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Top Chef alum Preeti Mistry reveals her favorite restaurants in the East Bay

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Virginia Miller


While you might recognize Preeti Mistry from TV (Top Chef, Parts Unknown), it’s her down-to-earth personality and Indian home cooking that have made her a local power player with two restaurants in the East Bay: Juhu Beach Club and Navi Kitchen, which opened earlier this year. Here’s where Mistry plots her next moves (when she’s not devouring her own Indian-Neapolitan pizzas).

Secret garden, secret menu.

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Brunch battle

“I recently switched my allegiance from Boot and Shoe Service to Penrose (3311 Grand Ave, Oakland) for brunch. I love the steak and eggs with some great veggies from the live fire grill.”

Orange stir fried beef Great China, Berkeley

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Dim sum dinner

“For Chinese food, I go to Great China (2190 Bancroft Way, Berkeley) and order the pork dumplings.”

Sandwich spot

Stay Gold Deli (2635 San Pablo Ave, Oakland) is one of my favorites for the laid-back vibe and the brisket sandwich with pimento cheese.”

Back in the saddle again! First shift at the lodge. 4pm-8pm.

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Perfect pairing

The Lodge (3758 Piedmont, Oakland) makes the perfect Negroni. And it serves Tater Tots with nacho cheese!”

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