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In Defense of Oakland

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EBX.jpgNow firmly entrenched at the East Bay Express—after leaving his post at SF Weekly in MayJohn Birdsall is ready to fire off the top 10 reasons Oakland is a great place to eat. Most of them include a jab at San Francisco, in some way shape or form: "1. Bartenders who will actually make you a drink. 2. Age diversity. 3. Unpretentious staff. 4. A connection to neighborhoods. 5. Small businesses. 6. Approachable chefs and owners. 7. Kids. 8. Affordable menu prices. 9. Food-craft startups. 10. Fruitvale, Fruitvale, Fruitvale." Take that! [EBX]

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