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Apr 5, 2008 10:26 PM

Need options for non-foodie coworkers on overnight BA trip

I grew up in the East Bay (does any one else remember Bartola's?). It is a business trip we take often (to Hayward), and I want to break them out of their mold. Too often I am forced to join them to a trip to Scott's in J. London Square, while knowing that there are better (and less expensive) options to be had. Zachary's Chicago Pizza comes to mind.

Where can I take this white collar group for a culinary mind-blowing experience, not found in Seattle, on the cheap?

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  1. These are not cheap. But Scott's price or lower. Great food!

    The Egg Shop just began dinner service three months ago. Very good

    Soizic Restaurant
    300 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

    Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery
    5421 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

    Montclair Egg Shop
    6126 Medau Pl, Oakland, CA 94611

    1. A 2nd on Soizic Restaurant, a nice place.

      On the cheap makes this question a bit difficult. What's cheap to you?

      Not found in Seattle: check out Tamarindo Antojeria, in Old Oakland, small plate Mexican with style, refined...not cheap but on par with Scott's. Then you can walk next door and have a Belgian brew at The Trappist. That combo would be very Bay Area and unique.

      Also might check out Otaez Restaurant on International Blvd (East 14th). There's another branch in Alameda. Won't find that in Seattle. You might look at Luka's ... you can get it in Seattle but nice change up from Scott's, etc.

      Re: Bartola's, indeed! Fresh bread and well drinks.