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Late lunch Sunday in Berkeley / Oakland?

Robert Lauriston Nov 29, 2006 06:45 PM

Having a late lunch with some highly critical palates. Where has great food, interesting old-world wine, and serves a full, non-brunch menu between 2pm and 4:30 on Sunday?

My first choices would be Chez Panisse, Oliveto, Pizzaiolo, Dopo, or A Cote, but they're all closed. Luka's has brunch till 3 and then only the limited bar menu. Cafe Rouge, lunch till 3 but then only the limited bar menu. Sea Salt, love the food but I'm not happy with their wine list. Cafe Rouge, limited bar menu only.

Cesar would work. Anyplace else?

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 29, 2006 06:59 PM

    Eccolo's "brunch" menu has a full breakfast and lunch selection until 4pm and you can order from the bar menu after 4pm.


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      Morton the Mousse RE: Melanie Wong Nov 29, 2006 07:22 PM

      I second the rec for Eccolo. I've been there for lunch or brunch at least five times in the past few months, and I've loved every meal. I'm partial to the chicken crisped under a brick (juicy meat, crispy skin, and excellet quality avocado on the side), the wild salmon salad, and the eggs benedict. They also do a damn good guac burger and fries, and will cook it rare if you ask nice. The food is much better than Cesar. Plus, you can follow it up with dessert at Sketch.

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        Robert Lauriston RE: Melanie Wong Sep 4, 2007 10:18 AM

        Had a great leisurely late lunch at Eccolo yesterday (one of the few places open Labor Day afternoon). Lucked out and got one of the four patio tables to enjoy the glorious weather.

        Salumi and cheese platter was great.

        Canelloni with fresh ricotta and tomato sauce, very nice.

        Chicken "under a brick" with heirloom tomato salad was great, reminded me of those warm Thai salads with meat.

        "Tuscan fries" were thin strips like at Cesar, closer to potato chips than fries.

        Would have tried the burger but my friend wasn't in the mood, so we got the croque monsieur, which was spectacular, as good as the best I've had in Paris.

        Would have tried the steak and poached eggs with salsa verde but by that time they'd switched to the afternoon bar menu.

        Service was polished and professional. Wine list is on the spendy side, selection of good whites around $30 but there weren't any reds under $60 that really appealed to us.

        This was such a good meal I think I'll try dinner again soon. Definitely supplants Cesar as #1 on my short list of places for a decadent late lunch.

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          Morton the Mousse RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 4, 2007 07:11 PM

          I'm so glad that you enjoyed Eccolo, Robert. I was there on Monday as well. Had an ethereal fish and chips: expertly fried cod, and a well balanced tartar sauce. It put Sea Salt's to shame. Our server said she was selling them all day, so hopefully it will become a regular dish on the menu.

      2. Sasha RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 29, 2006 07:43 PM

        Perhaps Citron on College?

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          Robert Lauriston RE: Sasha Nov 29, 2006 08:02 PM

          Closed between 3:00 and 5:30.

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          zaftig RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 30, 2006 05:24 PM

          I've had a lovely late sunday lunch at Sea Salt on San Pablo in Berkeley. They're open 11:30am-10pm everyday. www. seasalt.com

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          1. re: zaftig
            Robert Lauriston RE: zaftig Nov 30, 2006 05:40 PM

            If only they'd improve the wine list.

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              Armoise RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 1, 2006 05:20 PM

              Oh how I second that! I love their food but I am always disappointed with what is available to drink with it.

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                zin1953 RE: Armoise Dec 2, 2006 04:36 AM

                Which has always surprised me, given Lalime's.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 12, 2006 04:57 PM

                They have improved the wine list:


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              chefmoss RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 2, 2006 02:28 AM

              Somerset on College (near Chabot) is excellent. Use to be Ms. Milley's in SF in Noe Valley. Their breakfasts and dinners are excellent and orignal, despite what looks to be an otherwise plain looking menu. I have not been there for lunch but everything for breakfast and dinner that I have had three times in the last month has been very good and reasonably priced. Also, very nice atmosphere if you are taking someone out. BUT I am not sure of the time so call them first.

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              1. re: chefmoss
                Robert Lauriston RE: chefmoss Dec 2, 2006 04:11 PM

                Brunch until 2, then closed till 5:30.


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                Cerise 37 RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 3, 2006 12:13 AM

                I've never been there, but I do here nice reports every so often.
                What about Trader Vic's?

                1. Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 12, 2006 04:58 PM

                  We gave up on wine and went to El Huarache Azteca.

                  Champa Garden's also open all afternoon.

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                    Ruth Lafler RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 12, 2006 07:58 PM

                    You could always have brought your own.

                    Champa Garden serves Navarro wines, which is a great decision on their part, I think. What kind of wine goes with Mexican food?

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler
                      jeffyd RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 13, 2006 03:03 AM

                      Gewurz, Riesling, Pinot Blanc and big spicy reds.

                  2. Lori SF RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 12, 2006 05:25 PM

                    How about Rockridge Cafe for a burger and milkshake? If Buba is there he makes the best burgers.. ok maybe not what you are looking for. I thought Oliveto still serves downstairs area at this time, which I like better than upstairs. Is the Pearl place across the street serving at that time?

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                    1. re: Lori SF
                      Robert Lauriston RE: Lori SF Dec 12, 2006 05:39 PM

                      On Sunday, Oliveto downstairs does lunch until 3, dinner starts at 5:00.


                    2. Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 4, 2007 10:21 AM


                      El Huarache Azteca
                      3842 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

                      Champa Garden
                      2102 8th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606

                      Sea Salt
                      2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

                      Bar C├ęsar
                      4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

                      1820 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

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