Archive for May, 2007

Top Dog

Top DogI had my first Top Dog the first day I moved to Berkeley when I was 17. 20 years later I’m still going to Top Dog whenever I get a craving for a hot dog. Top Dog carries many different kinds of sausages: bockwurst, kielbasa, bratwurst, linguiƧa, calabrese, hot links, bird dogs (turkey w spices), and even veggies dogs. Sometimes they even serve what they call “Bambi Dogs” which are, as you might have guessed, venison dogs. Although they are all over the Bay, I prefer to go to their outlet inside the Oakland uber-Longs.

Top Dog (Oakland)
5100 Broadway Oakland, CA 94611

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Bittersweet: the chocolate cafe

BittwersweetWhen Bittersweet Cafe opened a few years ago I didn’t give it much thought. It looked like just another cafe and we’ve already got a few we like. What I didn’t realize at the time was that they specialized in chocolate based beverages. Now I go there for the ‘Bittersweet’ and the ‘Classic’ (which used to be called the European and the American). Each of these is a coffee/chocolate combination better than any old mocha I’ve ever had. They use top quality chocolate and also sell bars of the stuff and desserts too. It’s well worth a visit. They close at 7 on every day except Friday and Saturday when they’re open ’til 9. Check it out and you will become a regular.

5427 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

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