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Da Nang Quan’s menu focuses on dishes from the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang: baby clams, tiny steamed rice cakes called banh beo, the spicy noodle soup bun bo hue. Its most dramatic-looking dish may be the mi quang, an island of turmeric-dyed rice noodles rising above a shallow golden sea," writes Jonathan Kaufman in a 2015 story for the San Francisco Chronicle.  (Pictured: Hofun noodle with pork, shrimp, and chicken on Friday, October 30, 2015) 615 E 12th St…

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Da Nang Quan’s menu focuses on dishes from the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang: baby clams, tiny steamed rice cakes called banh beo, the spicy noodle soup bun bo hue. Its most dramatic-looking dish may be the mi quang, an island of turmeric-dyed rice noodles rising above a shallow golden sea," writes Jonathan Kaufman in a 2015 story for the San Francisco Chronicle. (Pictured: Hofun noodle with pork, shrimp, and chicken on Friday, October 30, 2015) 615 E 12th St…

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Cinnamon brioche and omelet du fromage at La Note in Berkeley Where to Eat in San Francisco

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East Bay All the Way: 11 Reasons to Eat and Drink in Oakland Right Now

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It’s got laid-back, destination-worthy restaurants, a vibrant ethnic food scene (Burmese!), and a homegrown booze movement. All with fewer tourists and tech moguls than that city across the bay. Welcome to Oakland.

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OAKLAND: Uptown's Parlour is much more than pizza and cocktails. It was opened by Linda Bradford, Travis Dutton and Patrick Lynch, who own Bar 355 next door. They always wanted to open a restaurant in the Uptown area, best known for the Fox Theater, and this fulfills that desire. To mastermind the food they brought in Jason Tuley, last seen at TBD and Gitane in SF. Steamed clams, lamb sausage and crostini ($14) is one of the top dishes on Parlour’s ever-changing seasonal menu.

Parlour a slice above with seasonal fare

OAKLAND: Uptown's Parlour is much more than pizza and cocktails. It was opened by Linda Bradford, Travis Dutton and Patrick Lynch, who own Bar 355 next door. They always wanted to open a restaurant in the Uptown area, best known for the Fox Theater, and this fulfills that desire. To mastermind the food they brought in Jason Tuley, last seen at TBD and Gitane in SF. Steamed clams, lamb sausage and crostini ($14) is one of the top dishes on Parlour’s ever-changing seasonal menu.

Osmanthus, OaklandThis slick Asian restaurant "took over the Rockridge storefront that was long home to Nan Yang, widely regarded as the Bay Area’s first Burmese restaurant," wrote Paolo Lucchessi in a 2014 SFGATE article. "Running the kitchen is chef Julia Klein, who comes to Oakland by way of St. Helena, where she worked for Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani at the Terra." 6048 College Ave., osmanthusrestaurant.com Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle

Oakland's dining is hot. Is it even hotter than SF's?

Nan gyi thoke at Grocery Cafe. - BERT JOHNSON/FILE

At Grocery Cafe, a new Burmese restaurant tucked away on a quiet residential street in Eastlake, lunch feels more like a church basement potluck than.

Navi Kitchen, the new restaurant from Preeti Mistry of Juhu Beach Club. Adeline @46th St, Emeryville. Closed Mon + Tue. Wed-Sun	8am-8pm	 PIC: Croque Gadame: brown sugar, chai spiced bacon, fried egg, white cheddar, pickled onions, tamarind ketchup

The much-anticipated Juhu Beach Club sister restaurant opens its doors starting April 26 for coffee, chai, breakfast sandwiches and pastries.

KronnerBurger rises in Oakland: Kronner’s hamburger ($12) is  messy but precisely constructed with a generously buttered and toasted potato bun and a charred patty with a blood-red interior — the waiters never fail to point out that that’s the chef’s preference. While the beef is the star, it wouldn’t shine nearly as brightly without the thick slather of white cheddar mayonnaise, charred red onions, house-made pickles and at least four layers of crunchy iceberg lettuce.

KronnerBurger rises in Oakland

KronnerBurger rises in Oakland: Kronner’s hamburger ($12) is messy but precisely constructed with a generously buttered and toasted potato bun and a charred patty with a blood-red interior — the waiters never fail to point out that that’s the chef’s preference. While the beef is the star, it wouldn’t shine nearly as brightly without the thick slather of white cheddar mayonnaise, charred red onions, house-made pickles and at least four layers of crunchy iceberg lettuce.

TEMESCAL: Bowl'd BBQ Korean Stone Grill is the latest restaurant from the Chi Moon and Jessica Oh duo, the family behind Albany's Bowl'd Korean Rice Bar and Berkeley's Spoon Korean Bistro. The new Bowl'd is situated amid the delicious scrum of Korean restaurants in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood.

TEMESCAL: Bowl'd BBQ Korean Stone Grill is the latest restaurant from the Chi Moon and Jessica Oh duo, the family behind Albany's Bowl'd Korean Rice Bar and Berkeley's Spoon Korean Bistro. The new Bowl'd is situated amid the delicious scrum of Korean restaurants in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood.

The Cheeseburg ($5) with spicy corn chips and an apricot orange agua fresca at Locol in Oakland. Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle

Oakland’s Locol has a mission as it looks to hit its stride

The Cheeseburg ($5) with spicy corn chips and an apricot orange agua fresca at Locol in Oakland. Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle

Freehouse  2700 Bancroft Way; 510.647.2300  Gastro grub's made by the same chef that opened Monk’s Kettle, who apparently digs giant pretzels w/ cheddar pilsner sauce, and pulled pork w/ porter bbq sauce and jicama slaw.  Berkeley

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Freehouse 2700 Bancroft Way; Gastro grub's made by the same chef that opened Monk’s Kettle, who apparently digs giant pretzels w/ cheddar pilsner sauce, and pulled pork w/ porter bbq sauce and jicama slaw.

California: Watsonville Apple Pizza at Pizza My Heart, Multiple Locations Ironically, Pizza My Heart co-founder Chuck Hammer said this pizza...

California: Watsonville Apple Pizza at Pizza My Heart, Multiple Locations Ironically, Pizza My Heart co-founder Chuck Hammer said this pizza.

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