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1. Lost & Found2040 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
2. Genny's BBQ Pit6637 Bancroft Ave, Oakland
3. Barlago550 Grand Ave, Oakland
4. alaMar100 Grand Ave, Oakland
5. Michel Bistro3343 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland
6. Amba Falafel6464 Moraga Ave, Oakland
7. The Golden Bull412 14th St, Oakland
8. Standard Fare2701 8th St, Berkeley
L&F's a beer garden from the people behind The Layover Music Bar and Lounge that has a huge selection of local and European craft beers and comfort food like instant ramen "Cheetos" or spicy Korean wings, all of which can be enjoyed on their 7,000sqft outdoor patio.
Back from a fiery grave, this BBQ shack serves up its original menu with some extras (see: BBQ brisket and fried catfish po-boys). Expect typical BBQ sides like homey candied yams, Louisiana-style red beans and rice, and slabs of moist cornbread to go with your ribs.
This Italian kitchen turns out classic pastas and entrees alongside a full bar that features the spirits of Italy. On the right night, the bolognonese out on the heated patio with a bruschetta trio to start could be the perfect way to wind down a day.
Located in Oakland, alaMar marries an industrial port city vibe (alaMar means "to the sea") with Cajun cooking brought back to its Mediterranean roots. Think upscale takes on traditional dishes like local Delta crayfish with a Meyer lemon pepper sauce, house pork sausage, and Spring garlic.
This bistro looks to Provence for dish inspirations. That means escargot, bone marrow with brioche, and mussels & fries make up the menu for dinner while pain perdu and omelets are the focus for brunch. The wine list is all French (bien sur!) and the cocktails come French-inspired.
This beloved Oakland spot originally served only vegetarian fare, but they ALSO serve kosher meat dishes now, so you have no excuses left not to go.
Located right off Broadway, this cocktail bar is a prime spot to have a drink (especially one of their many craft 'tails), especially during their all-day happy hour, which again, is ALL DAY!
Located in Berkeley, this spot stocks full multi-person meals that they serve up in awesome ceramic take-home pots that you just slide in the microwave or oven. And the coolest part? You won't get charged for using the pots if you return 'em within 10 days.