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Dec 13, 2010 09:06 AM

Where else can I sit at the counter and watch the magic?

We thoroughly enjoyed sitting at the counter at Commis last night and watching the chefs do their cheffing. Now we want to do the same elsewhere. Does any other restaurant offer such a great view of the kitchen?

3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

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  1. You could go to Canteen and sit at the counter as Canteen's kitchen is almost as small as Commis'. Most restaurants have a much larger kitchen than Commis so you don't get to see quite as much. At A16 you can watch the pizza guy and the meats getting cooked (two different stations) if you sit at the counter. We did that a few weeks ago.

    2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

    3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

    1. Wood Tavern in Oakland on College Avenue has a couple of cozy stools with a view. Great food, too!

      Wood Tavern
      6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        1. Brandy Ho's on Columbus. If you sit at the counter just to the right of the pass, you get to see the wok cooks in action (pretty intense), and as an added bonus you can check out everyone's finished dishes waiting to be picked up at the pass, only a couple of feet away..

          Brandy Ho's Hunan Food
          217 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133

          1. You can sit at the counter and watch the wok show at Henry's Hunan on Sacramento St. (between Montgomery & Kearny).

            I also recommend sitting at the counter at Joe's of Westlake in Daly City (John Daly Blvd.). Watching the cooks work the sautee pans is quite a show.

            4 Replies
            1. re: DavidT

              Forgot about Joe's. Apart from the cooking show, with that 1000+-degree charbroiler, what I find interesting there is how the expediter (or whatever you call him) shuffles the orders around and calls them out to the cooks at the proper time, so that a table's completed order is synchronized. I bet that's not easy.

              1. re: DavidT

                There's really nothing more showy than experienced short order cooks during the breakfast rush.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Pork Shop Cafe, Haight and Ashbury for example.

                2. re: DavidT

                  The Corte Madera Joe's also has a great counter ton watch the action from.

                  2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025