This article really hypes up Rockridge. Truly a great place, but this is so close to Berkeley and super crowded. I wonder if Ramen Shop will ever have reasonable lines when the hype dies down. Seems like this neighborhood is just chronically crowded for restaurants new and old.
Personally, I prefer JLS (Lungomare, Nido, Forge, Haven, ABC), Downtown Oakland (Beauty's, Plum, Xolo, Duende, Hawker Fare, etc.), Temescal (Betty's, Pizzaiolo, ??), West Oakland (Bside, Fusebox, ??) and Grand Lake (Boot & Shoe, Grand Tavern, etc.) areas to Rockridge. What are people's ratings and favorite neighborhoods to go out in and check out some of the new (or older but still top of the game) restaurants?
Also, feel free to list your fav's by neighborhood.