Wong is an East Bay journalist, academic, and author of Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America. He grew up in Oakland's Chinatown.
Chocolate Thing at Arizmendi - Scrumptious, simply addictive. (3265 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. 510-268-8849)
Gold Medal - Go for the $5-per-dish menu. Genuine and satisfying Cantonese dishes without frills. (381 8th St., Oakland. 510-268-8484)
Croissant from Oliveto's Downstairs Cafe - Sinfully buttery. They can't possibly do it better in Paris. (5655 College Ave., Oakland. 510-547-5356)
El Taco Zamorano Burrito Truck - The chicken, carnitas, and carne asada are all filling and flavorful, all for $2.50. (Corner of International Boulevard and 48th Avenue, Oakland.)