The Chronicle’s Michael Bauer has the following to say today about Wood Tavern, a perennial favorite of many Berkeley and Oakland residents:

Rich and Rebekah Wood, who formerly owned Frascati, decided to open nearer where they lived, and they’ve created a restaurant that stradles the Oakland/Berkeley border and is claimed by both sides. I’d move there just for the “Wicked Good” seafood stew and the Manhattans.”

Read his take on other restaurants that capture the soul of their neighborhoods here.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. Sadly, Mama Lans seems to be gone. I drove by today and instead there was a sign for a new Thai restaurant.

  2. Other neighborhood favorites

    Cugini & Rivoli on Solano in Thousand Oaks/Albany

    Inn Kensington on The Arlington in Kensington

    Kensington Circus Pub on Colusa in Kensington

    Mama Lans and Lalimes on Gilman in Westbrae

    Breads of India on Sacramento in Central Berkeley

    Goia on Hopkins in Northbrae – the best Pizza west of Lexington Avenue