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Dinner this week end on Grand or Piedmond Ave in Oakland

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polux3 Oct 19, 2010 09:53 PM

I use to live in Oakland in this neighborhood. Since then, there has been a lot of new restaurant opening and I don't have a clue which one to go for. Commis is full, sidebar?, grand tavern?, boot and shoe? etc...

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Commis
3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

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  1. bbulkow RE: polux3 Oct 19, 2010 10:38 PM

    Since it'll be personal preference, describe what you like.

    You should add Plum and Flora to your list.

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      JasmineG RE: bbulkow Oct 20, 2010 10:42 AM

      Wrong neighborhood, though I like both places.

    2. JasmineG RE: polux3 Oct 19, 2010 10:45 PM

      I'd go for Dopo, Adesso, or Boot and Shoe of the options. I like Sidebar, but it would be behind those.

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      Dopo
      4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

      Adesso
      4395 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA

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        Pius Avocado III RE: polux3 Oct 20, 2010 08:16 AM

        I'd say Camino is alongside Commis as the most significant openings of the past few years; I'm hoping the "roast pork leg, crispy pork belly and pig’s head fritter with roasted
        carrots, sauerkraut and spätzle" currently on the menu sticks around for Monday's Oktoberfest menu.

        1. lucymom RE: polux3 Oct 20, 2010 09:43 AM

          Grand Tavern has awesome cocktails. Haven't tried their food though. What I've done is gone to Boot and Shoe for dinner and walked over to Grand Tavern for drinks afterwards. I did not like the cocktails at Boot and Shoe.

          On Piedmont Ave, I've started at Adesso (they make a great greyhound) for drinks and apps and headed over to Dopo for dinner. You can put your name down at Dopo and head over to Adesso and they will call you when your table is ready.

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          Dopo
          4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

          Adesso
          4395 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA

          The Grand Tavern
          3601 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

          Boot and Shoe Service
          3308 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

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          1. re: lucymom
            daveena RE: lucymom Oct 20, 2010 11:05 AM

            I've consistently had excellent cocktails at Boot and Shoe. GT's cocktails have dipped a bit in quality ever since the bartender I used to always see there left for Sidebar.

          2. singleguychef RE: polux3 Oct 20, 2010 11:33 AM

            I think depends what kind of experience you want and also if you plan to make reservations or just walk in, because a lot of places in those neighborhoods don't really take reservations.

            I think Dopo is always a good bet, and Camino is good to check out but be warned that the dishes are very minimalist. (Some people rave but I've been underwhelmed.) Everyone else noted all the other good places too, and I'd just throw in Cesar on Piedmont just as another option because it has a fun vibe. Haven't been there since they changed to a Latin focus, but they have a nice patio section.

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            Dopo
            4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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              JasmineG RE: singleguychef Oct 20, 2010 11:39 AM

              Sadly, I've been really disappointed in Cesar Latino. I still love the space and the drinks (and the patatas bravas) but everything else that I've had there is done better for less elsewhere, and it's kind of a weird mishmash.

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              Bar César
              4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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                phoenikia RE: singleguychef Oct 20, 2010 11:42 AM

                I visited both Dopo and Cesar in August.

                While I enjoyed the pan-Latin share plates I tried at Cesar (a shrimp cocktail, patatas bravas, an unusual take on a chile relleno), and the vibe was certainly fun, I thought the food at Dopo offered more bang for the buck.

                Really enjoyed the antipasto platter and vegetable platters at Dopo. We ordered family style for our group, so I was able to try 2 pastas (including an amazing sand dab, basil and white wine pasta), the lasagna, 2 pizzas, as well as a couple desserts. Everything I tried was good, if not great. Nice manager and servers, too.

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                Dopo
                4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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