We’ve eaten well in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and now it’s time to get ready for the the 5th annual Oakland Restaurant Week , which starts tomorrow. The number of participating restaurants keeps getting bigger and bigger, so it’s also harder and harder to decide where to go. This year, there are 80, so you may be thinking “so many restaurants, so little time,” but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Here are some suggestions for how to do Oakland Restaurant Week:
Go to a restaurant that’s close to you – Let’s be honest with ourselves. Sometimes we just don’t have time for making reservations…and traveling…and waiting. If you can relate, find a restaurant that’s in or close to your neighborhood. For me, that’s Miliki and The Half Orange.
Go to one of your “standby” restaurants – Sometimes we just don’t feel like trying something new. In this case, go to a restaurant you’ve been to several times. You already know you like it so you don’t have to take a chance with the unknown. For me, that’s Baywolf and Chop Bar.
Go to a restaurant that’s new to you – There are also times when we’re feeling adventurous and this is a great opportunity to go to a restaurant we’ve never been to before. For me, that’s The Cook and Her Farmer and Mockingbird.
- Go through the website and look for deals – Some restaurants are offering a lot for the price! After skimming the list, it looks like A16 and Bellanico are worth checking out.
- Join East Bay Dishing – I just started a dining out meetup and the first event is this week. We’re going to take advantage of the $20 dinner menu at Hawker Fare and you should join us!
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