Cocina Criolla, a Puerto Rican Pop-Up, Coming to Oakland

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Not to be confused with the defunct Criolla Kitchen.

Fans of Puerto Rican food should be glad to hear that a new pop-up is brewing in the East Bay by the name of Cocina Criolla — a name no one should have any confusions about given that the more New Orleans-inspired Criolla Kitchen shuttered last month. It's the project of one of the cooks at Dopo (4293 Piedmont Avenue), Ian Hernandez, and it'll all be going down for the first time at the restaurant on Sunday, May 6.

There are two seatings, at 5 and 8 p.m., and it's $45 for four courses, exclusive of beer or wine. See the draft menu below, and email here for a reservation.

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