What to Eat Now

21 Don't-Miss Dishes


Were we given just one more day to eat in the East Bay, here’s what we would order, and where and why.

  1. Bailey & Long Family Farms grilled pork chop with grilled peaches.
    Rhapsodic and velvety-soft. Revival Bar + Kitchen, 2102 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. www.revivalbarandkitchen.com
  2. Potato salad.
    Could win any blue ribbon at any fair, anywhere. Souley Vegan, 301 Broadway, Oakland. www.souleyvegan.com
  3. Tandoori scallops in yogurt-cashew-tamarind sauce.
    You’ll never crave coquilles St. Jacques again. Ajanta, 1888 Solano Ave., Berkeley. www.ajantarestaurant.com
  4. Crawfish mac-’n’-cheese.
    Spoonworthily creamy and royally chunky under a crisp golden top. Picán, 2295 Broadway, Oakland. www.picanrestaurant.com
  5. Black-and-tan sundae.
    Beloved for more than a century. Fenton’s Creamery, 4226 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. www.fentonscreamery.com
  6. Spätzle.
    The other thing Switzerland does best. Gaumenkitzel Restaurant, 2121 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. www.gaumenkitzel.net
  7. Tea-leaf salad.
    Love tea? Eat tea — with garlic. Burma Superstar, 1345 Park St., Alameda and 4721 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. www.burmasuperstar.com
  8. Hand-pulled noodles.
    Thick and chewy and pulled right before your eyes; no two strands are alike. Imperial Tea Court, 1511 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. www.imperialtea.com
  9. Avocado tacos with garlic-bean purée and tomatillo salsa.
    Crunchy outside, creamy inside. Disco Volante, 347 14th St., Oakland. www.discovolanteoakland.com
  10. Tomato fish.
    Looks like a fish; tastes like a fish; isn’t a fish. Golden Lotus Vegetarian, 1301 Franklin St., Oakland. www.goldenlotusvege.com
  11. Chili ribs.
    Hot and sweet. Xyclo, 4218 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. www.xyclorestaurant.com
  12. Salted-caramel pudding.
    Comfort food meets crashing surf. Flora, 1900 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. www.floraoakland.com
  13. Spicy buttermilk-fried Fulton Valley chicken paillard, buttermilk waffle and cream gravy or Vermont maple syrup, or both.
    They call it the “Demon Lover.” 900 Grayson, 900 Grayson St., Berkeley. www.900Grayson.com
  14. Sauerkraut.
    The Teutonic tonic. Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda. www.speisekammer.com
  15. Meatloaf with tasso-ham gravy.
    Not your middle-school cafeteria’s meatloaf. Chop Bar, 247 Fourth St., Oakland. www.oaklandchopbar.com
  16. Grilled Niman Ranch beef-heart skewers.
    We heart heart. Brasa, 1960 University Ave., Berkeley. www.brasajoint.com
  17. Vegan mac-and-cheese.
    Filling and thrilling. Homeroom, 400 40th St., Oakland. www.homeroom510.com
  18. Poached egg yolk with alliums, smoked dates and malt.
    Fruit, flowers and the farm. Commis, 3859 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. www.commisrestaurant.com
  19. Chiles rellenos stuffed with yellow squash, goat cheese, raisins and pine nuts.
    Tender songs of sunshine. Doña Tomás, 5004 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. www.domatomas.com
  20. Pancakes.
    Half an inch high, half a foot wide: Diner-rific. Fifth Wheel Food, 898 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro. www.fifthwheelfood.com
  21. Tempura-fried Oreos.
    Do you even have to ask? Sumo Grub, 2235 Milvia St., Berkeley. www.sumogrub.com


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