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"Taste of Joy": new BBQ and gumbo joint on Lakeshore (Oakland)

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"Taste of Joy": new BBQ and gumbo joint on Lakeshore (Oakland)

abstractpoet | Mar 25, 2009 07:27 PM

Walked by this place on my way out of the Lakeshore Arizmendi's in Oakland today and noticed a new signboard advertising "Gumbo, BBQ, Greens, and Yams". This is where that crepe place that no one ever seemed to go to used to be, and I only noticed today that the sign had changed. I guess now it's called Taste of Joy.

Anyway, I went in to grab a menu and chatted with the owner (I presume) for a little bit. He said they've been open for two weeks, and they're featuring gumbo and BBQ (hot links, spareribs, brisket, etc.). Says they're smoking the meat themselves. The menu also has "Cajun Meat Loaf", smothered pork chops, and some sandwiches.

According to the menu I took, they're only open until 7:00 Wednesday to Saturday, and then to 6:00 on Sunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), so I guess it's more of a lunch/takeout place, at least for the time being.

Has anyone been? It's gotten a handful of reviews on Yelp so far, all overwhelmingly positive. Do I dare to dream that there might be decent BBQ so close by? In any case, I'll definitely be checking this out in the near future.

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