Here's a list the CC Times choices for the top five new East Bay restaurants of 2005. Although it does have Zuppa on there ... sometimes dining in the East Bay can get sparse so we need to cross that bridge.
There are some honorable mentions in there. Good for them for doing a review of Swish Wine Bar a little while ago. If any worthy little business needs a nod, it is this Pinole wine bar / shop.
I'm with them on Sea Salt. My last week's top five list.
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Your top five tastes for 2005 - new or old?