This is a funny little place on International – formerly a Raiders-centric sports bar, it recently became a Lao restaurant, with some vestigial sports bar menu. The night we went, we were entertained by So You Think You Can Dance on the flat screen TV on the ceiling, and a veritable parade of commercial sex workers outside.
The food is very good – we only had the Lao food that night, because the cook who does all the non-Lao stuff was out of the country. It’s the only place that I’ve been to besides Champa Garden that does the fried rice ball salad – Black and Silver’s version is a little less crunchy, and has more sausage. The larb and Lao sausage were very good as well. Everything tasted fresh and homey – I wouldn’t say that it was superior to any other version I’ve had, but everything was very good.
This is a good alternative to Champa Garden (which frequently seem to have long lines), as long as you’re comfortable with some of the seedier aspects of Oakland life.
2102 8th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606