Article: “Speakeasy cuisine” (Jan.2006)

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“They were at Ghetto Gourmet — one of the hottest restaurants in the Bay Area that you have never heard of. And that’s by design.

Ghetto Gourmet isn’t listed in the phone book. Nor will you find it by cruising Rockridge’s restaurant row on College Avenue in Oakland. Ghetto Gourmet has no sign. It has no wine list. It doesn’t even have chairs.

…Culinary speakeasies like Ghetto Gourmet are popping up in cities in the Bay Area and beyond, across the country and around the world.

Part of the thrill, of course, is the hipness factor, the ego-inflating I-know-something-or-somebody-you-don’t-know feeling that comes with being on a VIP list. But underground diners also can find surprisingly good food at bargain-basement prices.”

source: “Speakeasy Cuisine” by Janine DeFao (San Francisco Chronicle, Jan.22,2006)

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