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					25% Solution January – March 2011
	
  




                        	
  
At the Inauguration, I asked Oaklanders to increase local shopping
by 25%. If we all did so, we could raise $9-$12 million more in sales
tax-- that's enough to double our Park and Recreation Programs, or
to add another 60 policemen! We can maintain important city
services by finding ways to increase our revenue. This one is very
doable!	
  
	
  
Check out one of our 40 unique neighborhood business districts. Each one has a different mix of
restaurants and shops. The Shop Oakland website is a great place to start. There's a wonderful map, as well.

Visit Oakland Grown for the latest on local independent merchants
and their wares.

	
  

January 9, 2011




Consider: Eastlake

EastLake boasts an eclectic and diverse selection of businesses in a colorful and bustling
environment. This multicultural area is known as Oakland's Fusion Neighborhood. One of the few
Lao restaurants in the Bay Area, Champa Garden, 2102 8th Ave, is a wonderful neighborhood
restaurant and always crowded. I had them cater the lunch for my family and friends on Inaugural
Day. They have some unique dishes, I like the Rice Ball Salad and pumpkin curry. Very reasonable
prices. Near Clinton Park you will find a wide range of Vietnamese, Thai, and other reasonable restaurants.
Just minutes from downtown, EastLake has ready freeway access. One unique EastLake
business is the Foss Lampshade Studios, Inc., which has manufactured and sold lampshades
in the same location for more than fifty years. Don't miss the display of lamp parts from the 19th
Century!
Location: 1357 International Boulevard near East 12th.

January 16, 2011


Consider: Lakeshore Avenue

>> Mural from the Lakeshore Cafe




The Lakeshore Avenue shopping district is at the heart of Oakland. Near Lake Merritt, it is a small
but eclectic district where shoppers flock from diverse neighborhoods to shop, eat, and relax at
the local coffeehouses. Easy to find are toys for children, plus stylish clothing for the whole family
and a sophisticated assortment of gifts, wines, jewelry, and health products and services. Many
successful small businesses thrive alongside destination shopping like Trader Joes, the Gap, cell
phone servicers, yoga studios, and salons in our historic district. The Saturday Farmer's Market
at Splash Pad Park brings shoppers from all over the Bay Area.

Read the November 11 Oakland Tribune Article by J.M Brown

January 23, 2011



Consider: Chinatown

>> Asian Americans from throughout the Bay Area come to Oakland to buy their Lunar New Year
flowers, candy and gifts.




This 25-block commercial and cultural mecca is the nation's fourth largest Chinatown community.
Throughout Oakland's history, Chinatown has maintained one of the strongest local economies in
the city. The area's rich culture is reflected in a variety of specialty shops, restaurants, markets,
bakeries and attractions, including the Chinatown Streetfest, and Lunar New Year Bazaar which
attracts 100,000 visitors annually. This year, the Lunar New Year Bazaar will be held on
Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 from 10 am-5 pm and brings Asian Americans
from throughout the region to purchase their traditional new year decorations, flowers, gifts,
candies and other items of interest. There will also be continuous live cultural entertainment
featuring dragon and lion dancing, martial arts, Chinese cultural music and a "Little Prince &
Princess" Contest presented by the Oakland Chinatown Lions Club. The event is free.
Location: 7th Street to 11th Street between Broadway and Harrison Street




January 30, 2011
Oakland Cuisine Goes National!
Miette Patisserie
85 Webster St.
                          (510) 663-1300

Wedged between the chic condos, and rainbow-ed produce stalls, and the
beautiful landmarks like the Jack London sculpture, the Potomac's
mooring, and cool businesses like California Canoe and Kayak, it is hard to
believe the number of fabulous foods being concocted in this 'hood. Think
small batches of the best in roasted coffees, boutique wines, nut butters,
beer, and yes, cakes and cupcakes.

The 2011 edition of California's Official Vacation Guide
dedicates a full-page to Oakland's heralded cuisine
scene. Written by the editors at Sunset Magazine and produced
by Visit California, the state's counterpart to Visit Oakland,
600,000 copies of the guide are distributed at visitor centers
throughout California and at tradeshows around the world. The
online guide on visitcalifornia.com is viewed by millions of
people around the world as they plan vacations to California.


Other national publications are making Oakland a vacation destination as well as a hometown
gem! National publications that have covered Oakland as a visitor destination recently include
Travel + Leisure, New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and
National Geographic Traveler. For more travel articles featuring Oakland...

VisitOakland is the new name for Oakland's Visitors and Convention Bureau. Stop by their office
at 436 11th Street to discover more about our City.
                                                                   Submitted by Elisa Williams

February 6, 2011

Consider: West
Oakland!
Earn-A-Bike Program at the Crucible
1260 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
                                                                         444-0919




                                                                         A non-profit collaboration of art,
                                                                         industry and community, The
                                                                         Crucible promotes creative
expression, reuse of materials and innovative design while serving as an accessible arts venue
for the general public. The classes and annual fund raising theatrical productions (left) here are
very popular. Where else can you mold and make your own jewelery? In a six-week Earn-A-Bike
Program, youth work with volunteer bike mechanics to fix donated bikes. Each participant fixes
two bikes and keeps one. The other bike is sold to raise money to support the bike program.


                                                           Bikes4Life, 1600 7th St: Tony
                                                           Coleman started this Bike Shop to
                                                           finance his program with West Oakland
                                                           Youth, local kids repair and sell
                                                           bikes. They sponsor the group bike
                                                           rides and annual Peace Ride around
                                                           Lake Merritt with the clapper spokes
                                                           and the outrageously large speaker
                                                           systems in tow.




Mandela Food Co-op, 1430 Seventh Street, 452-1133: Right across the street from BART they
are trying to set up a system to deliver directly to commuters. A good place to get a healthy drink
or snack if you are in the neighborhood.

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7am-8pm
Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

City Slicker Farms: You've probably
seen their products at Farmer's Markets
or Street Fairs. Visit them during their
open hours and you will be amazed at
what they are growing. This urban
farming program may be the way of our
future.




                                           Brown Sugar Kitchen, 2534 Mandela Parkway, 839-
                                           SOUL (7685): The best waffles in the world and hearty
                                           breakfasts are just some of the reasons why we are
begging the owner to hurry up with her plans for new downtown restaurant. Check out her
cookbook and prepare to wait. It's a nice stop if you are biking this part of town.


The Best Oaxacan Tamales: The lady in front of the West Oakland BART station makes
wonderful tamales!




February 13, 2011

Consider The Laurel District!


                                           As Tommy Wong, the
                                           Executive Director of the
                                           Laurel District
                                           Association, will tell you,
                                           there's never a shortage
                                           of things to do or things
                                           to buy in the
                                           Laurel. Between the
                                           arches, there are over 80
                                           thriving local businesses -
                                           - everything from
                                           restaurants to copy/print
                                           services to hair salons to
tax/insurance firms. Commerce aside, there's even plenty of public
artwork on display to keep your senses engaged. The Laurel is a
crossroads community in the heart of Oakland, many cultures blend
in this neighborhood where many artists and musicians reside.

Look out for the seven new mural panels produced by local artists,
with two more currently in the works. Also, to honor Black History
Month, be sure to get your children's coloring book at any
merchant establishment. Finally, pick up a coupon book in any
business in the area, and enjoy deep discounts through the middle of
this month!
Check out the August 1, 2010 story by Cynthia Joseph from Oakland
Local on the Laurel Mural Art Walk.>>


And, be sure to mark your calendars for these exciting upcoming
events:
Youth Dance Tournament
Last Saturday of Each Month (3-7 pm)
Allendale Recreation Center
Co-sponsored by the Laurel District Association "Security
Ambassador Team"

Laurel Street Fair
Second Saturday in August
                                                                Submitted by David Drabkin

The Mayor's Laurel Favorites: This neighborhood is full of restaurant bargains.
       •   Full House Cafe, 3719 MacArthur, some of the best breakfast
           dishes in town. I like the Eggs Benedict with salmon on the
           weekends. Different muffins every day.
       •   World Grounds Cafe, 3726 MacArthur, we did our office hours
           here because it is a real community center with good wifi,
           coffee and snacks.
       •   Trattoria Laurellinos: Very reasonable and good family Italian
           food. I always end up taking the left overs for lunch.
       •   Phnom Penh, 3912 MacArthur: Great Cambodian food
       •   Happy Garden, 4112 MacArthur & Fountain Seafood,3836
           MacArthur: Two very reasonable family style restaurants
           frequented by the neighborhood's Chinese population,
           inexpensive and very good. Try the family style meals at set
           price, best bargains in town.
       •   Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur, and independently owned
           bookstore with many author programs. Luann will custom order
           anything you need.
	
  
	
  
February 20, 2011


Consider Old
Oakland!
Old Oakland's distinctive architecture beckons both
residents and visitors. In the 1870s, it was the bustling
heart of town, with block after block of grand hotels
accommodating travelers arriving at the western
terminus of the first transcontinental railroad. Today,
these buildings are regarded as the finest collection of
commercial Victorians on the West Coast. Along old-
fashioned brick sidewalks are 15 cafes and restaurants,
Swan's Marketplace, fashionable art galleries, specialty
shops, and gourmet markets, including Ratto's, the
oldest international grocer in the West. A Friday farmers
market, brew pub, outdoor concerts and cultural events
are popular attractions.
                                    Broadway to Clay Street from 7th Street to 10th Street


                                    La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen
                                    582 7th Street, (between Jefferson & Clay Streets),
                                    Old Oakland, CA 94607
                                    (510) 444-9954 Fax: (510) 444-1646
                                    info @tamalegirl.com
                                    A family-run fixture since 1944, La Borinqueña not only serves great
                                    Breakfast and lunch, but you can Buy tamales (pork, chicken, veggie,
                                    green chili and cheese or a "sweet" variety) by the dozen, or pick up
                                    chili-pepper tchotchkes, masa, corn husks, chorizo, spices, tortilla chips,
                                    piñatas and more in the adjoining specialty shop that's reminiscent of the
tienda mexicana that started it all! When my husband was attending medical school in New York, my last
stop before returning to the big apple was for a dozen frozen tamales.


Ratto's
821 Washington Street
(510) 832-6503
http://www.rattos.com
An international grocery and deli family -owned and operated since
1897. Gourmet foods, olive oils, vinegars, domestic and imported
cheeses, charcuterie, wine, chocolates and more. Full-service deli
serving wonderful made-to-order sandwiches and delicious side
salads and soups.

                               Bookmark Bookstore
                               721 Washington Street
                               (510) 444-0473
                               http://www.fopl.org/
                               If you are searching for an inexpensive place to purchase your next book--
                               science fiction, cooking, mystery, general fiction or non-fiction--check out
                               this wonderful wide selection of latest best sellers to hard-to find out-of-print
books. All proceeds support the Friends of the Public Library. Open Monday-Friday, 10:30 am-5:30 pm;
Saturday, 10:30 am-3:30 pm, and Sunday, 10:30 am-2 pm.



Pacific Coast Brewing Co.
906 Washington Street
(510) 836-2739
http://www.pacificcoastbrewing
.com

There is a lot of history tied up in
the Pacific Coast Brewing Co.
The building itself, built in 1876,
is part of a major renovation of downtown Oakland and has been beautifully restored inside and out. The
pub owners were able to acquire from the Oakland Museum some of their museum pieces for actual use in
the pub. The elaborate stained glass window, which adorns the store front, along with the ornate bar and
beer cooler, once graced the interior of the historic Cox Saloon, formerly located not far form their present
day home in Old Oakland. These pieces have been incorporated into the pub that features a hardwood floor,
brick wall, antiques and a heated beer garden adorned with greenery growing up its redwood trellis. A
satellite dish with multiple television screens and a CD juke box have added a contemporary accent to the
traditional pub atmosphere. Free wireless internet access-- oh, and they offer a wide selection of beer-- 20
on tap, only of which four are their own.


                                Old Oakland Farmers Market-- Fridays 8 am-2 pm
                                Ninth Street between Broadway & Clay
                                (510) 745-7100
                                http:///urbanvillageonline.com

                                One of the oldest Farmers Markets in the Bay Area, you'll find exotic Asian
                                produce, buckets of fresh flowers, potted plants, herbs and orchids, a
                                variety of bakery items and prepared foods, as wellas Fresh fish, wild game
                                birds and chicken.




                                	
  
                                	
  
	
  
February 27, 2011


Consider Piedmont Avenue!
A	
  stroll	
  down	
  Piedmont	
  Avenue,	
  from	
  MacArthur	
  Blvd.	
  to	
  Pleasant	
  
Valley	
  Road	
  reveals	
  an	
  eclectic	
  blend	
  of	
  locally-­‐owned	
  antique	
  and	
  
                                     vintage	
  shops,	
  boutiques,	
  jewelry	
  stores,	
  
                                     bookstores	
  and	
  more.	
  Check	
  out	
  the	
  outdoor	
  
                                     cafes	
  and	
  coffee	
  houses	
  as	
  well	
  as	
  the	
  great	
  
                                     restaurants.	
  
                                     	
  
                                     Historic	
  Mountain	
  View	
  Cemetary	
  
                                     5000	
  Piedmont	
  Avenue	
  	
  	
  
                                     652-­‐2726	
  
                                     www.mountainviewcemetary.org	
  
                                     	
  
                                     Designed	
  by	
  Frederick	
  Law	
  Olmsted,	
  Mountain	
  
                                     View	
  is	
  more	
  than	
  must	
  the	
  resting	
  place	
  of	
  
                                     famous	
  figures	
  and	
  ordinary	
  people.	
  It	
  attracts	
  
walkers	
  and	
  runners	
  to	
  its	
  stately	
  avenues	
  and	
  winding	
  roadways	
  with	
  
native	
  live	
  oaks	
  and	
  imported	
  IIalian	
  stone	
  pines.	
  	
  its	
  simple	
  
columbarium	
  and	
  elaborate	
  mausoleums	
  tell	
  the	
  story	
  of	
  California's	
  
history-­‐-­‐	
  author	
  Frank	
  Norris,	
  artist	
  Thomas	
  Hill,	
  architects	
  Julia	
  
Morgan	
  and	
  Bernard	
  Maybeck,	
  and	
  powerful	
  railroad	
  building	
  and	
  
banker	
  Charles	
  Crocker	
  are	
  buried	
  here.	
  Docent-­‐led	
  tours	
  are	
  offered	
  
twice	
  a	
  month.	
  March	
  26	
  &	
  27,	
  10	
  am-­‐4pm	
  is	
  the	
  6th	
  Annual	
  Tower	
  
Chapel	
  Tulip	
  Exhibition,	
  and	
  come	
  April,	
  visit	
  the	
  cemetary	
  for	
  a	
  
magnificent	
  showing	
  of	
  thousands	
  of	
  Dutch	
  tulips	
  in	
  bloom.	
  
	
  
A	
  Step	
  Forward	
  
4018	
  Piedmont	
  Avenue	
  
339	
  -­‐	
  0500	
  
	
  
They	
  call	
  themselves	
  the	
  biggest	
  little	
  shoe	
  store	
  in	
  town.	
  	
  The	
  eclectic	
  
mix	
  of	
  fashion	
  bargains	
  has	
  been	
  here	
  for	
  over	
  a	
  decade	
  and	
  I	
  only	
  just	
  
discovered	
  it.	
  	
  (That's	
  why	
  getting	
  outside	
  of	
  the	
  shopping	
  mall	
  patterns	
  
and	
  walking	
  Oakland's	
  shopping	
  districts	
  is	
  often	
  so	
  rewarding.)	
  	
  They	
  
carry	
  very	
  comfortable	
  but	
  
fashionable	
  walking	
  shoes	
  at	
  a	
  
discount,	
  a	
  must	
  for	
  working	
  
women	
  who	
  are	
  on	
  their	
  feet.	
  
	
  
	
  
Dr.	
  Comics	
  &	
  Mr	
  Games	
  
4014	
  Piedmont	
  Avenue	
  
601-­‐7800	
  
	
  
A	
  great	
  space	
  for	
  vintage	
  and	
  modern	
  comic	
  books,	
  board	
  games	
  and	
  
hobby	
  kits,	
  as	
  well	
  as	
  the	
  locale	
  for	
  The	
  Role	
  Play	
  Workshop,	
  offering	
  
interactive	
  storytelling	
  through	
  computer/technology	
  free	
  game	
  playing	
  
for	
  youth	
  10	
  and	
  older.	
  


                                              Piedmont Fabric
                                              3858 Piedmont Avenue
                                              655-1213
                                              www.piedmontfabric.com

                                              In an era of mostly national fabric store chains, here's a
                                              locally-owned store filled with a great choice of fabrics for
                                              clothes making and quilting. Started by the former employees
                                              of Poppy, you'll find fine European and Asian fabrics not
                                              found in the chains.



Folks Art
4158 Piedmont Avenue
653-5448

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, here's a great place to
start. Jewelry and hand made jewelry boxes, ceramics and clothes.

                                                      Waterliliies
                                                      Garden Shop
                                                      3935 Piedmont
                                                      Avenue
                                                      601-7768

                                                      More than just a garden shop, Waterlilies also offers
                                                      unique gift items for the home and garden. One of the
                                                      best places to buy durable European shopping baskets
                                                      and bags.

                                                      	
  	
  
                                                      	
  
                                                      	
  

	
  
Piedmont Theatre
4186	
  Piedmont	
  Avenue	
  at	
  Linda	
  
985-­‐1252	
  
www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFranci
scoEastBay/PiedmontTheatre.htm	
  
	
  
The	
  oldest	
  operating	
  movie	
  theater	
  in	
  Oakland,	
  the	
  Piedmont	
  Avenue	
  
Theater	
  opened	
  its	
  doors	
  on	
  September	
  15,	
  1917.	
  From	
  its	
  earliest	
  days	
  
showing	
  silent	
  films	
  through	
  the	
  studio	
  era	
  (including	
  memorable	
  runs	
  
of	
  Jaws	
  and	
  Star	
  Wars	
  in	
  the	
  1970s)	
  to	
  today's	
  eclectic	
  mix	
  of	
  
independent,	
  art-­‐house	
  and	
  Hollywood	
  fare,	
  the	
  Piedmont	
  has	
  long	
  been	
  
a	
  mainstay	
  of	
  the	
  community.	
  Be	
  sure	
  to	
  drop	
  by	
  on	
  a	
  Saturday	
  night	
  
when	
  prizes	
  from	
  local	
  merchants	
  and	
  film-­‐related	
  memorabilia	
  are	
  
given	
  away	
  before	
  each	
  screening.	
  
	
  
Fentons	
  Creamery	
  &	
  
Restaurant	
  
4226	
  Piedmont	
  Avenue	
  
658-­‐7000	
  
www.fentonscreamery.com/	
  
	
  
Founded	
  in	
  Oakland	
  in	
  1894,	
  
Fentons	
  Creamery	
  is	
  a	
  
landmark	
  institution	
  that	
  has	
  
served	
  generations	
  its	
  
famous	
  handcrafted	
  ice	
  
creams	
  and	
  sauces.	
  	
  Check	
  out	
  the	
  classic	
  menu	
  of	
  grilled	
  sandwiches	
  
(try	
  the	
  crab	
  sandwiches),	
  burgers	
  and	
  salads,	
  but	
  save	
  room	
  for	
  
Fentons	
  mountains	
  of	
  ice	
  cream	
  and	
  thick	
  shakes.	
  	
  Our	
  family	
  favorites	
  
are	
  the	
  Black	
  and	
  Tan	
  sundae	
  and	
  the	
  Swiss	
  Milk	
  Chocolate	
  ice	
  
cream.	
  	
  We	
  always	
  take	
  home	
  a	
  jar	
  of	
  hot	
  fudge	
  and	
  caramel	
  sauces.	
  
	
  
March 6, 2011

                                              	
  

                                              Consider Farmers
                                              Markets!
                                              March 20th marks the first day of spring, meaning a
                                              variety of fresh fruits and vegetables will be introducted
                                              at the Farmers Markets in Oakland. Some seasonal
treats to look out for include arugula, artichokes, lemons and nettles - cherries and mushrooms
are right around the corner in late spring. Begin your shopping at the
Fruitvale Market, held bi-weekly on Thursdays from 2- 7 pm. Every Friday, you'll find markets in
Old Oakland, which serves as a perfect stop for a lunchtime break, as well as the East Oakland
Farmer's Market, a smaller market with smoledering BBQ grills and blow-up houses for the kids.
The Kaiser Hospital Farmer's Market is another great option on Fridays in the Piedmont area,
promoting health education and organic produce. On Saturday, stop by the Grand Lake Farmer's
Market, voted as the top market in the East Bay in 2010, serving tasty treats just adjascent to
Lake Merritt . On Sundays, stop by the Jack London Square Market on the waterfront, the
Fruitvale market at the Fruitvale BART Station, the Montclair market near the Oakland Hills, or
the Temescal market nestled between the Temescal/Rockridge districts. For more on Farmer's
Markets in Oakland, visit www.visitoakland.org.


                         Reprinted with permission from Food and Drink, the magazine of Visit Oakland.

       •   ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND SMALLER FARMERS MARKETS CAN BE
           FOUND HERE.
       •   The Oakland Food Connection runs smaller Farmers Markets on Saturday's in the Laurel at 4173
           MacArthur Boulevard, between 35th Avenue and High Street.
       •   Some schools including the Melrose Leadership Academy are also experimenting with
           small markets to promote good nutrition and more produce.


March 13, 2011

	
  
Celebrating the Green in Oakland
Green beer, Guinness, corned beef and cabbage means only one thing - St. Patrick's Day is
here. Local brew pubs such as Beer Revolution will be hot spots to celebrate the holiday, as
well as McNally's Irish Pub and Barclay's Pub on College Ave. The green beer will be flowing
at Cato's Ale House and sister restaurant Ben & Nick's Bar and Grill - a slew of Irish beers will
be served all day long at both locations. Pacific Coast Brewing Co. in Old Oakland will include
the full spectrum of Irish goods, including corned beef, Irish lamb stew, Harp and Guinness on
draft, Luck of the Irish Stout and a special Emerald Ale. Put on your green and get ready for the
festivities!

Barclay's Pub on College Avenue
5940 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-1650
www.barclayspub.com

                                  Beer Revolution
                                  464 3rd Street
                                  Oakland, CA 94607
                                  (510) 452-Beer
                                  www.beer-revolution.com




                                  Ben & Nick's Bar and Grill
5612 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
9510) 923-0327

                                                                                     Cato's Ale House
                                                                                     3891 Piedmont Avenue
                                                                                     Oakland, CA 94611
                                                                                     (510) 655-3349
                                                                                     www.mr.cato.com


Crogan's Montclair
6101 La Salle Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 339-2098
www.crogansrestaurant.com

McNally's Irish Pub
5352 College Avenue
Oakland, CA
94618
(510) 655-
3929

Pacific Coast
Brewing Co.
906 Washington
Street
Oakland,
CA 94607
(510) 836-2739
www.pacificcoastbrewing.com

                                                                          submitted by Visit Oakland, Food and Drink-March 2011



March 20, 2011

The Oakland Renaissance
"Oakland,	
  once	
  known	
  for	
  grit,	
  crime	
  and	
  the	
  Raiders,	
  has	
  changed.	
  Trendy	
  shops,	
  nightclubs	
  and	
  restaurants	
  have	
  
moved	
  in,	
  along	
  with	
  modern	
  condos	
  to	
  go	
  with	
  Art	
  Deco	
  gems."	
  
Click	
  here	
  for	
  the	
  LA	
  Times	
  Travel	
  Article	
  by	
  Irene	
  Lechowitzky	
  that	
  ran	
  
on	
  March	
  20.	
  
                                 Tuesday, April 26, 6-8:30 pm
Here's a great way to taste test the restaurants of Montclair Village while helping your local
community. Started in 2009, the event is sponsored by the Montclair Village Association and
the Montclair Lions Club.For $25, you receive a Restaurant Walk book of tickets to a variety of
restaurants in the village.

Expected participants include:

Amba
Colonial Donuts
Crogan's Montclair
El Agavero Mexican Cuisine & Bar
Farmstead Cheeses and Wines
Flavors of India Bistro
Flippers
Grille One Carvery
Kakui Sushi
Kotobuki
Italian Colors Ristorante
Metro Montclair
Montclair Baking
Montclair Bistro
Montclair Malt Shop
Paraung Thai Cuisine
Silver Palace
Taqueria Las Comadres 2
The Full Plate
Toshi Shshi
Yogofina

Proceeds support Lions Club Charities. To
purchase tickets (you must purchase tickets
ahead of time!) visit Viewpoint (ask for
Richard at 2069 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611), Wheels of Justice (2042 Mountain
Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94611), The Book Tree (6121 La Salle Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611), or
Safeway (ask for Bill at 2096 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611). For details, go to the Montclair
Village website
March 27, 2011

	
  
After watching the runners at the Oakland Running Festival, consider checking out one of the hot new
downtown restaurants that are all the rage. If all Oaklanders bought 25 percent more of their normal
purchases from Oakland retailers, the sales tax increase would be about $10 to $15 million. This year
that could eliminate up to one-third of our deficit.

Some of the best new restaurants in the Bay Area call Uptown Oakland home:

                                  Hibiscus
                                  1745 San Pablo Avenue @ 18th Street
                                  Oakland, CA 94612
                                  444-2626
                                  hibiscusoakland.com

                                  Chef Sarah Kirnon's menu of bold and innovative Caribbean-Creole
                                  dishes area a modern homage to flavors of her childhood in Barbados.
                                  The food is a patchwork of colors,
                                  textures and flavors, woven from the
                                  cuisines of Africa, Europe, Asia,
                                  India and South America.


                                  Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
763-7711
cafevankleef.com

According to the S F Chronicle, Cafe Van Kleef is #2 of
"five places in the West that would do the Big Easy Proud."



Luka's Tap Room & Lounge
221 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
451-4677
lukasoakland.com

Luka's serves lunch and dinner, offers16 beers on tap, has DJs & dancing, pool table and pinball and is
open seven nights a week. What more could you ask? How about Fresh Steps-- monthly live hip hop
performances resident DJ aebidee on the turntable, every third Sunday at 9 pm.


Flora Oakland
1900 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
286-0100
Floraoakland.com

Flora is the creation of Dona Savitsky and thomas Schnertz and their desire to create a restaurant and bar
that echoed the prohibition era and Art Deco Style. It is housed in the beautifully ornate Oakland Floral
Depot building, a landmark Art Deco jewel of Eat Bay architecture located across the street from the Fox
Theater.

                         Ozumo
                         2251 Broadway
                         Oakland, CA 94612
                         286-9866
                         ozumo.com

                         Contemporary Japanese cuisine and robata grill, sushi and sashimi,
                         complemented by a wide range of premium imported sake, wine and more.



                                       Pican Restaurant
                                       2295 Broadway @ 23rd Street
                                       Oakland, CA 94612
                                       834-1000
                                       picanrestaurant.com

                                       Experience California-infused Southern Cuisine.


The New Parish
579 18th Street @ San Pablo
Oakland, CA 94612

thenewparish.com

Music, comedy club and bar.

                                                                The Den at the Fox
                                                                19th and Telegraph
                                                                Oakland, CA 94612
                                                                thedenoakland.com

                                                                The renovation of the majestic Fox
                                                                Theater has brought a lot of excitement,
                                                                and great music, to Oakland's historic
                                                                Uptown neighborhood. The building
                                                                houses more than just the exquisite Art
                                                                Deco theater - The Den, adjacent to the
                                                                entrance of the Fox, serves as a lounge for
                                                                the theater. On concert nights it is the
                                                                perfect place to schmooze in a jungle of
                                                                like-minded concert goers before and after
                                                                the show. The after work scene is more
laid back.



Era Art Bar
19 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
832-4400
oaklandera.com
A combination art gallery and bar.




Mua
2442a Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94612
238-1100
muaoakland.com

Uptown's latest happening night spot, right in the middle of Broadway Auto Row.



Plum
2214 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
444-7586
Plumoakland.com

Celebrated Bay Area chef Daniel Patterson, best
known for his complex concoctions and bold
mixing of flavors at Coi, brings his rich taste to
Oakland's newest Uptown eatery, Plum.



	
  

				
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