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Recommendations for thin crust pizza in east bay?

I don't believe I've ever had a pizza slice from Arizimendi's that had sauce, but I go to the Oakland one on Lakeshore. And (at least at that location) the crust is firm but not particularly thin -- but when I think thin, I'm thinking of something almost like a cracker.

Feb 12, 2008
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Oakland: Piedmont Ave. recommendations?

Ninna is pretty good. I've tried both a Thai(ish) dish there and an Italian(ish) dish. Both were very tasty, but not extraordinary. Service was a bit slow, as one might expect from a place with one server and one cook. Off-season seems to be the time to go there.

Jan 07, 2008
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best burritos in oakland?

Webster, actually, just south of 17th in downtown.

I go there when I want a.. different sort of burrito. But it's not very traditional. Something about the cheese and beans they use is just bizarre. (I do like one now and then, maybe once a year, and then the one on 14th near Jackson is where I go, because they don't charge $.25 for a second teensy container of hot sauce)

La Calaca Loca (Temescal area, NW section) was pretty good, but I'm guessing Fruitvale can beat most areas easily.

Dec 21, 2007
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Bistro Dinner, Le Central or Anjou?

Dec 21, 2007
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"Kochi" Sushi in Oakland near Lake Merritt?

I have not, but it must be 4th avenue, not street (since that wouldn't be near the lake). The only Japanese restaurant I am familiar with there is Wasabi on 2nd ave, which doesn't seem to focus on sake. Sorry.

Jul 20, 2007
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Lunch for a large group in Downtown Oakland

I was going to suggest something similar. There's nothing truly amazing in JLS, but most of the restaurants can accomodate large groups quite easily (although for Friday you probably want reservations anyway). Otherwise, most places in Chinatown could deal with that number if you are willing to split into two tables.

If your group is not terribly formal, I might suggest just going to some pastry and dim sum takeout places, maybe a Korean store selling pre-packaged items or a sandwich place, and just sitting out by the waterfront. Friday is supposed to be a nice day weather-wise, and sitting by the docks or in one of the parks could be nice.

Jul 18, 2007
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Lasagna for lunch-- North Berkeley

Ah, well. My tastes in Italian food may just be different then. And it is true that I had pizzas, not pastas.

Jul 17, 2007
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Lasagna for lunch-- North Berkeley

That sounds probable. Too bad. They seemed pretty good when I was there, but that was over fifteen years ago, and restaurants do change in quality over much shorter periods of time.

Jul 17, 2007
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Lasagna for lunch-- North Berkeley

A little googling revealed a menu for Cugini:
http://dineview.com/redirect.fwx?type...

I don't see lasagna listed there, though.

Wasn't there an Italian restaurant on Shattuck, somewhere just south of Durant on the west side? I believe it had a fireplace in the centre of the main dining room.

Jul 17, 2007
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Banh Cuon Tay Ho, Oakland report w/ pics

I went there once.. and also found it okay, but not stellar. And it is so hard to walk all the way down there and *not* go to Binh Minh Quan!

Jul 12, 2007
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It it Looks Like a Pizzeria Uno and Sounds Like a Pizzeria Uno, it Could be a Pizzeria SFO in Fremont

I wonder if there's an Uno in SFO that got taken over first? It really surprised me several years ago when the Jack London Square one changed over to that name. Seemed like it would be "Pizzeria OAK" instead, since SFO is twice as far away...

Jul 05, 2007
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Oakland Lunch near 3rd and Oak (Jack London Square/Chinatown)

About Clancy's.. the best review I have heard was: "File this one under only in Oakland (I guess), but if you ever want boiled tacos, I guess you can go to Clancy's Taqueria, on Broadway at the corner of 4th."

Jun 29, 2007
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Indian Lunch near Ikea in Emeryville?

Khana Khazana, around 43rd and San Pablo, is quite tasty. It's not South Indian, but they do have quite a number of tasty vegetarian options -- their lunch buffet only has two meat items (tandoori chicken and usually either a curry or butter chicken). It's just down the road from Ikea about ten blocks.

Jun 20, 2007
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Oakland Chinatown eats?

I agree about Peony, it's good, not amazing. And it usually costs me 1.5-2x as much as the other dim sum places in the area (they charge $2 for tea and water, whoo!). Worth trying, but I don't go there regularly.

I also agree about BC Deli -- or about Ba Le, which is one or two doors down, and has the same pricing scheme. I think the pork is better at Ba Le, but the chicken is better at BC Deli. However, from what I understand, you can just ask for less mayo at Cam Huong (forcing them to make them fresh). And Cam Huong does have a curry chicken banh mi. Mmm...

Is Kim Huong the one that took over the one that took over the one that took over the old Vi's location? Or is there yet another Vietnamese restaurant tucked away that I overlooked?

Apr 24, 2007
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Oakland Chinatown eats?

What do you like to order at Silver Dragon? I keep trying to drag coworkers there, but they usually refuse (without giving any indication of why they don't want to eat there).

Apr 23, 2007
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Best Food in Old Oakland

Really? I've rarely heard good things about it here. And every time I try to drag coworkers there (a lunch buffet with all the curry you can eat?) they resist.

Apr 19, 2007
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Oakland: Korean food on Telegraph for novice?

I'll dodge by saying that when I was starting to get into Korean food a bit over five years ago, Koryo got absolute raves here. Aside from the "if you don't go with Korean people the service is bad" (which is a valid and good complaint!), I had heard little against it.

If Koryo is in disfavour these days, I'll certainly drop that off my list.

Apr 18, 2007
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The new Wal-Mart in Richmond at Hilltop Mall ... so spit on me

It's been a long time for me, but I recall the mall food options being so non-great that I ended up at the Chevy's just up the hill from the mall. *sigh*

A short drive would take you to Pinole, though. If Won Thai is still open (right off of one of the major highway exits), it's great. Try the Hanuman Klug Foon: a kind of basil chicken in cream sauce, almost like a standard curry but a bit sweeter.

Apr 18, 2007
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Oakland: Korean food on Telegraph for novice?

Sam Won (26th and Telegraph) is pretty friendly, and is often listed here as one of the good places (along with Koryo and Jong Ga). Either Kal Bi (short ribs) or Bi Bim Bap (beef and a fried egg on top of veggies and rice) are good starter dishes, quite approachable. Sam Won's panchan (small dishes, usually of pickled vegetables) are nothing exciting, but are a decent introduction.

Apr 15, 2007
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best East Bay Chinese bakery?

(in downtown Oakland): Work always picks up from ABC bakery. I find those are okay, but sometimes things seem cold. I love the pork and curry buns from Cam Huong bakery, though, which cost about 50% more and are twice as large. A few years ago I was hearing great things about the custards from (Ruby something?), but that's not my thing.

Apr 10, 2007
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DO NOT EAT HERE: PIZZARIA SFO

Yes, the Oakland one (Jack London Square) used to be a Pizzeria Uno. I was surprised they named it after SFO when OAK was quite a lot closer.

I was there once, and had a decent enough experience. It was many years ago, though. Certainly it isn't a place I would try to return to. The nearby Leaning Tower and Amazona's are much nicer.

Apr 09, 2007
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Luna's Cafe opened, N of downtown Oakland

I'd heard about that, and seen some good reviews. Still waiting for the day when I can take a whole hour for lunch, much less the two hours it would take me to get there, eat, and get back (on foot).

Feb 26, 2007
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Luna's Cafe opened, N of downtown Oakland

Luna's Cafe, near 24th and Telegraph, replaced a so-so Japanese/Korean place that replaced an okay Japanese place. But there has been a coming soon sign for almost a year. Today I chanced to walk by, and it's open.

The menu is divided in two, with Eritrean on one side, and Italian on a smaller side. Seemed like an odd combination to me. The Eritrean fare looked pretty standard: not many selections, but this is the closest place to downtown Oakland I've seen.

It may be a while before I get a chance to try it, but any Eritrean fans in the downtown area who want to brave the rain this week...

Luna's Cafe
2432 Telegraph\
832-1010
Tues-Sun 11-10

Feb 26, 2007
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Arsimona, downtown Oakland?

That's the impression I got. But these people read some reviews that said "the food is great". And they didn't like Verbena, so maybe upscale bar food is more their thing. I'll just make sure to pack a backup snack for the way home!

Feb 12, 2007
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Arsimona, downtown Oakland?

Anyone know anything about Arsimona? Looks like a fancy place, tailors itself as a sports bar. Normally the sort of place I would avoid, but out of town people are coming in who are going to want a fancy place right in that area -- but I want to ensure the food is decent quality and the prices are in line.

Did a board search, no mention of the place. That may be a telling sign...

http://www.arsimona.com/

Feb 10, 2007
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Best East Bay Chinese Hot & Sour Soup?

Shan Dong, in Oakland Chinatown. A lot of people complain that it is too spicy, and I find the quantity of components a bit off in some way I cannot explain, but the broth is excellent. They sometimes have it as their complimentary soup at lunchtime, so you could sample it then.

About a quarter of the time, Bay Fung Tong (downtown Oakland) makes an okay one, but you have to ask for it "extra spicy" and hope to get the good cook -- and still add some vinegar and white pepper.

Hunan Village on Grand in Oakland used to have marvelous hot'n'sour, but have gone downhill in the last few years.

Other than those things, I haven't liked much that I've eaten in Oakland. It goes from non-vinegary to bland to "what are these chewy things in here?" to some nasty glop thickened with corn starch (Manila Garden, the only place I have willingly chosen not to finish my hot'n'sour).

Feb 04, 2007
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Oakland restaurant maps

Looking for some restaurant addresses on Piedmont, I stumbled across a nifty map system that the Oakland Convention/Visitors Bureau seems to have created, which covers about a dozen areas in Oakland. The maps are not perfect (Ichiro and Thai Corder are on the wrong side of the street, and some 2yr old restaurants are missing), but it is nice for landmarks, and could be quite useful to many.

Here's the Oakland Chinatown map (the others can be accessed from there):
http://mondomap.com/mondo/map_ocvb.cf...

For whatever reason, I cannot find links to this from their main web site. Google was the only entrypoint. But I found it quite useful today as I wandered around the unfamiliar areas of Piedmont.

Jan 23, 2007
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Best Dim Sum - East Bay

The dim sum at LP is indeed better upstairs.. some parts of it. The carts seem to start up there. If you can get seated right by the elevator, it's amazing. In a big party, if you are shoved up onto the elevated large tables, most carts just seem to pass you by. But it also depends on the time of day. Arriving around 11:30 seems optimal.

It has been about five years since I went to JV, but it was quite horrible then. Since then, the new "$1.50 item!!!" signs keep scaring me away.

Jan 02, 2007
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Best cheap sit-down restaurants in Berkeley / Oakland area

I just had a great lunch at Ninna in Piedmont. Most of their lunch dishes are about $6-9. I hear it is quite crowded most of the time, though...

Dec 28, 2006
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BC Deli - beyond banh mi

Thanks, I have always wondered about the other food there. The pho always looked good. I just never have time to walk all the way there and sit and eat.

Dec 06, 2006
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