I eat in Oakland Chinatown fairly often, but I eat the same thing at the same restaurants over and over. Thought I'd list where I go and what I like, and encourage others to do the same. Here goes.
Gum Kuo-- this is my go-to.
Any soup, their broth is sensational and their wontons plump, juicy, homemade. Their noodle dishes are good as well--I like Singapore rice noodles and any chow mein.
special double steamed soup and claypot rice. Have had BBQ while waiting for the claypot and found it undistinguished.
Claypot rice. I like it a little better than Best Taste.
Dim sum. Best in Chinatown that isn't Peony, which is expensive and hit-or-miss, as well as every once in a while it feels like gweilos aren't welcome. Peony that is.
New Gold Medal--
Nothing that distinguished, but the Gold Medal claypot from the 3-fer menu is pretty good.
Every once in a while I go to Shan Dong for Shandong chicken and steamed dumplings and such. That's about it for me. How about you guys?