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Piedmont Ave./Oakland area

mvasudeva Feb 22, 2007 11:43 AM

I just read some restaurant reviews on around Piedmont area near Oakland. We would like to try a restaurant in that area. Anyone have suggestions?


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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: mvasudeva Feb 22, 2007 11:45 AM

    Dopo. Cesar.

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      Lori SF RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 22, 2007 11:50 AM

      hey Robert anything on Bay Wolf lately. I use to like that place many years ago.

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        Robert Lauriston RE: Lori SF Feb 22, 2007 11:56 AM


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          Melanie Wong RE: Lori SF Feb 22, 2007 12:03 PM

          from daveena,

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            Lori SF RE: Melanie Wong Feb 22, 2007 12:06 PM

            Sounds like it's pretty much the same. I liked it because it was some what old school and good food for a winter night.

      2. singleguychef RE: mvasudeva Feb 22, 2007 12:49 PM

        I second Dopo and Cesars. Also, Xyclo for a little nicer Vietnamese cuisine.

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          rabbitblue RE: mvasudeva Feb 22, 2007 12:55 PM

          I whole-heartedly recommend Dopo! Excellent pizzas, from the Oliveto school of pizzamaking, housemade charcuteries with Niman Ranch meats- mortadella rules, and now that they've expanded, raw fish dishes that are just delicious. Servers are sweet and sincere, and the place is easy to relax in. Any wait is worth it for dopo- oh and the desserts are great too. Still don't get why people love Cesar. Good wine selection and those fries with fried herbs are great. Atmosphere is much more festive, but other than that, the food is weeeeaaak.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: rabbitblue Feb 22, 2007 01:47 PM

            To me, Cesar makes some of the best food in the East Bay. Things that have been memorably good recently include fried almonds, raw cauliflower salad, mushrooms and morcilla, tuna & egg bocadillo, pork belly, and brussells sprouts.

            Dopo's great too. Very different food.

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            rabbitblue RE: mvasudeva Feb 22, 2007 12:56 PM

            Oh and sitting at the bar at Aki Sushi is a blast. The sushi is very fresh- i even have cravings for their rice on occasion! Sake is a bit over priced though.

            1. JasmineG RE: mvasudeva Feb 22, 2007 02:20 PM

              I agree with the recs for Dopo (one end of the street), Cesar (middle of the street) -- they are two of my favorite restaurants in the area. For the other end of the street, I love Jojo, I've always had great meals and really excellent service there.

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                oakjoan RE: JasmineG Feb 24, 2007 10:03 PM

                Ditto JoJo. A wonderful place with great food.

                Also like Dopo and sometimes love and sometimes am lukewarm about Gregoires.

                Never been to Cesar.

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                  JasmineG RE: oakjoan Feb 25, 2007 01:40 PM

                  I agree on Gregoire -- sometimes I have great stuff there, and sometimes...not so much. I am more often disappointed by lunch there than dinner, though.

              2. nicedragonboy RE: mvasudeva Feb 22, 2007 03:59 PM

                Is the Cesar's on Piedmont much better than the one in Berkeley? because I was totally underwhelmed by my last Berkeley experience. Not that it was horrible, but I was definitely expecting better. Are the menus the same or do they differ according to the chefs?

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                  JasmineG RE: nicedragonboy Feb 22, 2007 04:49 PM

                  I find the Piedmont one significantly better than the Berkeley location. The menus are different; they have some common things, but the Oakland menu is significantly bigger.

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                    Robert Lauriston RE: JasmineG Feb 22, 2007 05:01 PM

                    I don't think the food's any better on Piedmont, but as you say there's a lot more choice.

                    I find the Shattuck branch intolerable when it's full.

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                      JasmineG RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 22, 2007 10:11 PM

                      I think the menu has gotten a lot more creative since they've had the Piedmont location -- the Shattuck one had become very repetitive, and I've seen a lot of new and different dishes since Piedmont has opened (which I'm sure is because of the expanded kitchen space).

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                    zin1953 RE: nicedragonboy Feb 24, 2007 06:42 AM

                    Much larger menu at Piedmont, and nowhere near as loud as Shattuck.

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                    Agent 510 RE: mvasudeva Feb 22, 2007 10:39 PM

                    San Francisco magazine had a little writeup about Piedmont Avenue in this month's issue.


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                      chompy RE: mvasudeva Feb 23, 2007 05:17 PM

                      Here's another question about Piedmont Ave. What's good that's cheap, or at least substantially cheaper than Dopo and Cesar? Maybe $10-15 per person before tax & tip?

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                        StormKing RE: chompy Feb 23, 2007 09:33 PM

                        For cheap, try Geta. Just off Piedmont. Its a little Japanese place. Just a few tables. But in a small space, lots of great food. They know what they're doing. Lots of Japanese customers to keep them honest. I go there whenever I'm in the area and need a quick Japanese fix. You can definitely get very satisfied for $10-$15pp.

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                          Melanie Wong RE: StormKing Feb 23, 2007 11:02 PM

                          What do you usually order at Geta?

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                            lexdevil RE: Melanie Wong Feb 25, 2007 12:28 PM

                            The hubby always gets oyako don, which is a great dinner for under $5. I tend to get katsu curry when they don't run out of curry. If not that, the ginger pork stir fry. The kara age and gyoza are fine. Sushi is decent...even very good if you consider the price. This is cheap and cheerful, nothing fancy food. Folks do eat in, but we generally take out. The space makes Gregoire seem roomy!

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                          Robert Lauriston RE: chompy Feb 24, 2007 07:09 AM

                          Simply Greek.

                          For good cheap food, the best thing to do is get away from Piedmont. As with Rockridge and Solano, rents are high and prices are inflated accordingly.

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                            chompy RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 24, 2007 08:56 AM

                            Yeah, there are a LOT of better areas that are better in Oakland for cheap food, but every now and then I find myself on Piedmont Avenue feeling broke, and nothing looks that good.

                            What's good at Simply Greek? I ate there once a couple of years ago - don't remember what I had, but I wasn't that thrilled.

                            I'll try Geta one of these days...thanks.

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                              Robert Lauriston RE: chompy Feb 24, 2007 09:01 AM

                              It's just your basic souvlaki joint.

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                              lintygmom RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 25, 2007 01:00 PM

                              Green Apple, if it's still open, has great crepes. Especially the veggie. Lousy ambiance. Very nice peepul.

                          2. Morton the Mousse RE: mvasudeva Feb 24, 2007 02:07 PM

                            Gregoire is great. Delicious food, organic ingredients, excellent value. It's super casual - counter seating, order at the front - but the lack of table service keeps the prices down. You can get a phenomenal order of steak, fish or lamb chops for $16! I'll spend twice as much money at Cesar for food that, to my taste, is not as good. Plus, you can BYO.

                            I also love Dopo. The chicken liver mousse makes me swoon. And the house made pasta is amazing.

                            1. Mission RE: mvasudeva Feb 24, 2007 10:17 PM

                              Simply Greek could be good.

                              But in my opinion the menu is lacking a vegetarian plate and a true greek salad which is kinda strange?

                              I want the classic plate with Humus,Tabouleh ,greek salad,a few hot falafels and dolmas,some pita bread and a little feta.

                              They do make some great, super hot, made to order french fries though.

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                                Robert Lauriston RE: Mission Feb 25, 2007 08:56 AM

                                I haven't come across a meze platter like that on Piedmont.

                                Nearest I can think of are Holy Land and Mezze. Lots of reports on both here.


                              2. Mission RE: mvasudeva Feb 24, 2007 10:37 PM

                                Speaking of Strange!

                                I just remembered the weirdest place on Piedmont ave to get lunch!

                                Try a sandwich at the Honeybaked ham® place (In a mini mall near the top toward Pleasant Valley) Its been there 20 years.

                                Its hard to describe the experience.

                                All I can say is:

                                You will probably be the only customer.

                                You will get one of the most elaborate quality $4.00 sandwiches ever made.

                                It will take at least 10-15 minutes to make your sandwich.

                                And it comes with assorted free "unusual" side dishes.

                                Assorted meats too!

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