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Jul 25, 2008 10:06 AM

Old Oakland - Cock-A-Doodle Cafe at night - Ceviche , Sopes de Tinga and Tamarind mojito?

Has anyone tried it yet?

According to the Contra Costa Times, the night time hours (5 to 10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays) will only last through the summer.

It seems tha that more restaurants are opening in the evening with Cafe 817 opening a wine bar.

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  1. I went last night with my husband, and we really enjoyed it. It wasn't that crowded when we got there around 7:30 so we were able to get a table out back. We shared four dishes which ended up being a lot of food -- the servings were pretty generous given the "small plates meant to be shared" sizes we were expecting. All of the dishes were in the $8 to $14 range.

    The dishes we enjoyed the most were the pupusas and the torta cubana. I'd definitely go back for those two. The shrimp ceviche was also very good. The other dish, the ropa vieja, which was something like stewed beef (flank steak??) with rice served with a pickled beet and cabbage salad, was disappointing.

    I tried the tamarind mojito which I enjoyed. People at the other tables seemed to be enjoying the sangria.

    We were stuffed so we skipped dessert, but the options were flan or fried plantains with coconut ice cream. Our waitress said that they are still working on the desert menu.

    All in all, we really enjoyed our dinner at Cock-A-Doodle and plan to be back before the summer's over.

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    1. re: hummy

      Thanks for the report. It moves it up on my to try list. Interesting they have Cuban dishes on the menu like ropa vieja

      Cock-A-Doodle Cafe
      719 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

      1. re: rworange

        Maybe Cock-A-Doodle Cafe's attempts at Cuban is to differentiate themselves from Tamarindo Antojeria round the corner. Both are my faves in Old Oakland - Cock-a-Doodle for their breakfasts, and Tamarindo for lunches/dinners.

        1. re: rworange

          I saw this thread and tried Cock-a-Doodle Cafe for Lunch today.

          Had a superb Cuban sandwich. Carnitas-like pork, pancetta, Bibb lettuce tomato, cucumbers and a garlic aioli. I would have preferred a crustier roll but that is the only nit I could find to pick. I don't have much experience with Cuban sandwiches so maybe a soft roll is traditional. Whatev, but the flavors were fantastic.

          I'll be back for sure.

          They also had "Al Pastor Chicken" on the menu both as a breakfast scramble and as a lunch option. Intriguing.

      2. I walked by late this afternoon and they had a sandwich board sign saying they're now open Th-Sat for dinner/tapas. Given it's Oct now, perhaps it's permanent. The menu definitely looked interesting...enough to look for it online.

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        1. re: ML8000

          That's really pan-Latin American -- there are dishes from Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru and Belize!

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Sad to say, though, that as Cock-a-Doodle Cafe attempts to branch out into serving dinner, the standard of its breakfast items appeared to have suffered: their large orange juice (which used to be thick & pure) is now watered down & filled with ice. Even choice of breakfast dishes have been reduced. I used to breakfast there on 10 days out of 12 when I'm in Oakland on each business trip - which works out to more than 60 times this year alone. But I went there only TWICE this time over 2 weeks, and may not be going back again.