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"Higher-End" Takeout -- Oakland/Berkeley?

The Dive Nov 28, 2011 12:34 PM

I need to bring home "restaurant" food for dinner tonight and was planning on hitting Boot and Shoe Service for salads, pastas and pizzas, but it is closed on Monday. Any other ideas of Oakland/Berkeley restaurants that are conducive to take-out? My fall-back is Southie, but I wanted a slightly bigger menu if possible. Is PIzzaiola as good with take-out as B&S?

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

6311 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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    dordogne RE: The Dive Nov 28, 2011 03:02 PM

    Gregoire (Cedar in Berkeley and Piedmont in Oakland) has excellent take-out, but closer to fine dining appetizers and mains, not pizza and salads.


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      betterbeheaven RE: The Dive Nov 28, 2011 04:38 PM

      Summer Kitchen & Bake Shop was originally conceived as a mostly take out place, though people tend to eat there. Their chicken tenders are delicious.


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        kellylee RE: betterbeheaven Nov 28, 2011 06:10 PM

        I can vouch for the deliciousness of Summer Kitchen's pizzas. I sampled them at COLLECTOR's opening party (new gallery next door to SK).

      2. Cindy RE: The Dive Nov 29, 2011 08:51 AM

        I know it's the day after, but Le Bedaine has great food for takeout!

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          SerenaE RE: Cindy Nov 29, 2011 11:10 AM

          Second La Bedaine. They are the best - great food and a wonderful young couple who runs the place.

        2. The Dive RE: The Dive Nov 29, 2011 12:19 PM

          I ended up at Gregoire's -- it was a hit, especially this months calamari and oxtails. Thanks for reminding me about the option.

          Le Bendaine is my favorite as well, but would have been too far out of the way.

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            wolfe RE: The Dive Nov 29, 2011 12:31 PM

            La Bedaine

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            bgbc RE: The Dive Nov 29, 2011 01:29 PM

            I also know it's a day late, but Soi Four is great for takeout. You'll need to call 20-25 minutes before picking up, a bit longer than other places.

            Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery
            5421 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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              The Dive RE: bgbc Nov 29, 2011 04:44 PM

              We did that the day after Thanksgiving!

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                bgbc RE: The Dive Nov 30, 2011 01:26 PM

                Hope it hit the spot! My favorite dishes to go are ones that travel well and don't rely on a range of crispy/crunchy/firm textures to taste their best, as everything obviously gets a bit condensation-soaked on the way home.

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              rubadubgdub RE: The Dive Dec 2, 2011 01:32 PM

              Just wanted to comment on takeout from Pizzaiolo: I wouldn't do it. They're not really set up to do takeout and parking is pretty tight at dinner hour. I called in a two pizza order and arrived after the appointed time and the food still wasn't ready. There's nowhere to wait without getting in someone's way, no one designated to deal with your inquiries, and the prospect of getting a parking ticket because the timing is off.

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