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Jun 27, 2007 11:36 AM

Oakland Lunch near 3rd and Oak (Jack London Square/Chinatown)

My office just moved to 3rd and Oak St. in Oakland, sort of on the far end of Jack London Square/Chinatown area. I'm aware of lunch options in more central downtown oakland and chinatown (like the Banh Mi places around Webster & 9th), but are there any good options closer to 3rd and Oak?


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  1. Have you tried Soizic Bistro- I know this would not be the typical work lunch just thought I would mention it. I use to like Nations burgers but that was because there were very few late night digs open.

    Remember Farmers Market on Friday- Old Town probably a hike but great vendors for lots of options.

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    1. re: Lori SF

      There's a taqueria next to Nation's on lower Broadway -- I haven't been there, but I noticed it because they kept the name of the Irish bar that was there before, so it's something like "Clancy's taqueria"; there's that cafe in one of the loft buildings on 4th, Cuckoo's Nest. The Oakland Grill looks like it would be good, but it's terrible -- stay away!

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I've never seen the taqueria open, although I've never walked by on a weekday lunch hour. Oakland Grill is good to very good for what it is...basic American breakfasts and sandwiches, quick, nice staff.

        There's also Buttercup (basic American) which I've never been to but heard surprisingly good things about it. Chicken and Waffles and Everett and Jones are also right there, although I don't see either as a daily or weekly lunch eat...maybe monthly.

        1. re: ML8000

          Hmmm ... last time I had breakfast at Oakland Grill, the service was terrible and the food was mediocre and overpriced (Denny's quality food at half again the price). I gave up on it.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            What did you order and how long ago?

            On weekends the place can be super busy. I've only had lunch in the past couple of years. The omelettes, basic sandwiches and soups have always been good but not outstanding. Service wise I've alway found them prompt, apologetic if something isn't right and ready for refills of water and ice tea.

            1. re: ML8000

              I don't remember what I ordered -- it was several years ago. What I remember was that I'd gone to the gym for an early workout, and I was both hungry and thirsty. Even though they weren't busy at all, it took forever to get waited on, to get some water (which came with ice, although I'd asked for it without), and that the food when it came wasn't worth the wait.

        2. re: Ruth Lafler

          About Clancy's.. the best review I have heard was: "File this one under only in Oakland (I guess), but if you ever want boiled tacos, I guess you can go to Clancy's Taqueria, on Broadway at the corner of 4th."

      2. I've eaten several breakfasts at Oakland Grill and liked 'em. Cuckoo's Nest service and/or food has been pretty awful and I've given up on it after three tries. Try the Vietnamese Pork Sandwich from Sierra Deli with a small order of the broccoli salad.

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          1. Slightly longer walk but funky and inexpensive is La Borinquena. Cafeteria with panaderia
            across from the police station.