Not like any kind of hot urgent tip, but the new fried chicken/seafood takeout down the block from Arizmendi in Oakland (actually down the block and around the corner to the right, down toward the highway)...I think it's called "Louisiana" or something....has really really crisp and nicely seasoned fried chicken, and even the white meat wasn't dry. This is no kind of loving artisanal stuff, it's just a bleak impersonal takeout. But it's leagues better than Popeye's. Sides are poor. I have a takeout menu packed up somewhere, if someone doesn't cough up address I'll type it in later.
Arizmendi was as good as I've heard. Pizza isn't really pizza as I think of it, but it's real good. The corn scones are SO corny...i want all my scones from now on to taste like corn. and yet they're still somehow deeply sconey. Shortbread didn't thrill me. Didn't have any touch to it...just butter and sugar. Mabye if they baked it a bit longer, Idunno.
Everett and Jones in Hayward is under new ownership, and their cue is a shell of its former self. Avoid. Didn't get to compare to Carmen's.
The Patio on Dwight Way in Berkeley is excelling at portobello sandwiches, and I love the hyper crunchy onion rings. Burgers still good, they're not doing jambalaya much anymore. Beers still beautifully chosen and delivered.