My husband and I are going to see the Pixies tonight at the Fox and are going out to dinner prior. It's sort of a big deal, because we have a two year old and a two month old and this is our first night out in. . .I don't know, maybe a year? Anyway, looking for a place with excellent drinks and food and ideally an interesting ambience. I've never been to Flora, but I've heard good things and the drink list looks great. My DH is a former bartender so interesting drinks are definitely a plus(I met him when he was bartending ten years ago, and he's still my favorite drinking buddy). It's a bit pricy for us, but if you guys tell me the food is great I'm willing to do it.
I was also looking at the menu for Mua, which looks good and the prices are a little lower. I'm thinking the ambience might not be as "special", though. I considered Binh Minh Quan, which I used to love, but it's a little far and I recall some downhill reports. Also, might not quite be what we want for tonight. I was also thinking about that newish bar, Penelope. Is the food substantial enough and interesting enough for a light dinner?
So, opinions? Other places we should try? Thanks for any advice!
Binh Minh Quan
338 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607
2442A Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612