Recommended by : Daniel Holzman (Co-Owner, The Meatball Shop)

Cuisine:Asian Fusion, Nouveau American. Price: $$. Location: .

Located in uptown Oakland, this small space is both a cozy, neighborhood gem and a sophisticated culinary escapade. The so-called “upscale diner” serves food with a Japanese flare—from the beef-tongue topped First Base Burger to the “salt and pepper Monterey squid”—and even boasts an elegant cocktail menu, featuring both a “classic gin fizz” and an “uptown egg cream.”  Proof that the foodie scene is present all over the Bay Area, Hopscotch exceeds expectations by finding creativity in contradictions.