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When a Michelin-starred chef opens a restaurant inspired by craft brews, it’s clear the revolution is complete: Beer has become the new wine. The Dock, located in an offbeat West Oakland site next to Linden Street Brewery, showcases James Syhabout’s approachable and high-concept cuisine. Pineapple-spiked chicken wings are sweet, salty, and sour—but not sticky. A delicately crusted fish po’ boy fits into playfully conjoined slider buns. Grilled calamari is studded with unusually crisp fried shelling beans. And spherical corn dogs of spicy linguica are paired with beer-spiked coarse mustard. Like the food, The Dock’s atmosphere is refined yet relaxed, with a breezy dining room accented with refurbished wood. The beer menu here is eclectic, but the staff will guide you to a pint—and a pairing—as pleasing as any fine wine. Dinner Tues.–Sat.
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