Bay Space’s Greatest 50 Eating places: No. 1-10

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To listen to Michelin and James Beard reps discuss, it typically looks like the Bay Space consists solely of San Francisco, with the occasional daring foray into Oakland — or wherever David Kinch hangs out. We suspect tunnel worry — or Freeway 101-ophobia.

However the East and South Bay restaurant scene provides tons of of unbelievable eating experiences, and our restaurant critics and meals writers have sampled all of them, from swanky spots to holes-in-the-wall. Now we’re able to proclaim the Bay Space’s high 50 non-SF spots, an inventory topped by — OK, Manresa. (We, too, are Kinch followers.) Contemplate it not a lot a rating, as an inventory for all events and cravings.

Immediately, we’re diving into the highest 10, which is Oakland, Kinch and Michelin-heavy — however the remaining just isn’t. You’ll discover these right here: Bay Space Greatest: No. 11-20 // No. 21-30 // No. 31-40 // Nos. 41-50. (Ship your nominations for No. 51 to us at [email protected])

Now let’s get began, as a result of once you’re craving over-the-top culinary creativity — or Arab road meals, Cambodian fare or farm-to-fork lushness — you don’t need to wait.

Manresa, Los Gatos: While you need not a 1-star or 2-star however a 3-star Michelin expertise

David Kinch’s Manresa restaurant holds quite a few awards by itself, together with three Michelin stars, however it’s additionally launched the careers of cooks throughout the Bay Space. (Karl Mondon/Bay Space Information Group) 

Three Michelin stars is pretty much as good because it will get, and chef-owner David Kinch has achieved that rarefied standing within the South Bay. He’s legendary for sensible transformations of California produce and coastal seafood; his signature “Into the Backyard” course is all the time a shocking seasonal presentation. Regardless of the popularity, Kinch has by no means been one to relaxation on his laurels. He’s cultivated new concepts — and new expertise — by opening his paean to New Orleans, The Bywater, in addition to the Manresa Bread cafe and bakeries. Subsequent up? An Italian-French idea in Aptos known as Mentone.

Order: Put together for surprises. It’s a prix-fixe tasting menu.

Particulars: 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos; $$$$

Nyum Bai, Oakland: While you lengthy for the Golden Age of Cambodia — and Phnom Penh road meals

Prahok kitss, or stir-fried minced pork in coconut milk, is a well-liked Cambodian dish at Oakland’s new Nyum Bai. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Space Information Group). 

You don’t go to Nyum Bai in case you occur to be in Fruitvale. You get in your automotive wherever you’re, drive to Fruitvale and seem in James Beard-nominated chef-owner Nite Yun’s poppy, pastel-hued restaurant as a result of the yearning for lemongrass-glazed pork chops, jasmine rice cooked in hen fats and fermented fish paste-everything is simply too fierce. Wash down the stir-fried pea tendrils and salted beans with a crisp native brew, like Ale Industries’ Golden State of Thoughts, an natural tea beer. Like pho? You’ll love Kuy Teav, a rice noodle soup in pork broth with sliced brisket, minced pork, shrimp, crispy garlic, lime and herbs.

Order: Kuy teav phnom penh, Lok lac, fried hen, cha mee sor glass noodles

Particulars: 3340 E. twelfth St.;; $

Chez TJ, Mountain View: While you’d like a facet of Victoriana along with your dinner

A summer season tomato tartine with Cinco Jotas ham was a part of a current tasting menu at Chez TJ in Mountain View. (Karl Mondon/Bay Space Information Group) 

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