Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 6-10 pm.; Sat. 6-10 p.m.
One of the most striking things about Mockingbird, a California-style bistro in downtown Oakland, is how grown-up the place feels. If ever a restaurant was tailor-made for “date night,” this is it. The food is straight-up Northern California cuisine, with a menu that takes detours to Asia and the Middle East. Favorites include the Asian-inflected crispy pork torchon (drizzled with house-made fish sauce caramel), the classic bistro steak and fries, and one of the most succulent roast chickens in the East Bay — served, in the late fall, with a Moroccan spice rub, pomegranate-studded Israeli couscous, and crispy Brussels sprout leaves.
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