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from left: courtesy of comal; Jennifer Martiné; Angela Decenzo; jennifer martiné; sara remington food finds Delicious Destinations » The East Bay is bursting at the seams with awesome eats. Check out these great neighborhoods that give Berkeley’s famed Gourmet Ghetto a run for its money. 1/ Downtown Berkeley Long a haven for cash-strapped Cal kids, downtown’s scene has grown up. Eco-conscious Gather crafts delicious dishes out of pristine seasonal ingredients. Cali- Mexican Comal is one of the city’s hottest hangs, and Revival Bar and Kitchen serves farm-to-fork fare with some of the area’s best cocktails. 809-0400, gatherrestaurant. com; 926-6300, comalberkeley. com; 549-9950, revivalbarand kitchen.com. 2/ Jack London Square 16 theberkeleyoaklandbook.com Hip newbies pumped new life into this historic Oakland square. Haven offers seasonal California comfort fare and killer cocktails, Bocanova serves sophisticated pan-Latin, while Forge fires up satisfying Neapolitan-style thin crust. 663-4440, haven oakland. com; 444-1233, bocanova.com; 268- 3200, theforgepizza.com. 3/ Old Oakland The red-hot dining scene now matches the architecture in this picturesque pocket of downtown. Cosecha dishes up gourmet Mexican market food. Start with the tagliatelle ragu and end with an Italian pastry at elegant Borgo Italia. Finally, Miss Ollie’s elevated Caribbean fare is a must-try. 452- 5900, cosecha cafe.com; 251- 1008, borgoitalia oakland.com; 285- 6188, missollies oakland.com. 4/ Rockridge À Côté (Mediterranean), Oliveto (Italian), and Wood Tavern (new American) have long drawn foodies to this premiere Oakland strip. You can add Box and Bells and A16 Rockridge, set to open this spring, to that list, too. 655-6469, acote restaurant.com; 547- 5356, oliveto.com; 654- 6607, woodtavern.net. ▼ ▼ 5/ Temescal ▼ ▼ ▼ Doña Tomás (chiles rellenos) and Pizzaiolo (one word: pizza) started the culinary renaissance in Oakland’s hipster ’hood. You can get tapas at Barlata and Burmese at Burma Superstar. Don’t forget Bakesale Betty’s fried chicken sandwiches. 450- 0522, donatomas. com; 652-4888, pizzaiolooakland. com; 450-0678, barlata.com; 652- 2900, burma superstar.com; 985-1213, bake salebetty.com/. »


The Oakland Berkley Book March 2013
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