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Jan 10, 2010 08:46 AM

Sunday night, East Bay dinner: help an ex-Oakland hound

I moved away from the Bay Area two years ago and am back for a brief visit - where should I go for a Sunday dinner with familiy in the East Bay? I would go with my old favorite, Pizzaiolo, but it's closed, as is Adesso, which I would love to try.

Are there any new places (new meaning opened in the past year or two) that may not yet be on my radar that would be open Sunday? Ideal price point is in the Pizzaiolo/Dopo range, although we could spring for something a bit more pricey like Camino or Flora if it would be worth it.

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  1. How about Bocanova or Pican? Pican is on the high side, but it's good.

      1. Camino is my new favorite restaurant. To me it's sort of like a cross between upstairs and downstairs at Chez Panisse.

        Unfortunately I guess Boot & Shoe Service (Pizzaiolo #2) is also closed Sundays.

        Other places I like that are open Sundays: Wood Tavern, Oliveto, Corso, Barlata, À Côté.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I'd concur with any of these suggestions if the poster isn't set on going someplace new.

          1. re: lexdevil

            Likely hasn't been to barlata, if gone two years.

        2. How about Flora? It has a great space, if a bit loud, exceptional bar and good food. Camino has become a go-to for us. Casual, friendly. They make a great Manhattan that's not a Manhattan. Also you might want to try Sidebar.

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          1. re: mt_belly

            Barlata is great, and soon to have a full bar.
            But Corso is really really good and so is camino. having been to all 3 in the past month I would go to Camino. Too bad it is not monday.

            1. re: Brentley

              Why too bad it's not Monday? Corso and Barlata are open seven days, Camino's closed Tuesdays.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Robert. I really liked Camino both times I've eaten there. The food was great but it was extremely loud and not that comfortable. I do love the way it looks from the outside as I drive by, but won't go back because of the noise.

                1. re: oakjoan

                  Compared with Pizzaiolo? They sometimes exacerbate the roar of the crowd with loud music, and Camino doesn't. Neither is in the same league with Adesso, Cesar, or Luka's, where at peak times conversation can be next to impossible.

                  When it's not full Camino can be pretty quiet. It's noisy when full, but I've never had trouble talking with my immediate dining companions. With a party of six the people at the far ends might have trouble hearing each other.

                2. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Camino does 'Crab Mondays' now. Prix fixe menu revolving around our friend, the crab.

              2. Noodle Theory-Rockridge's Five Points area (College and Claremont)

                Barclay's (near Noodle Theory)

                Little Shin Shin (Piedmont Ave)

                Angelina's (Shattuck)

                Jupiter (Shattuck)

                ...all a bit lower priced, and many Berkeley ones are empty with students are gone...


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                1. re: Munching Mark

                  None of these places are new. Noodle Theory and Angelina's opened a few years ago, and the rest have been around for a long time. Also, I wouldn't recommend Barclays for the food (though it's a fun bar), or Little Shin Shin at all.

                  1. re: JasmineG

                    I wouldn't put Barclay's in the league with many of the other places mentioned, but it is a big step up from standard "pub food" where it usually gets lumped into. And I think their burgers are great, when you feel like a burger.

                  2. re: Munching Mark

                    I don't think any of those places except have food as good as they serve at Flora, let alone at Pizzaiolo, Dopo, Adesso, or Camino.

                    Angeline's is pretty good, but there's not much reason for someone in town for a few days to eat Creole / Cajun food.