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OpenTable Diners’ Choice 2014 Hot Spot Restaurants in America

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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.”

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CBQ Voted the Best Un-burger in Oakland!

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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

New Review From the Chronicle

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).

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