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The Dish: Local, Serpentine, The Trappist

Restaurant opening season is in full swing, and that means it's a busy time for The Dish, your source for the all the latest and greatest openings. As usual, The Dish eagerly looks forward to your sightings.

2007_12_localdish.jpg1) Local: Today's finally the day for the much-anticipated Local, the SoMa kitchen/wine bar that many are hoping becomes a quintessential neighborhood destination. As mentioned earlier 'round these here parts, Local is the latest from chef Ola Fendert (Oola), and will offer simple comfort California-Mediterranean fare from the wood-fired oven (menu here). There are plenty of wines involved as well, with sommelier Mark Bright offering over 40 wines by the glass, not to mention a self-contained wine shop. Dinner is the only option as of now, but if all goes to plan, literally every other meal will be offered in the new year. Much more reading in the Eater Archives, Thrillist and Daily Candy. 330 First Street, between Folsom and Harrison, SoMa; (415) 777-4200 [Eater Staff]

*UPDATE 1:10PM—We've just received official word that at the last minute, Local has postponed opening once again, this time to Wednesday the 12th. Repeat: Local not open tonight. Exhale.

2) Serpentine: For the first time, open right now for lunch is Serpentine, the Dogpatch offshoot of Slow Club. We have confirmation from owner Erin Rooney: "We open today! We are serving lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Saturday." Get excited, Dogpatchians. 2495 Third Street, at 22nd, Dogpatch; (415) 252-2000, website [Eater Inbox]

3) The Trappist: With La Trappe recently opened in North Beach and another Frjtz on the way in Hayes Valley, Belgian is the new French, clearly. Even Oakland is getting into the act, with a Belgian ale house opening this past weekend. A Brewhound reports: "As beer geeks, we couldn't pass up an opportunity to visit the Trappist, a new bar in old town Oakland focusing on Belgian beers, on opening night. We arrrived at around 8 p.m. and had to wait about 30 minutes to get in (the place only has a capacity of 49 and they were wisely exercising crowd control that night). Although it is small, it is a very nice place - exposed brick walls, iron work, a few barrel tables in the back. Clientele appeared of the neighborhood, with a few of the beer community types thrown into the mix ... They had, I think, 20 beers on tap and a good size bottle list. As expected, the selection veered heavily toward the belgian and belgian-style." 460 Eighth Street, at Telegraph Ave, Oakland; (510) 326-5881, website [Chowhound]

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