I grew up in the East Bay (does any one else remember Bartola's?). It is a business trip we take often (to Hayward), and I want to break them out of their mold. Too often I am forced to join them to a trip to Scott's in J. London Square, while knowing that there are better (and less expensive) options to be had. Zachary's Chicago Pizza comes to mind.
Where can I take this white collar group for a culinary mind-blowing experience, not found in Seattle, on the cheap?