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Heading to Oakland for work and meeting some close family friends for dinner there. We all love chinese food and I understand there are some terrific places there. Would appreciate any recommendation for downtown oakland. If good vietnamese, also interested. This is for dinner, some adventurous eaters/some kids.

Thanks hounds!

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks - which place(s) do you recommend and what do you like to order?

      1. re: jessejames

        Shanghai: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/418973

        Spices!3: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46268

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Thanks Robert. Any place in Oakland have the live king crab, abalone or geoduck like ive seen in socal?

          the dumplings at shanghai sound great too!

          1. re: jessejames

            The bigger places like Legendary Palace and Peony might have them in stock -- call them after their dim sum rush. I've also seen some ppl order it(geoduck) at Gold Medal sashimi style.

            1. re: jessejames

              Legendary Palace has a seasonally varying selection of live seafood. That's pretty much their specialty. Call or stop by to see what they have on any particular day.

              http://www.themenupage.com/legendaryp....

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Thank you both so much for your quick responses.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  went to legendary seafood. buddy's wife (berkeley vegetarian) called the fish/lobster/crab tanks 'death row.' enjoyed steamed rock cod with scallions and light soy/wine kind of sauce, dried scallop fried rice, a few abalone, salt and pepper dungeness crabs and a nice peking duck (great crispy skin) for good measure. Also ample veggies for the veggies. thanks for the tip, we enjoyed it and it was a hit with the rugrats.

                  1. re: jessejames

                    Thanks for reporting back

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                    Legendary Palace
                    708 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607