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Gregg's Grand Salon

Posted on: 11/4/2008

It's Worth It

The stylist here are top notch and good at making one feel special. You will get a great haircut, a great dye-job, a great manicure--whatever you want, and you will pay less than a snooty SF salon with a worse outcome. Make me look like a million bucks. Beware of their up-dos one friend of mine went with disastrous results for her wedding!

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The Alley

Posted on: 11/4/2008

A One-of-A-Kind Dive with bragging rights

This bar is like nothing you've ever seen. An ancient old git plays the piano while surprisingly gifted local fans sing old jazz tunes and get sauced. The decor is... well go see for yourself. I don't want to ruin it for you. The drinks are nothing to write home about, but they are pretty cheap, Service-- once the bartender gets around to you she (usually a she) is chatty and charming.

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Mama's Royal Cafe

Posted on: 11/4/2008

Great Hangover Breakfast Destination

The breakfast here makes it worth the trip of a trek through some of Oakland' less seemly parts of town. Weekends are crowded, but people watching is fun while you wait. Cash only-- and prepare to feed your parking meter. Oakland officials make money to pay corrupt former city administrator Edgerly's 30 undeserving family by heavily ticketing in this neighborhood.

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Mezze

Posted on: 11/4/2008

Fancy Food

Not a place to go to get stuffed to the gills. The food is excellent with a Mediterranean flare. The bartenders are the best in town with classy, drinkable drinks. Either great for a romantic dinner or a happy hour. Beautiful people flock to the bar, and the art selections on the wall are intriguing. Service is good-- slightly special even, and the whole dining area is filled with a warm glow of greedy snoots enjoying their meal. You might want to bring your own wine, as their selection is bizarre for the pairings.

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Grand Lake Theatre

Posted on: 11/4/2008

Cool Old Theater

There an old man playing an organ sometimes in the main theater before the shoes. The owner puts liberal rants up on the billboard outside. The sell Lindt Chocolate at concessions. It's old, a little rough around the edges...but it still has that great Going to the movie theater feel. I love this place.

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Spettro

Posted on: 11/4/2008

A Great Kid-Friendly Fancy Food Restaurant

This isn't your average fare. Spettro dishes up stylish and delicious cuisine in a loud, well-organized frenzy. The wait staff is hip and cheerful, and the ambiance is like eating at a happy family table at Thanksgiving. For an extra special date, reserve one of the booths to the side. Prices are reasonable, and the service is quick.

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Chez Panisse

Posted on: 11/4/2008

Best Restaurant in America

This restaurant re-defined what is American Cuisine. Based on IN-SEASON SUSTAINABLE COOKING you can expect nothing but the absolute best of the best of the best. The restaurateurs Alice Waters is a culinary legend. But open up your wallet! The hype has driven the prices through the roof. And the wine. Ho hum.

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Naan-N-Curry

Posted on: 11/4/2008

Quick and Dierty-- you can't go wrong.

Free Chai. No nonsense rib sticking Indian food. Chicken Masala to die for. The decor. Ho hum. Sanitation- questionable. But it's CHEAP and DELICIOUS and I've eaten there hundreds of times without so much as a stomach ache.

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Cato's Ale House

Posted on: 11/4/2008

Delicious Pizza, Delicious Beer

The pizza is always delicious. Not the best ever-- but I'm saying it's always GOOD. The beer is also fabulous, and sometimes the drink promos are fabulous. The setting is cool-- if you can get a seat. As good places often are, Cato's is crowded.

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lakeshore cafe

Posted on: 11/4/2008

You can't go wrong for Brunch.

The sunny ambiance is perfect for a casual Sunday brunch in the hustle and bustle of Oakland's most charming, diverse shopping district. The service is lickety split, the coffee is fresh, never burnt, and delicious, and the food is reasonable, always edible, never gross and greasy spoon fare. It can seen impossible to get a table on a weekend, but the turn-over is surprisingly quick. The alcoholic beverages are a cut above the standard undrinkable garbage mimosas most brunch places offer.

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