Jo’s Modern Thai
With a tropical, plant-filled back patio and Thai dishes that incorporate playful, Californian twists, Jo’s Modern Thai in East Oakland is where you want to be for date night or a casual catch up with friends. Everything that lands on the table is punchy, bold, and bright—which doesn’t surprise us, as the menu was developed by the chef behind the excellent Isaan Thai pop-up, Intu-on. There’s a thick, buttery shrimp toast drizzled with sweet and sour mayo, drunken noodles with brisket, pork laab burgers, and oysters topped with things like chili jam and strawberries. Order a bunch of dishes to share, wash them all down with a bright purple cocktail or two, and stay a while.