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Aug 13, 2008 05:17 PM

E. Bay Spot Good for 20-Something German Visitors

I'm expecting visitors -- a young German couple -- and want to take them to a restaurant or two in the East Bay (pref. Oakland or Berkeley) that (a) has great food, (b) has reasonable prices, and (c) is a memorable dining experience. Something that is totally unlike a place they'd find in Europe.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. Das Mittagessen an backen-verkauf betty's oder Abendessen am pizzaiolo on the same block.*
    *translation courtesy of babel fish.

    1. T-Rex if they'll eat spareribs.

      Ohgane for Korean. DIY grill.

      Second on Pizzaiolo. Germans are likely to say they get Italian at home, but not like that, they don't. And it's the most only-in-Oakland place I know.

      1. How about Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe for lunch or brunch?
        Converted service station turned classic diner
        - and great people watching while eating al fresco ...

        And, how about Cesar for weekend brunch or dinner?
        I personally like the Shattuck location better than Piedmont,
        casual place, great drinks & California inspired tapas
        = small plates, perfect for the jet lagged traveller.

        I have taken many Euro friends to both places ...

        Bar César
        1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

        Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
        4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

        1. Mexican ... Ortiz ... or if that is too real ... Dona Tomas.

          Actually somewhere between the two is Taco Grill in Oakland. It is at the Fruitdale market where they can get raspados or Mexican ice cream from Nieves Cinco de Mayo for desert along with a fresh churro. I don't know if it is true every week, but on a recent Sunday afternoon there was live music outsite. Taco Grill is real Mexican but they use organic ingrediants and Niman Ranch meats. It is nice and modern looking. You could also take them just a block over and get an aqua Fresca at Aqua de Oro taco truck. Best in the Bay area. Maybe stop by El Gordo and have them watch street food in action.