyed peas. Escoveitch fish with cassava cake. And of course, Kirnon’s legendary fried chicken, a recipe handed down from her grandmother.

Damn! I get hungry every time I read that paragraph. You can peep the rest of the article here and don’t forget to holla at us on twitter at #realoakfolks.

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