As voted by OpenTable Diners
“When looking for a place to dine out, why not snag a spot at the hottest place in town? Our Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurant list highlights hip (new) restaurants, celebrity chefs and avant-garde restaurateurs. We determined the list of honorees after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners.”
Thanks for the votes!
“No Beef” Burger – CBQ Burger at Mua ($12)
A chickpea, bulgur, quinoa burger served with aïoli, tomato, onion, sprouts and fries on the side. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to fall in love with this tasty treat.
“It’s the only thing I ever eat there. With cheese though. Always with cheese.” – Candace Sims, opinionated Oaklander
photo by shannon from UrbanSpoon
Oakland Magazine, Mua, best cocktails, July-August 3013
Great review. Mua would not be the same in any other community. <3 Oakland
…for the best burger (East Bay) love. And also thank you very much but our buns are quite toasty :)
While we are flattered, who ever came up with that headline for SF restaurants in July probably has not been to SF in July.
Mua review: Music, eclectic decor match the food by Nicholas Boer
The sweet and airy kabocha squash tempura with the Rialto cocktail at Mua. photo by John Storey
Diners enjoy the setting at Mua restaurant in Oakland, which has an unusual decor and sometimes booming music. photo by John Storey
Sitting at the end of a bar (there are three) alongside a bronze bust with a female mannequin’s leg coming out of its head, it occurs to me that Mua may have never felt so serene. On this rainy Thursday afternoon, this former nightclub, now a full-service restaurant, is clocking in at 65 decibels. It was cracking into the 90s when I checked my sound meter the previous Friday evening.
We had been encouraged by our dinner waitress – wearing a “Misfits” T-shirt – to come in for the green bean sandwich ($10). She feigned ecstasy recalling its ingredients. We’re digging the well-crusted, but still light fried calamari and hot peppers ($8) as well as a squishy-crunchy po’ boy stuffed with soft-shell crab and coleslaw ($12).
Even though the on-line version of Oakland in the Boston Globe has better quality photos and will reach way more people, there’s still something more satisfying about newspapers and actual print. Also, Joe is in the newspaper, too, making a Joe’s Smash.
“OpenTable Inc., the online restaurant reservation system, has compiled its Best Late Night Finds of 2011 as part of its annual Diners’ Choice award.
The San Francisco-based company polled nearly 10 million of its users to create this year’s list of the country’s 50 best restaurants for after-hours eats.”
Chef John Mardikian. Some recent reviews: Inside Bayarea & Examiner