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Chop Bar in Oakland: recommendations?


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Chop Bar in Oakland: recommendations?

abstractpoet | Oct 23, 2009 09:19 AM

After daveena mentioned in another discussion that the newly opened Chop Bar has some of the best sandwiches she's ever tasted ( ), I thought I'd start a new thread for people who have eaten here to share what they've tried and liked. I haven't been yet, but their roasted pig on flatbread, with a kick-ass condiment spread, was the best thing I tried at the recent Eat Real Festival (though this is not on their regular menu, apparently). I'm thinking about checking it out for dinner tonight, so I'm wondering if there's anything really excellent on the current menu that I should be sure to order.

The sandwiches on the lunch menu sound great. Any thoughts? Anyone tried the brunch?

The dinner menu also looks very appealing to me, but, as daveena said, it's a little bit all over the place.

Has anyone been for dinner? The different sections of the menu are slightly confusing. There are "snacks," which seem to be a variety of little appetizers and salad-type things. The bacon, garlic and parmesan popcorn ($3) jumps out at me as something that could be really amazing or really terrible. Sounds like a tasty bar snack to me, though.

Then there are "tablas," which seem to be larger appetizer plates for sharing--a charcuterie, their take on a seafood platter (with shrimp ceviche, tuna tartare, and gravlax), etc.

And then, there's a section of "cazuelas," which when I looked it up on Wikipedia is a kind of soup, but on this menu, they seem to be more small plates and side dishes? Prices range from $5 to $9. The Louisiana Shrimp ala Diabla ($8) sounds good--I wonder if this is more akin to the spicy shrimp at Fonda or the BBQ shrimp at Angeline's (both of which I love).

Finally there are four options for a main course, ranging in price from $12 to $15 (very reasonable!), all of which sound quite good. What have people tried and like/disliked? The gnocchi? The chicken and dumplings?

Sounds like ordering a few small plates and one main course to share might be a good way to go for two diners. Thoughts on portion sizes?

How about the wine on tap? Very intriguing idea to me, so I'm curious what people's impressions are.

If someone else knows how, or has the appropriate access, to create a new Restaurant listing for this, that'd be great. For now, I'll just list the address/website.

Chop Bar
247 4th St., #111, Oakland, CA

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