Hi Bay Area Chowhounds,
In a few weeks, myself and CHOW senior editor Roxanne Webber are heading to Oakland as part of the next CHOW Tour. We're looking to create some CHOW videos about the Oakland food scene, and plan to focus on chefs and restaurants that specialize in handcrafted food. We'd love to find special, off-the-beaten-path stuff to cover, but that said, we don't want to miss out on key places.
We'll have about a week in town.
Here's a few ideas we have from interviewing some Oakland folks, and skimming the boards:
-The rise of Neo-Southern cuisine, like Pican and Brown Sugar Kitchen: any others?
-Ethnic Food Hotbed: of the Lao food along International Blvd, and the Korean and Ethiopian on Telegraph, are there places in particular we shouldn’t miss?
-Frozen Desserts: aside from Scream and Lush, where else can we get our sweet fix?
-Relaxed fine dining: Plum, Mua, Pizzaiolo?
-What are we missing that really defines the food of Oakland? Which chefs/restaurants would you really want to see covered?
Thanks for your help,
Blake Smith of CHOW.com