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Good Chinese on Grand Ave? Name of restaurant...

I seem to remember someone mentioning a good new Chinese place on Grand in Oakland. My sister and BIL live there and I wanted to give them the name because their choices in that area are not so hot....Am I making this up or is it a real memory?

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  1. I don't remember such a tip, and it didn't come up the last time restaurants on Grand were discussed:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    There's something about that neighborhood that seems to favor mediocre restaurants.

    1. Hmm. Must be middle-aged hallucinations again...

      1. Robert's right, though I am hoping this is starting to change. DiBartolo and Mezze are nice starts to reversing the mediocre. We just need more! I would love a good chinese place. I almost died when they put that horrid grand lake express in on Lakeshore. Why people eat that horrible excuse for food I will never know.

        1. Are you thinking of the Old Place Seafood Restaurant? I ride the bus and pass the place all the time and it seems pretty busy. It's not high-end and looks marginal. I can't say I've tried it, but a few co-workers have gone there for the dim sum and says it's pretty good. Here's some positive reviews on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/lu1oEo6j7vHOW...

          FYI, it's on Grand Avenue but in the area before you hit the Grand Lake Theatre. It's closer to the lake than to the theatre.

          1. The one I go to is Hunan Village. I would not say it is great, just good, but it beats all of the others in the neighborhood. It's one of those places you are never excited to go to unless you really crave Chinese and do not want to fight for parking in Chinatown...

            1. I like Cafe Millenium. It is a few doors down from Milano's which is across the street from the 7-11 at Mandana. It is run by a husband and wife team - not brand new, but probably the newest on Grand. Their specials are great, though it is not a good palce to eat-in as they only have a few tables and no atmosphere.

              I agree on Grand Lake express on Lakeshore - went once and never went back again. Not only is the food horrid there, but the customer service is awful!

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              1. re: oak foodie

                Hmmm. . .I've always skipped this place, because it looked like a second rate steam table place. Any particular specials or regular dishes that you'd particularly recommend?

              2. I think they do have steam table specials at lunch, but I have only ordered out for dinner where everything is prepared to order and can sometimes be slow if they are busy. Their Millenium beef and daily fish special are always good. I also ask what their best vegetable is that day which is not a menu item - frequently its a dry braised green bean or pea shoots. They will always try to accomodate you with any dish you like that is not on the menu.

                1. Good to know. Thanks for the info

                  1. My old neighborhood, never thought much of the food around there. I don't eat donuts well I use to when I could, but there is the best maple bar donut next to Peets on Lake Shore. Too bad about the Purple Plum closing not exactly in that hood. Coach Sushi is not bad on Grand Ave.
                    Other place near by-that I use to love
                    Cafe Eritrea d'Afrique-Ethiopean dishes on Telegraph

                    1. Not Chinese, and not on Grand Ave., but there's great Laotian and Vietnamese food at Champa Garden, 2102 8th Ave. at E 21st St. Lots of reports ehre.