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Jun 8, 2012 10:36 AM

Last five meals in the Bay

With heavy hearts (and hungry tummies!) we are getting ready to move from the Bay Area. We want to soak up as many fresh California flavors as we can before we head east. What are the top five, can't be missed places to visit in SF / Oakland / Berkeley?

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  1. 1. I would go to one blow out, Californian inspired meal. Saison, Coi, Benu, Atelier Crenn etc.

    2. I would want to sit outside, in the sun, as much as possible. Maybe get Bi-Rite ice cream in SF and head over to the park. Or go to Cheeseboard and sit on the grassy median on a sunny day. That sort of thing. Maybe go to Off the Grid in SF. To the Ferry Builiding on a Saturday morning.

    1. How about squeezing in one day Napa trip with wine tastings and comfort food at like Ad Hoc.

      1. If I were moving to Italy, A Cote, AQ, Bar Tartine, Camino, Lers Ros, St. Vincent, and Wood Tavern.

        If I were moving somewhere else, Barbacco, Cotogna, Dopo, Incanto, La Ciccia, Oliveto, and Perbacco.

        1. I guess it depends where you're moving to. Where to?

          I'd probably skip Off the Grid... again, depending where you're moving to. If you're moving to New York, then forget it completely.

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          1. re: dunstable

            Moving to NYC - so good food, but still not Cali. :)

            1. re: GGCiaoChow

              Hmmmmmmmmmmm. My personal, subjective-but-sorta-taking-into-account-that-you-are-moving-to-NYC top five then would be Incanto, Ippuku (they do have real izakayas, more than here, but I'm not sure you can get chicken tartare in NYC), Coi, Waterbar and... I can't pick a fifth; there are lots of places.

              If you were in the habit of eating a Mission burrito regularly; I'd eat up now, as it's not quite the same over there.

              Burgers are also much worse over there. It always seems silly to me when New Yorkers argue about "Best Burger in NYC." It's kinda like arguing about the most genteel Real Housewife, fancy Boulud burgers notwithstanding.

          2. Atelier Crenn
            Ferry Plaza
            Bistro Ralph