This is where it all started—well, sort of. In 1944, Vic Bergeron (aka Trader Vic) renamed his popular Hinky Dinks bar in Oakland Trader Vic’s. Later, he moved the business to the Emeryville marina, and the empire built on tropical drinks and Americanized Polynesian fare was born. If you haven’t been to Trader Vic’s in a while, you’re in for a surprise. Yes, kitschy standards like crab Rangoon and chicken chow mein are still here, but so is au courant fare like smoked salmon with caviar, soy-marinated squab, and grilled beef fillet with seared foie gras. And those mai tais are still potent. Lunch and dinner daily.