Food & Drink

Chill Out at Kingston11

A taste of the tropics in Oakland

You’ve found serenity in baths and breathing techniques, but nothing beats a day at the beach.

Get a taste of the tropics at Kingston11. The new Oakland restaurant is more than just plantains — it’s a cultural experience. To wit:

1. During its modest pop-up days in Berkeley’s Guerilla Cafe, the jerk chicken (marinated for more than 48 hours) drew lines out the door. Two years in, chef/owner Nigel Jones has expanded the space (which now seats more than 100) and the menu (spicy grilled shrimp with tamarind sauce, oxtail stew, and plantains with black beans and sour cream).

2. Jones pays tribute to his Jamaican roots (he grew up in Kingston’s 11 zip code; Bob Marley hails from 12) with ta warm decor: rust-colored floors inspired by the island’s fertile clay soil, ficus trees, and a wall of Marley portraits.

3. Sip rare, small-batch Caribbean rums at Fern Gully Rum Bar, named after the scenic rural interpass forged by a former river bed now connecting Kingston and Ocho Rios. We like the Skirt Slides Up, a custom holiday drink (Jamaican sorrel, hibiscus, clove, cinnamon, and orange).

4. Midmonth, expand your brunch horizons with ackee and saltfish, the national dish of Jamaica, made with ackee fruit and salt cod.

5. When you’re walking north up Telegraph, look for the huge Jamaican flag mural painted on the side of the building. It’s a tip-off you’re almost there — and the mark of a proud community.

Kingston11, 2270 Telegraph Avenue, at 23rd Street (510-465-2558).


Photos: Aubrie Pick for DailyCandy

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2270 Telegraph Ave
@ 23rd St
Oakland, CA 94612