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Comment Archives: stories: Special Sections: Insider's Guide

Re: “Ten Quintessential Oakland Restaurants

These all seem like great places to eat- I for one appreciate the inclusion of an Indian restaurant on 79th and E.14th... not exactly the middle of nowhere- but I digress- I would not have gathered an Indian restaurant there neither ;). I do however must remind you folks that there WAS (gasp) an Oakland before 1999 and there are many places that would fight a for a spot on a list of quintessential Oakland restaurants and dives that are nary mentioned here. Good eats tho !

Posted by Anthony Moore on 03/03/2015 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Ten Quintessential Oakland Restaurants

I'd also add 10th and Wood which might even have a better fried chicken sandwich than Bakesale Betty, not to mention the remarkable pulled pork

Posted by Jim Wood on 03/01/2015 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Take a Tour of Oakland's Most Impressive Murals

The Wrist Ship Supply Mural (16th and Peralta by Vogue and Bam) and the White Elephant Mural (333 Lancaster) were both coordinated and produced in association with Fuming Guerilla Productions.

Stop by Oakland's own Cat Town Cafe to see a wonderful indoor mural that is iconic and Oaklandish! Check our Fuming Guerilla Productions website to view some more of our work around Oakland.

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Posted by Tyler Durdan on 03/01/2015 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Ten Quintessential Oakland Restaurants

I would also add Venga Paella (229 Brush St) in Jack London. Even though they have only been open for just over a year...they feel like home.
They have great paella and a relaxing vibe. I never feel rushed to have to leave and they make the extra effort to know who you are and feel part of the experience. Definitely a local gem in my book.

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Posted by Tony Sierra on 03/01/2015 at 1:30 AM

Re: “A Year's Worth of Festivities

New to Berkeley! - The Bay Area Book Festival, June 6 & 7. A free book festival and street fair with 200 local, national and international authors, from Nobel laureates to genre writers, as well as storytellers, a Children’s Arena in Civic Center Park, a Teen Stage, & a Cooking Stage. Incredible book-art installations: "Lacuna "by FLUX (the art collective that does the Man and the Temple at Burning Man); "A Flock of Books" by Yael Braha; "Astrobotanicals" by Stan Clark create the Digital Dome; and the interactive Chalk It Up for Books! on Sunday.

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Posted by lbullwinkel6fb0 on 02/27/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Take a Tour of Oakland's Most Impressive Murals

You could also check out (and add to) this immense list of murals on OaklandWiki: There are over 500 murals on here, all collected by members of the community.

The majority of them are mapped- click the map, a neighborhood, and go!

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Posted by Lauren Briskin on 02/27/2015 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Take a Tour of Oakland's Most Impressive Murals

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Posted by Editor on 02/26/2015 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Top Twelve Dive Bars in the East Bay

I lived a block from Baggy's By the Bay in the late 70s. I've visited as recently as three years ago. Yeah, this is the ultimate dive. But what about that piano bar near Grand Lake theater. Don't forget Kip's, Berkeley, a 50s student dive, still diving.

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Posted by Ted Friedman on 02/26/2015 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Top Twelve Dive Bars in the East Bay

#11 has been the site of two (2) well-documented gang-initiated or gang-involved shootings, one in 2008, the other in 2012. See here:

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Posted by Wills Wilde on 02/26/2015 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Top Twelve Dive Bars in the East Bay

Been to every bar on the list at 10 times Lucky 13 Alameda by far the best
bar in the east bay if not the hole bay area

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Posted by Steven Knuth on 02/25/2015 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Top Twelve Dive Bars in the East Bay

The Avenue on telegraph in oakland is the best bar ever a good place to drink ,good mix of customers

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Posted by Judy Ann Conti Keating on 02/25/2015 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Top Twelve Dive Bars in the East Bay

The Lemon Tree is the best!!!! I have swilled many a potent 'cocktail' before 10am there and enjoyed the place. A real gem.

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Posted by Nancy Vicknair on 02/25/2015 at 7:04 PM

Re: “A Year's Worth of Festivities

How could you forget the Oakland First Fridays Event?
Ongoing Festival:
Oakland First Fridays
Art, music, food, fun, community, celebration!
on Telegraph Ave. from W. Grand to 27th St the first Friday of every month from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
weather permitting

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Posted by Shari Godinez on 02/25/2015 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Top Twelve Dive Bars in the East Bay

I implore any poor unknowing soul who reads this article to not visit The Lemon Tree. If you are in Alameda and need a dive bar, try Lost Weekend or kick it up a notch and go to Lucky 13, you can still get a cheap PBR there.

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Posted by Jeremy Owens on 02/25/2015 at 3:24 PM

Re: “PROFILE: René de Guzman

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Posted by Editor on 01/15/2015 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Staircases to Heaven

Charles Fleming, the author of Secret Stairs: East Bay originally got into walking stairs in LA because of health problems. Also I wanted to point out that Oakland Urban Paths ( does walks on the stairways and pathways around Oakland every 2nd Saturday. Some OUP folks test-walked routes for Fleming's book.

(thanks to Zaineb for helping me de-confuse myself on my EBX accounts)

Posted by Gene Anderson on 03/04/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “The Roller Family

Rohnert Park has CalSkate too.

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Posted by Mary Ellen McMuldren on 03/03/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “A Party for the Ages

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Julian's stories thus far, but this one is something special. I have a want to be initiated the same way he did -- but I almost don't need to because it was described so well. Keep going man, love your stuff.

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Posted by Ben Davidson on 03/02/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “A Party for the Ages

I became a volunteer before ever attending the solstice party after hearing about it. I had a great time helping, and seeing all those people having a good time made me happy that I was a part of it.

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Posted by Brandon Baldwin on 03/01/2014 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Rolling Through the Backwoods

Cyclist are like the Hell's Angels of the 21st Century. The locals freak when they know they will ride into town.

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Posted by Vince Rubino on 02/27/2014 at 10:29 PM

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