What to Eat Now
21 Don't-Miss Dishes
By Anneli Rufus
Were we given just one more day to eat in the East Bay, here’s what we would order, and where and why.
Bailey & Long Family Farms grilled pork chop with grilled peaches.
Rhapsodic and velvety-soft. Revival Bar + Kitchen, 2102 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. www.revivalbarandkitchen.com
Could win any blue ribbon at any fair, anywhere. Souley Vegan, 301 Broadway, Oakland. www.souleyvegan.com
Tandoori scallops in yogurt-cashew-tamarind sauce.
You’ll never crave coquilles St. Jacques again. Ajanta, 1888 Solano Ave., Berkeley. www.ajantarestaurant.com
Spoonworthily creamy and royally chunky under a crisp golden top. Picán, 2295 Broadway, Oakland. www.picanrestaurant.com
Beloved for more than a century. Fenton’s Creamery, 4226 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. www.fentonscreamery.com
The other thing Switzerland does best. Gaumenkitzel Restaurant, 2121 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. www.gaumenkitzel.net
Love tea? Eat tea — with garlic. Burma Superstar, 1345 Park St., Alameda and 4721 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. www.burmasuperstar.com
Thick and chewy and pulled right before your eyes; no two strands are alike. Imperial Tea Court, 1511 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. www.imperialtea.com
Avocado tacos with garlic-bean purée and tomatillo salsa.
Crunchy outside, creamy inside. Disco Volante, 347 14th St., Oakland. www.discovolanteoakland.com
Looks like a fish; tastes like a fish; isn’t a fish. Golden Lotus Vegetarian, 1301 Franklin St., Oakland. www.goldenlotusvege.com
Hot and sweet. Xyclo, 4218 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. www.xyclorestaurant.com
Comfort food meets crashing surf. Flora, 1900 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. www.floraoakland.com
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
The Teutonic tonic. Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda. www.speisekammer.com
Meatloaf with tasso-ham gravy.
Not your middle-school cafeteria’s meatloaf. Chop Bar, 247 Fourth St., Oakland. www.oaklandchopbar.com
Grilled Niman Ranch beef-heart skewers.
We heart heart. Brasa, 1960 University Ave., Berkeley. www.brasajoint.com
Filling and thrilling. Homeroom, 400 40th St., Oakland. www.homeroom510.com
Poached egg yolk with alliums, smoked dates and malt.
Fruit, flowers and the farm. Commis, 3859 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. www.commisrestaurant.com
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
Half an inch high, half a foot wide: Diner-rific. Fifth Wheel Food, 898 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro. www.fifthwheelfood.com
Do you even have to ask? Sumo Grub, 2235 Milvia St., Berkeley. www.sumogrub.com