We've fallen for a few places, some with the help of this board, and were wondering what your go-tos are. This is more for the "Where should we go tonight?" conversation that keeps coming up than the "Where should we have a romantic evening?" plan.
Here are ours:
B Restaurant - consistent, tasty, a comfortable place with friendly service, sometimes a wow, always good.
Champa Garden - ridiculous value, complex flavors, best in class and better than most.
Rudy's Can't Fail - no fuss, diner gone Cali, simple, quick, inexpensive
Casa Vino - for some reason it still surprises me that this place is so good. Lots of wine options with 1/2 glasses, flights, etc. It's not the Taj Mahal, but for a laid back meal, it's nice.
Kabana - Pakistani food on University in Berkeley. Affordable, complex, spicy, quick.
Aunt Mary's Cafe - Used to go for dinner, but now for brunch. Love the menu and the people there. Don't even mind the wait.
China Village - Some of the best szechuan we have found. Value is very high.
Sahn Maru - Of all the Korean joints on Telegraph, we keep coming back for their Dinner A - $42 for three entrees, soup, and a lot of panchan.
Lois the Pie Queen - Some of the nicest people ever. Tasty, quick, simple. Not "diner cheap" but worth it.
Saul's - In love with the steps they have taken with the new menu.
Those are our regular haunts. Where are you hanging out?
2102 8th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606
Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608
Lois the Pie Queen
851 60th St, Oakland, CA 94608
1106 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Aunt Mary's Cafe
4307 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609