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Oct 1, 2009 09:04 PM

Oakland the culinary capital of Northern California?

I would have to "hella" agree.

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  1. I read the article early. It's a good read and it makes sense that restaurateurs are looking for a more favorable place to do business and it's good for Oakland, really good actually. I didn't read that Oakland was the culinary capital of NC however. Geographically and food/business-wise it fill the gap between SF and Berkeley quite nicely and naturally.

    1. there is an ENORMOUS difference between being the city where the best restauranteurs in northern california are going, and being the city where the best restaurants in northern california are.

      oakland's catching up to san francisco, sure; but out of gary danko, coi, the dining room, acquerello, la folie; only commis is anywhere near any of those

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      1. re: vulber

        That kind of upscale Frenchy stuff seems dated to me. I don't really like to eat that way, and I don't want to pay twice as much for a style of service and atmosphere that I'd rather do without. I'd rather eat at Camino than any of those places.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Well, Coi isn't dated upscale frenchy, though that's maybe the exception proving the rule. And even Patterson is making an oakland play.

          Still, I walked past the new Quince last night and it looked stunning. It took a while before it hit me what the special detail was, something I haven't seen in a long time here on the east side: tablecloths!

          1. re: Chuckles the Clone

            there are some damn fine restaurants in Oakland, and I would respectfully suggest that many of the pubs in Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley and San Leandro put SF to shame.