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Oakland: Piedmont Ave. recommendations?

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cortez Jan 5, 2008 05:08 PM

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.

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  1. Lori SF RE: cortez Jan 5, 2008 06:59 PM

    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..

    1. JasmineG RE: cortez Jan 5, 2008 07:09 PM

      Dopo, Cesar, and Jojo. All very different, all I recommend without hesitation, and if you go to Dopo, definitely get pasta.

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      Dopo
      4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

      Bar César
      4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

      Jojo
      3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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        dml RE: cortez Jan 6, 2008 01:10 AM

        Third rec for Dopo.

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          Food Fiend RE: cortez Jan 6, 2008 10:45 PM

          So far, you've got a unanimous vote for Dopo, but I'm in the minority on Cesar; I think it's overrated (and overpriced).

          I also like Xyclo, and Tropix is a solid if not terribly innovative choice.

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          Tropix Caribbean Restaurant
          3814 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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            brokergal RE: cortez Jan 7, 2008 07:14 AM

            For fresh, seasonal preparations of local ingredients Bay Wolf is a must - I've probably eaten there a couple of dozen times over the past 15 years and the food has never disappointed.

            1. singleguychef RE: cortez Jan 7, 2008 09:00 AM

              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.

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                merle RE: singleguychef Jan 7, 2008 01:24 PM

                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.

              2. Robert Lauriston RE: cortez Jan 7, 2008 01:28 PM

                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.

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                  10foot5 RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 7, 2008 01:55 PM

                  This may be sacrilege around here, but I prefer the pizza at Dopo to that at Pizzaolo - especially Dopo’s house pizza with anchovies.

                  If the kitchen is not too busy they will even do take-out and Dopo’s pizza definitely definitely travels better than Pizzaolo’s.

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                    The Dive RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 8, 2008 09:56 AM

                    We had a great pizza last week at Dopo with hedgehog mushrooms and lemon zest. However, I still think the gas oven makes it come second (albeit close) to Pizzaola.

                  2. hohokam RE: cortez Jan 7, 2008 03:10 PM

                    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.

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                      pirog RE: cortez Jan 7, 2008 03:52 PM

                      Bay Wolf is always delicious - it's more pricey/classy than most of the spots on Piedmont Ave. Dopo is also yummy and I like Cesar too, but it can be a little pricey.

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                        Robert Lauriston RE: pirog Jan 7, 2008 04:21 PM

                        We had a good meal at Bay Wolf last year but I wasn't happy with the wine list or the lack of a cheese plate (weird for a place with such a strong French influence).

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                          milklady RE: pirog Jan 7, 2008 05:16 PM

                          I had a pretty mediocre meal at Bay Wolf recently. I wash horrified by "haricot verts" that were so mushy and gross they really seemed like canned green beans. The patio and service were pleasant, but I can't get over the green beans.

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                          laurenb RE: cortez Jan 7, 2008 05:33 PM

                          Since you said you lived there before I thought I would bring up Little Shin Shin. I grew up in Piedmont and it has and always will be a favorite of mine.Shin Shin special Prawns, Mu Shu Pork and Kung Pao Beef are by far the best chinese dishes I have had.

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                            lexdevil RE: laurenb Jan 7, 2008 06:11 PM

                            Change of ownership in the past year has led to a downward slide in the kitchen.

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                            klyeoh RE: cortez Mar 4, 2008 05:13 PM

                            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.

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