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Kelly's of Alameda

Ruth Lafler | Sep 27, 200302:58 AM

Did you know there was nightlife in Alameda? my sister said.

Kelly Park is a jazz pianist who has opened a "jazz dinner club" at 1313 Park St.

Early reports are promising: my sister and her husband had dinner there a couple of nights ago and said the food (California cuisine -- lots of fruit salsas and arugula), while not ground breaking, was good. She particularly liked the soup of the day: a tomato bisque, which seems appropriately seasonal. Entrees are in the $13-19 range, with apps in the $6-9 range. Tonight with our drinks we had the whole roasted garlic with cambazola, crostini and tomato relish, which we devoured. It was a nice size portion for $6.95.

There's jazz piano during the early dinner hours, and various jazz combos starting at around 9:30 and going until 1 a.m. Amazingly for Alameda, they serve dinner until 10 Sun and Tues-Thurs and until 11 on Friday and Saturday. They also have a jazz brunch (either a la carte or an all-you-can-eat buffet) on Sunday from 10:30-2:30. Prices for brunch looked very reasonable, although the offerings are not fancy.

One of the things I like about Alameda is that the restaurants almost invariably feature Rosenblum Cellars wines. I had a glass of late harvest viognier that was rich and sweet, but with enough tang to give it character. They also feature other local producers like Hangar One vodkas, Tucker's ice cream and Boniere Bakery brownies. One caveat is that the music was a little loud in the bar area.

Hmmm ... this was supposed to be a minireport.

Jazz. Food. Drinks. Alameda. Check it out.

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