The bf's birthday was last week and even though we celebrated over the weekend we also went out to a special dinner on his actual birthday. We ate at a place I've been wanting to try for a while, Pican. It's in the Uptown area of Oakland surrounded by other really cool new restaurants like Plum, Ozumo, Bakesale Betty, and The Punchdown.
The restaurant was very swanky inside, had a good looking bar area and an open kitchen on one wall. We brought our own wine ($25 corkage fee) so I don't know how the drinks are, but I do know that they specialize in Bourbon. We had fried green tomatoes as an appetizer that were dressed up all fancy with feta, radishes, and a buttermilk dressing. I really enjoyed them but the bf thinks he could make it better and less fancy himself. For our main courses he had the duck and I had the fried chicken. The fried chicken was so good and to make it even better it was served with a smoked Gouda mac and cheese, yumzo! We also got a side of andoullie and scallion hushpuppies with a vinegar sauce, these were also very good. It was too much food for us so we ended up taking home half of the chicken and some hushpuppies. I really liked the food and atmosphere here and will definitely try to go back!