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Feb 6, 2010 03:37 PM

Birthday Dinner Not Too Expensive - SF, Berk., Oak.

I'm taking my sister out to dinner for her birthday and want someplace nice but not hugely expensive. We've been to Nopa a few times and SPQR (didn't like it much last time), A-16, Incanto, etc., that place in Oakland on Grand (up near Ace Hardware), Flora, and a bunch of others I can't recall off the cuff.

Am looking for something new.

All suggestions welcomed..

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  1. Recent visit to Digs Bistro very pleasant,

    Digs Bistro
    1453 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

    1. Marica in Oakland
      Eve in Berkeley

      1. Just went to Hibiscus, which just opened recently, so I guess it's new.

        Great food- large portions for the price. Carribean food by the chef from the Front Porch in SF (?). Great fish escaveche, fried chicken, pepperpot stew, grits with spicy crab. Fried plantains with garlic butter. Yum. Had a nice cocktail. Festive upscale atmosphere. I was there for a birthday dinner- might be nice for yours...

          1. Boot and Shoe Service? (No reservations, though, and only if you like Pizzaiolo.)

            Pican is great, but might be over your budget.


            Cesar on Piedmont is switching over to a Pan-Latin menu next week, so that would be new too (though Bocanova is already doing that style of food very well).