Oakland: Piedmont Ave. recommendations?
I've heard good things about restaurants on Piedmont Ave. in Oakland. But, I don't recall particular recommendations for particular places. I used to live there many years ago and would like to go back for a restaurant tour.
Any chowhound recommendations (any style or ethnicity is fine) for Piedmont Ave.?
Thanks for your help.
Off the top of my head the ones I like but have not been to for awhile-
Newish if you have not been in the area many years- both very good from my last experiences
Dopo, 4293 Piedmont Ave
Cesar's- 4039 Piedmont Ave
Xyclo- I have not been here but it's new-4218 Piedmont Ave- Modern Vietnamese
I love the Tea shop across the movie theatre forget the name..
I think Dopo is good, but it's a bit mixed in some dishes. The pizzas are generally good and the lasagna. I think the charcuterie plate is overpriced.
Xyclo is not bad but also a bit mixed in my opinion: http://singleguychef.blogspot.com/200...
Although if you go to Xyclo, definitely get the claypot medley. Very satisfying.
Cesar's is good but you can end up paying a lot before you feel satisfied.
Gregoire is not really a restaurant but they have seating if you want a casual dinner at this really tiny place.
Ninna has been featured on KQED's Check Please. It's a Thai place that tries to be a bit fusion. Haven't been to it so can't give you first-hand report.
Bay Wolf is a classic, but the last time I was there it was just OK.
Based on how often I eat there, Dopo's my favorite restaurant these days, with the Piedmont branch of Cesar a close second. Both have great selections of wine by the glass.
Dopo's antipasto misto is a must. The pizza guy is a master, despite the handicap of a gas deck oven he makes some of the best around--try the one with prosciutto draped over it after it comes out.
I'll echo some of the sentiments about Cesar: very good food, but easy to rack up a big tab.
I was also much impressed by their bar offerings. I'm not a big-time drinker, but even I can imagine spending the better part of a day sampling from their wine and aperitif lists while snacking away on tapas.
I tried Bay Wolf for the first time today, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of their ingredients and the precision of their cooking.
Started off with a delicate artichoke, new potato & leek soup, subtly accentuated with a chive creme fraiche.
Entree was a robust-flavored grilled chicken sausage, accompanied by grilled asparagus (perfect) & a very delightful green garlic flan.
Dessert was a bittersweet chocolate-almond cake with Earl Grey creme anglaise & chocolate sauce.
If there is such a thing as a "perfect lunch" - this place just did it for me.