It’s got laid-back, destination-worthy restaurants, a vibrant ethnic food scene (Burmese!), and a homegrown booze movement. All with fewer tourists and tech moguls than that city across the bay. Welcome to Oakland.

It’s got laid-back, destination-worthy restaurants, a vibrant ethnic food scene (Burmese!), and a homegrown booze movement. All with fewer tourists and tech moguls than that city across the bay. Welcome to Oakland.

If you’re going to make a day of it, you might as well eat well.  Since The Chronicle offices are nearby, I know this area well.  All but one are open for both lunch and dinner; the lone exception is the Rotunda, which is only open during the day, but is a special part of the downtown dining scene.  Even after 20 years this Italian-inspired restaurant looks fresh and features a grown-up brasserie atmosphere for lunch or a full-on dinner.  Top recommendations on Sharon Nahm’s Asian-inspired…

If you’re going to make a day of it, you might as well eat well. Since The Chronicle offices are nearby, I know this area well. All but one are open for both lunch and dinner; the lone exception is the Rotunda, which is only open during the day, but is a special part of the downtown dining scene. Even after 20 years this Italian-inspired restaurant looks fresh and features a grown-up brasserie atmosphere for lunch or a full-on dinner. Top recommendations on Sharon Nahm’s Asian-inspired…

Leave the raincoat, bring your appetite. The capital of the Pacific Northwest is aglow with new restaurants, a revitalized historic square, and the best urban picnicking around

Leave the raincoat, bring your appetite. The capital of the Pacific Northwest is aglow with new restaurants, a revitalized historic square, and the best urban picnicking around

Best New Restaurants in Oakland - 2015

Best New Restaurants in Oakland - 2015

Hidden Secrets • When the toys are planning the rescue of Woody, Etch-a-Sketch shows a map to Al’s Toy Barn located at 1001 West Cutting Boulevard. This is the address of Pixar Animation Studios in Richmond, California.

Hidden Secrets • When the toys are planning the rescue of Woody, Etch-a-Sketch shows a map to Al’s Toy Barn located at 1001 West Cutting Boulevard. This is the address of Pixar Animation Studios in Richmond, California.

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