I'm talking about the places that are so fantastically good and unique that when you take a visitor there they are immediately humbled by your amazing chowhounding abilities and decide that they will forever trust you in any matter concerning food or drink. And a place that gets near-universal approval from this board - one that would make a East Bay chowhound hall of fame if such a thing existed.
This can be anything from a taco truck on up. Oakland or Berkeley, and anywhere within 30 minutes of either.
I haven't tried many restaurants recommended on this board yet but the one I've been to that I would rank in or near this category is Nellie's.