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The rustic Parlor is home to some of the most delicious Californian-Italian fare in town. Seasonally crafted menu and delicious wood-fired pizzas accompanied by crafty cocktails, elegant wines and a unique beer selection, offer the perfect dining experience. The open-kitchen gives you the occasional glimpse of chef-in-charge Jason Tuley, working his magic to please the patrons. Exposed beams, wine barrels, wooden booths and the spacious bar seating offer a vibe apt for unwinding and casual conversations.
Shan Dong Restaurant located in Oakland's Chinatown specializes in Mandarin cuisine. Especially popular are the fresh, homemade dumplings, pancakes and rolls, as well as their tasty hand-made noodle dishes. The decor, however, is minimal and showcases the traditional Chinese culture. Try the special Shan Dong dumplings or the always delicious sesame noodles. Shan Dong also offers an extremely affordable lunch special, all lunch entrees served with rice. If you live nearby, they offer free delivery for dinner within one and a half miles.
Four words describe the best of this little Chinatown noodle house: Shrimp Dumpling Noodle Soup. Ask anyone who knows Ying Kee and that's what they'll tell you is the best. However, that's not all there is. Noodle soup, rice noodles, fried noodles, every kind of noodles imaginable and then some. In addition to the restaurant's namesake, they also have a large selection of other classic Chinese dishes, such as Prawns with Honey Walnut and Pork Belly with Taro Pot. If its noodles you want, noodles you will get for a great price here at Ying Kee.
District is a ritzy spot in the heart of Oakland's old town, popular for its exhaustive selection of fine wines and whiskeys. The sparkling glass alcohol booths, comfy lounge-style sitting booths and dim lights radiate a hip ambiance. Its diverse bill of fare features small plates, crusty pizzas and home-style grilled dishes, along with its usual wines and craft ales. Stop in for a lavish brunch spread, even as you choose between an extensive display of wines by glass and bottle.
Ratto's Market & Deli is a longstanding institution on the Oakland culinary scene. This family-owned delicatessen was established in 1897 by Italian immigrant Giovanni Battista Ratto. It has stood witness to several historical events over the decades and maintains its commitment to international standards. On offer are specialty cheese, charcuterie, herbs, preserves, sandwiches and salads, among an array of gourmet imports.
Sandro Rossi, proprietor of this gem, modeled this cafe on the cafes and bars of his native Italy. The food is authentic, with a California Cuisine flair, but the decor is strictly post-modern chic with a soaring ceiling and clean lines. You can breakfast on hearty Polenta And Poached Eggs, or for lunch nibble on a Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich stacked with spinach, mushrooms and spiked with blue cheese. The pasta menu changes seasonally as do the salad offerings. A tempting variety of pastries can be had while sipping a perfectly brewed Latte and chatting with the personable counter staff.