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The Warehouse Bar and Grill, Oakland?

Ruth Lafler Sep 1, 2006 11:54 PM

My personal trainer was raving last night about the Philly cheese steak he had at the Warehouse Bar and Grill. It looks like kind of a divey place, but also like the kind of place that might very well have some good old-fashioned bar food.



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  1. ae1011 RE: Ruth Lafler Sep 2, 2006 03:25 AM

    The Warehouse is a cop bar which you can easily determine from the decor (and apparently the website). So if it appears divey it's because the patrons are off-duty cops looking to decompress from their shift ;) I've only had bar food when at the game to watch a sporting event. Give it a try and report back..

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      merle RE: Ruth Lafler Sep 3, 2006 03:35 PM

      Wow, I did not know there were any restaurants past Franklin in that area. The menu looks a bit pricy, but who knows? It could be good.

      The "live lingerie competition with prizes" starting at 5pm does make it look kind of seedy, though.

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      1. re: merle
        rworange RE: merle Sep 3, 2006 04:40 PM

        Yeah, but the new Sunday brunch might be something to check out

        "SUNDAY BRUNCH at theWAREHOUSE Bar and Grill starting July 16th. 11am to 3pm. Buffet including made to order omelets. $10.95. Mimosa and Champagne included. $14.95 includes roast beef and ham."

        Who says there are no more champagne brunches in the Bay Area.

        I don't see where you are getting the pricy vibe. The top priced sandwich is the Philly cheesesteak which comes with fries for $7.50. Most of the sandwiches are in the $5-$6 dollar range and come with fries.

        Oooohh ... I just noticed they have a Chicago dog. If they are open Labor Day that might be where I get my Labor Day hot dog.

        Also, the dinner prices (with soup or salad) seem really good ... $10.95 for a Friday prime rib dinner ... that includes listening to a live band... $6.95 for the special on other days.

        With all those cops, it should be a safe place, eh?

        And besides, "Talk Like a Pirate day" is being celebrated on Sept 19th ... and if you show up after 5 dressed like a pirate there's a free drink ... hmmm, cops dressed like pirates ... that has to be surreal.

        Actually there are a few restaurants in that area ... mainly coffee shops or delis, but more seem to be opening as condos and apartments get built in that area.

        - Rolanda’s Soul / Seafood (not sure on this. Just a sign & #)
        - Yia-Yia’s Café
        - Oakland Grill (haven't been for ages, looks the same)
        - Peerless where you can buy a "pepomint latte"
        - Cuckoo’s Nest
        - Sierra Deli - (and also sell banh mi)

        1. re: rworange
          Ruth Lafler RE: rworange Sep 3, 2006 06:15 PM

          Yeah, I thought it looked pretty cheap. And you're right: "surreal" is the only word for cops dressed as pirates.

          Cuckoo's Nest is pretty good, but Oakland Grill is surprisingly bad.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler
            chezchristine RE: Ruth Lafler Sep 6, 2006 12:42 AM

            I used to go to the Cuckoo's Nest for breakfast and lunch, as I worked nearby. Sometimes food can be a little greasy, but not too bad. Breakfast pastries were hit and miss- they outsource them and I'm not sure where they're from

            Coffee's pretty good, they have a frequent buyer card thing in place.

          2. re: rworange
            merle RE: rworange Sep 3, 2006 08:02 PM

            I guess I'm comparing the prices to northern downtown Oakland, where you would be hard pressed to spend $7.50 for a Philly cheesesteak. For the area it's in, that does seem decently priced. And I did just say "a bit" pricy: it's not bad, but I don't think I'll go out of my way to have lunch there.

            I thought there were several places with champagne brunches..? It has been a while since I looked, though.

            1. re: merle
              rworange RE: merle Sep 4, 2006 12:10 AM

              Not to be argumentative, but where are you getting cheesteaks that inexpensive. I was paying about that price in Richmond WITHOUT fries.

              I guess it might depend on portion size. If you get the small cheesesteak and fries from The Cheese Steak Shop it would cost a little over $5.50. A regular with a large fries would be a little over $8.


              It's just that I've been eating rather low on the hog lately and when I stop buy places like Cafe Fanny, the prices seem so expensive. These prices seem as low as, or even lower than a lot of the divy joints I've been frequenting.

              1. re: rworange
                merle RE: rworange Sep 4, 2006 02:25 PM

                Bellyroll Ben's (19th near Franklin) came to mind immediately; I think it's $5.50. I have no idea how it compares in terms of portion size, but it's quite ample for me for lunch (and comes with fries). There's another place near there that I am forgetting, but it's around $6.50 for the same.

                I was going to have mentioned IB's, but I believe that with fries it's about $7.50 as well.

                Prospect Park (17th and Broadway) has a cheesesteak, and they do have specials with fries and/or a drink, but I have never tried it there. I do know they have a burger/fries/drink for $4, so imagine the cheesesteak special would be competitive.

                And these *are* a bit divy, but they aren't bars with lingerie contests...

            2. re: rworange
              chezchristine RE: rworange Sep 6, 2006 12:43 AM

              Sierra Deli used to have great made-to-order breakfast sandwiches. Prepared salads are also good, and they used to make some of their pastries in-house.

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