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HELP Birthday Dinner Suggestions

K. McB. | May 7, 200305:23 PM

Coming in from NYC for a surprise birthday dinner for my mom and it's like pulling teeth trying to figure out where to go. I've trolled the boards but there's just too much. Any and all suggestions are very appreciated. Here's the basics: They live in the East Bay so probably SF or Oakland/Berkeley area. The family likes Asian, seafood and California stylee food. (We would especially dig the latter since we don't live there.) They don't drink. (We do.) No Chinese. Past places they've liked and would go again: Chez Panisse, Bix (anyone been lately?), and they really like Ana Mandera but I'm a bit hesitant on that. Also, one of us is unemployed so not fantastically expensive would be nice. I'm going to Tadich another night so that's out. Maybe Zuni not festive/fancy enough? Thank you all in advance.

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