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Sep 5, 2008 10:28 PM

Saturday lunch in the east bay?

I'm meeting a friend for lunch on Saturday in the east bay. We are looking for lunch, not brunch/breakfast food. Cuisine could be most anything delicious - falafel, good deli, pizza etc. Less than $20 pp all in. Someplace we can sit and catch up and munch.

Location would be Berkeley or the part of Oakland near Berkeley as my friend will be coming from further east (walnut creek), and I'll be coming from SF.

A lot of places are not open for lunch on Saturday or do brunch or are fast food....

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  1. Numerous Korean restaurants on Telegraph near freeway exit from east and west.

    1. My current Saturday lunch list (except as noted, open continuously, lunch through dinner):

      Cesar* - Spanish tapas
      Chai Thai
      Champa Garden - Lao / Thai
      China Village - Sichuan Chinese
      Dopo - Cal-Italian (sandwiches & pizza at lunch; closes at 2:30)
      Eccolo* - Cal-Italian
      El Huarache Azteca - Jalisco / DF Mexican
      Great China - Chinese-Korean / Shandong (closes at 3:00)
      Jayakarta - Indonesian
      Jong Ga House - Korean
      Lanesplitter - pizza
      Ohgane - Korean
      Sea Salt* - seafood
      Shanghai - Shanghai Chinese
      T-Rex* - BBQ
      Wood Tavern* - American

      *If you hang out and have a few drinks, the tab could run over $20 pp.

      3915 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611

      Jayakarta Restaurant
      2026 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

      Shanghai Restaurant
      930 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

      China Village
      1335 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

      4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

      Champa Garden
      2102 8th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606

      Lanesplitter Berkeley
      2033 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

      T-Rex Barbeque
      1300 10th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

      Sea Salt
      2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

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

      Wood Tavern
      6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

      1820 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

      Lanesplitter Temescal
      4799 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

      Great China Restaurant
      2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

      Jong Ga House
      372 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

      Chai Thai Noodles
      545 B International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

      1. Walked by Oliveto in Rockridge today and they're doing a big re-model of the cafe downstairs. The barista I spoke to said they would be starting tomorrow with a somewhat limited but promising menu. Prices seem right. Given their great pizzas, it's worth consideration.