Burdell - Oakland

Got tipped off to a new soul food place by a friend, and so off we went…

(Slightly out of date, some ingredients may have changed.)

Marinated Cauliflower
Maybe the best cauliflower prep I’ve ever had.
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Lady Edison Ham Plate
Really fantastic pears, some of which were pickled (also fantastic). Turnips made sense.
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Local Albacore Tartare
The tomatillo really hit. Fairly minimalist but super effective.
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‘BBQ’ Whole Shrimp
Interesting prep. Shrimp were very snappy. Toast was extremely buttery.
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Glazed Heirloom Carrots
Dressing was interesting, if perhaps somewhat less in-your-face then the rest of the menu might lead one to expect. Still, pretty good.
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Aged Charleston Gold Rice
Good rice, but, you know. Rice.
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Cathead Sourdough Biscuits
Really great biscuits. Really great butter. (And I almost never eat butter.)
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Slow Cooked Lamb Ribs
Astonishingly tender. Fantastic long beans & jus, too. Get this.
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Klingeman Pork Neck
Quite good, once again with a relatively restrained saucing (to its benefit). I probably would’ve preferred it to be a smidge rarer but it wasn’t overcooked by any stretch.
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Apple Cheddar Brown Betty
As one of my dining companions put it, “like applie pie, but good”. (No shade on apple pie from me, but it was indeed better than 99% of apple pies that I’ve had.)
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Devil’s Food Cake
Decent, and better-than-decent cream, but ultimately it is what it says on the tin.
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Overall - a surprising knockout. My expectations were already reasonably high just from looking at the menu, and were handily exceeded. Overheard the table next to me being told that the “Family Dinner” tasting menu option came with an off-menu main (some sort of rabbit dish, which sounded incredible). Really hope this place sticks around.


The food looks pretty epic. How was service? The plates look pretty good too.

Service was good. Unobtrusive, decent pacing. Plates (& plating) were indeed on point.