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NY Hound considering move West, need help and convincing

bladerobbins | Jan 30, 200807:31 AM

As the title suggests, we are thinking of moving to the Bay Area this summer and are taking our first scouting trip in two weeks. I've been scouring this board for suggestions, but am a little overwhelmed, as I know so little of the area.

Basically, I am looking for food that is special to this part of the country - unique Asian cuisines, great Mexican, good sustainable, organic California cooking. One of my favorite things to do in NY is to explore hole-in-the wall joints in the Outer Borroughs that serve excellent (but not fancy) offerings from their native cuisines. I'd love to hit up a couple of places along these lines, as well as one or two mid-range local favorites. Basically, I'd love to get a sense of what it would be like to live around there. No cuisines are off limits - except maybe NY deli and bagels.

We're going to be staying at my boyfriend's brother's place in Berkeley (sadly, he won't be there to show us around), so places in that area are good. Other places on the schedule:

-Arriving late into SFO driving to Berkeley - would love to pick up some good take out on the way home
-Oakland near Mills College Friday morning - perhaps breakfast or lunch round there
-Near Pier 39 on Saturday all day for a meeting - a late lunch near there

Other than that, I just want to explore and see where the food takes me.

Thank you so much for your help. I will gladly reciprocate for any eastern bound Californians...

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