OAKLAND Spotlight: Dorsey’s Locker

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December 24, 2007 by bernadiva

5817 Shattuck Ave
(between 58th St & 59th St)
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 428-1935

Hey sister, go sister, where all my soul sisters?

The answer to that question is….not in San Francisco.

With the closing of the famed SF soul food spot, Powell’s Place, us San Franciscans are experiencing a dearth of good and inexpensive soul food in our dear city, and had to travel outside of SF to find anything noteworthy. One evening, as we had a miserable dinner at PF Chang’s, we asked our server, “Where do YOU go to eat when you’re not working?” His answer: Dorsey’s Locker. I gathered up a large group of hungry people and made them all drive to Oakland on a Sunday afternoon. Wanna see what we got to eat?

The seafood combination, yummy yummy sides, and the short ribs platter

They do all the classic soul food favorites: fried chicken, catfish, snapper, gumbo, short ribs, pork chops, liver & onions, …and the sides: collard greens, black eyed peas, rice with gravy, mashed potatoes, fries, yams, red beans, green beans, corn, and mac & cheese (only available on Fridays and Sundays). Service was spectacular and entertaining, the food came in copious amounts, and we all left extremely full and satisfied. I think that Dorsey’s is actually vastly better than Powell’s Place – even in their presentation of the food. (Sorry Powell’s…I loved you, but you have been replaced.) Think I’m exaggerating on how good the food was? My friend Joshua, who had the pork chops, cleaned his plate.


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