[uds-announce] Oakland Ranks #5 on New York Times List of Places to Go to in 2012

Christian Peeples chris_peeples at yahoo.com
Sun May 6 00:20:39 UTC 2012

Dear UDS Folks:

     In January the New York Times published a list of 45 places in the world to go in 2012.  Oakland was number 5.  The Times said:

"5. Oakland, Calif.
New restaurants and bars beckon amid the grit.

Tensions have cooled since violence erupted at the recent Occupy Oakland protests, but the city’s revitalized night-life scene has continued to smolder.

The historic Fox Theater reopened in 2009 and quickly cemented its status as one of the Bay Area’s top music venues, drawing acts like Wilco and the Decemberists. Meanwhile, the city’s ever more sophisticated restaurants are now being joined by upscale cocktail bars, turning once-gritty Oakland into an increasingly appealing place to be after dark. James Syhabout, the chef who earned Oakland its first (and only) Michelin star two years ago at Commis, followed up in May with the instant-hit Hawker Fare, a casual spot serving Asian street food. Big-name San Francisco chefs are now joining him. Daniel Patterson (of two-Michelin-star Coi) opened the restaurant Plum in late 2010 and an adjacent cocktail bar later, and another restaurant, called Haven, in the recently renovated Jack London Square last month. INGRID K. WILLIAMS"


     Most of the places they mention are walking distance from the Marriott.

     Less expensive food is available at a number of places in Oakland's Chinatown -- also walking distance from the Marriott.

-- Chris Peeples --

H. E. Christian (Chris) Peeples
At-Large Director
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
1600 Franklin Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, California 94612-2800
510-891-7151, Fax: 658-1425
cpeeples at actransit.org

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