Food near BART
- rworange Jun 23, 2009 01:00 AM
There are periodically questions about food near BART stations.
Looking for something else, I came across this site which lists business near BART including restaurants.
Unfortunately it isn't very comprehensive, but a start
BART also has maps with restaurants, but again .. not too comprehensive and some of the places are quite a bit away. Here's the Fruitvale Station. Select restaurant from the drop down list and you will see what I mean.
Maybe this would be a good catch all thread for good restaurants and food shops within walking distance of BART Stations.
Since I was hanging around West Oakland recently, I put together this list of food near the West Oakland BART station.
Places I think of when I want someplace near BART:
12th St Oakland: Legendary Palace, Shanghai, Spices!3, Trappist
16th & Mission: Pauline's Pizza, Poc-Chuc
19th St Oakland: Cafe Van Kleef's, Flora, Franklin Square Wine Bar, Luka's, Vo's
24th & Mission: Old Jerusalem
Downtown Berkeley: Anh Hong, Corso, Great China, Jayakarta, Ryowa Ramen, Turkish Kitchen
Macarthur: Chef Yu's, Dan Sung Sa, Seoul Gom Tang
Montgomery: Paladar, TWO
Rockridge: À Côté, Oliveto
re: Robert Lauriston
Food near BART - 12th St City Center Station
Food near BART - 16th St Mission Station
Food near BART - 19th St Oakland Station
Food near BART - Downtown Berkeley Station
Food mear BART - Montgomery St Station
Food near BART - Rockridge Station
I'm still working on the 24th St list
Not really short lists. The good, the bad, the ugly. Depends on what people provide. If the 25 list limit gets reached then I'll start culling off the least worthy ... unless something is really, really despicable ... then it will stay in there as a warning.
I'll bet you never heard of Annie's Cafe in El Cerrito cuz I never did until I was trying to search for Al's and came across it. In a rock climbing place
I didn't put it in though because I'm trying to decide if I want to add Pacific East Mall. It is more of a trek than I'm planning for these, but then again
Food near BART - El Cerrito Plaza Station
Food I like near 24th Street Mission: El Farolito (burritos, quesadilla suiza), Taqueria San Jose (only tried some al pastor tacos there but it was pretty good), Phat Philly (wagyu cheesesteaks!)
Taqueria San Jose
2830 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2779 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3388 24th St, San Francisco, CA
You are barely scratching the surface of good stuff near the 24th and Mission BART Station. I would add Foreign Cinema, Lolos, Boogalos, Zaytoon, Garcon, Big Mouth Burger, B3, Papalote, La Provence, Aslam's
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110
1001 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110
1136 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Big Mouth Burgers
3392 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
As a frequent Bart rider I love this thread:
Union City Bart: Mr Kebab, Bakery La Mejor, Gulistan Restaurant, New China, Little Sheep, Little Shen Yang, Jenjon's Cafe, Little Potato, Banyan Tree
Embarcadero Bart: Osha Thai, La Mar, Ferry Building, Epic Roasthouse, Town's End, Boulevard, One Market Restaurant, Slanted Door, Perbacco
Lafayette Bart: Kopitiam
Fremont Bart: Shalimar
24th St Bart: Tortas Los Picudos, Mission Pie, Anthony's Cookies, Spork, Delfina, Dosa on Valencia, La Palma Mexicatessen, Range, Udupi Palace
Civic Center Bart: Hayes & Kebab, Sebo, Il Borgo, Turtle Tower, Thai House Express, Lers Ros Thai, Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen, Sai Jai Thai, Naan-N-Curry, Sultan, New Delhi Indian Restaurant
Glen Park Bart: Gialina Pizzeria
12th St Bart: Battambang
Thanks so much. I think I got them all, but I left a few out due to distance.
La Mar is too much of a walk, especially with so many other restaurants nearby As much as I like it, ditto for Town’s End.
For the 24th St station, Delfina and Range was pushing it distance-wise. I left Tacos Los Picudos, Spork Udupi and Dosa, but if closer restaurants show up and room runs out, they will be the first to get bumped.
Food near BART - Fremont Station
Food near BART - Glen Park Station
Food near BART - Lafayette Station
Food near BART - Union City Station
Lists will not let me enter Jenjon's Café. I’ll try again later
Near 16th and Mission, I would add Ti Couz creperie, one of the few places in the Bay Area that has savory buckwheat crepes (galettes in French parlance), and the Breton ciders to go with; and across the street from it, Truly Mediterranean for great falafel and shwarma.
Ti Couz Creperie
3108 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
3109 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
BTW do you have a criteria for 'close walking distance'? How about 1/2 mile radius?
Besides Kopitiam in Lafayette, I'd also suggest Swad.
In 30 minutes I'm off to Concord, no list for there yet ?
more to add from this post & others:
Montgomery Bart: Paladar Cafe Cubano, Muracci, Irish Bank Bar, Coi, Gitane, B44, Zinnia
Embarcadero Bart: Waterbar. Red's Java House
Powell Bart: Theatre Too Cafe, Pearl's Delux Burgers
Downtown Berkeley Bart: Chick-O-Pea, Pie-In-The-Sky, Cyprus, Yogurt Harmony, Almare Gelato, Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen, Bobby G's Pizzeria, Chez Panisse, Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe, Poulet, Love At First Bite, Gregoire, Guerilla Cafe, Masse's Bakery
When I was at Ashby Bart on Sat I saw at the flea market: Daniel's Caribbean Kitchen- anyone try it? Plus, there was also El Taco Oaxaco
re: Caitlin McGrath
How about Pleasant Hill BART. My hubby had to take a job out there and he really misses lunch time south of Market in SF. Any ideas for places within walking distance form Pleasant Hill BART? (of course, we know it takes about 20 minutes just to cross an intersection on foot there!)
I'll be surprised if anyone comes up with chow-worthy places close to Pleasant Hill or Walnut Creek BART.
OTOH if you find yourself in Orinda, try out Turquoise (Mediterranean) or the new Pizzeria Amoroma across the street. The pizza at the latter is actually THIN (not sure if 'New York' thin) and superior quality; the one we had with goat cheese, sausage and red onion was darn good. La Piazza and Shelby's also serve better than average pizza and have had staying power, must be the competition even more than the convenience factor.
Europa has been good for sandwiches but I haven't been in a while.
Turquoise Mediterranean Grill
70 Moraga Way, Orinda, CA 94563
65 Moraga Way, Orinda, CA 94563
To be completely honest, you're right on Walnut Creek BART... there's really nothing chow worthy within a couple of blocks, but if one is to utilize the Free Ride shuttle in Downtown WC, you can get most anywhere between WC BART and Broadway Plaza.
I can think of only one place within 2-3 blocks of WC BART, and that's Skippolinis Pizza. It's not that super thin pizza crust kind of pizza, but it's good pizza.
I'll bite... I live in the neighborhood.
On the corner of Sunnyvale Ave and N. Main, there's a tiny Japanese restaurant called Nama Sushi that is pretty good.
That's the only good place I can think of within walking distance, unless you like overpriced, mediocre BBQ like Back Forty.
I bet some folks here could easily flesh out the Oakland Fruitvale BART station area? (it's been too long since I have been down there)
Here's places that I have personally tried within a few blocks of Concord BART... my husband has worked at an office between Concord BART and Todos Santos Plaza for the past 10 years.
1) Taqueria El Farolito 6... on Grant St. Ambiance is terrible, but very good taqueria eats.
2) Suwa, a Japanese restaurant on the corner of Salvio and Mt. Diablo. Authenic homestyle Japanese food.
3) Korean Bulgogi House, on Salvio between Galindo and Mt. Diablo... good Korean food, not as good as Korea House down in the Park and Shop, but still good.
4) Wuong Luang Thai Cuisine, on Mt. Diablo next to Peets, has great Pad Thai if you're into Pad Thai.
5) Skippolinis Pizza, on the corner of Galindo and Salvio. Good pizza, nothing gourmet, but good. This location has a nicer interior than the Walnut Creek location.
6) I (heart) Teriyaki, on Salvio in the Brenden Theater complex. Good teriyaki, decent sushi, but a somewhat limited menu.
If you're willing to go a little farther, there is a good Korean restaurant and 2 good Pho places in the Park and Shop... one of the pho places (Saigon Bistro) has awesome Banh Mi.
re: J T
A 1/2 mile radius would be a good distance, it's considered to be about the maximum distance that most people will walk to a train station. It's roughly equivalent to a 10 minute walk.
There's a lot around 19th St. Oakland BART, including (lunchtime) Bakesale Betty and Trueburger.
Great thread, RW Orange and folks. Not counting the airport, there are 42 BART stations, by my count people named places around 22. I see that this is a year old thread. If anybody wanted to revive it the missing stations are Richmond, North Berkeley, Lake Merritt, Coliseum, San Leandro, Bayfair, Hayward, South Hayward, Castro Valley, Dublin/Pleasanton, Pleasant Hill, North Concord, Pittsburg/Bay Point, Balboa Park, Daly City, Colma, San Bruno, South San Francisco, and Millbrae.
5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
146 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
There's been quite a bit of discussion about the various HK-style Chinese restaurants near the Millbrae station (usually in conjunction with talking about places near SFO).
There's not much around the Coliseum station: a place across the street that has had various incarnations (burgers, BBQ, etc.) none of them very good. It's also not a neighborhood where people feel comfortable walking.
The Lake Merritt station is walking distance from Oakland Chinatown and also some of the places east of Jack London Square.
Jack London Square
70 Washington St # 207, Oakland, CA
re: Ruth Lafler
Well, it could be considered a 2-block walk to get out of the Millbrae BART station to the city street, so I guess that eliminates Hong Kong Flower Lounge/Mayflower plus the many other Chinese options that are walking distance (less than 0.5 miles) but more than 3-blocks from the station by rworange's definition. But for visitors passing through SFO, take heart, many airport travelers have no trouble walking to HKFL from the BART station along the line of sight to the restaurant. And the restaurant personnel are responsive when you tell them you have a plane to catch.
There's a pupusa place by West Oakland BART.
1498 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607
"Food near Bart" is best explored from the San Francisco/Embarcadero Station side. It's a target-rich environment when you get above ground: Ferry Plaza, Tadich, Perbacco/Barbacco, Yank Sing, Bix, Boulevard, and so on. Oakland/Berkeley requires a car to enjoy the bounty of the East Bay.
56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133
49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105
I like the East Bay (newbie that I am) and I love mass transit (my record speaks for itself). Distance in Oakland is more travel-intensive than downtown San Francisco. Oakland/Berkeley is an area that covers a lot of square miles with so-so mass transit. I have no problems calling a cab after popping up at a BART station. Bike? That implies a residence. I'm a (frequent) visitor.
re: steve h.
all that you say is more or less true. but, other than a few areas, primarily around the mission, sf is pretty hard to get around in with a bike. i find that berkeley and oakland are more bike friendly, hence you can access places beyond the one half mile radius redrover mentions above. and other than high commute times, you can board bart with a bike. in fact, there have already been 2 taco truck bike tours in oakland, with both crews meeting at the lake merritt bart. i guess im just promoting bike use in your chow tours.
re: steve h.
I don't think that's true at all. There's a lot of great food in Oakland and Berkeley in walking distance from BART. You have all of Oakland Chinatown, all of Rockridge (A Cote, Wood Tavern, Oliveto), everything in Uptown, so Pican, Lukas, Hibiscus, Downtown Oakland, etc. The only restaurant heavy parts of Oakland or Berkeley that aren't an easy walk from BART are Temescal, Piedmont Ave and the Gourmet Ghetto, but even those are just a longer walk or an easy bus ride.
And I also don't think that Embarcadero is the best food near BART station -- plenty of good stuff there, sure, but either of the Mission Stations is pretty chow rich, and more interesting than the financial district.
6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618
2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
re: steve h.
Getting around on transit is easier in San Francisco--San Francisco is one of the most transit-rich cities in the United States. But in terms of this thread, there are a number of East Bay BART stations with good food options within a short walk. There's Downtown Berkeley, Macarthur, 19th St., 12th St., Lake Merritt, Fruitvale, and Union City (though the walking environment there isn't real good) on the Richmond-Fremont line. There's Rockridge and Lafayette on the Pittsburg/Bay Point line. Then there are stations that don't have a whole bunch of nearby places, but have a few--like Sweet Adeline bakery near Ashby BART. The same would apply for Orinda.
3350 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA
re: steve h.
But BART serves pretty limited areas of San Francisco, so if you want to get to other good food neighborhoods - say, the Richmond for Chinese - you must walk or look to other public transit, in this case, a bus. And it's doable. Well, the same is true in Oakland and Berkeley. There's lots near BART, but the rest is not too hard to get to on foot or by bus. Some of us live here without cars, and we don't give up lots of options because of it.
re: steve h.
I disagree for the purposes of this thread -- there are a lot more great food places in San Francisco that are completely inaccessible by BART than there are in the East Bay. In Berkeley and Oakland, you can go to probably at least 70% of the most chow worthy places with an easy walk from a BART station, but that's not at all the same in San Francisco. The Richmond, the Marina, Nopa, many places in Noe Valley, and lots more are either a really long walk from, or are almost impossible to get to, if you're just counting on BART. If you're counting Muni, then that's different, but then AC Transit gets into the loop in the East Bay. Getting around the East Bay is pretty easy from a mass transit perspective, you just have to learn a whole different mass transit system.
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
re: Robert Lauriston
Even some areas that you might think are from BART aren't. Fourth St., for example, is less than a mile from North Berkeley BART. The ugliest walk might be El Cerrito Plaza to Pacific East Mall, but even that's not so far. San Francisco's set up differently--if you wanted to do a parallel thread you could like at the Muni Metro light rail lines.
3288 Pierce St # M126, Richmond, CA
El Cerrito Plaza
San Pablo Ave and Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito, CA
The links are at the top of the posts. They have many of the suggestions from this thread. At the time I started them, something went wrong with the list function and I never picked up on it again. Currently there was a new list bug so .. sigh.
I'll see what's happening after the Sept 15 release.
Anyone can create their own list. It is not as evident because some insane ... and I mean truly mentally ill .. spammers took over the function so it no longer has a prominant place on the site. There is still a link to create lists on your profile page.
Here's the link to site-wide lists
I recently started an internship at the SF Airport and so I've been hunting for cheap and delicious dinner stop-overs before going home near North Oakland. I like "ethnic" eats and dine mostly by myself, so my list primarily consists of places that are good for that. I also really only go around 6PM so I have no idea if these stay open much later......hopefully, this will be useful for someone!
La Taqueria (Mexican) - great tacos
El Farolito (Mexican) - carnitas plate is the bomb
Latin American Club (bar) - no food here, but a great place for happy hour with friends (try the margaritas!)
Pakwan (Pakistani) - decent tandoori chicken tikka
The Sycamore (bar w/ snacks) - yummy sliders! and they have a decent selection of beers (eg. Dogfish Head 90 min IPA)
Thai House Express (Thai) - the khao ka moo is super tender and flavourful
Burmese Kitchen (Burmese) - I like their pork curry as well as their spicy fish
Lers Ros (Thai) - duck laarb!
Sai Jai Thai (Thai) - pork neck!
Canto do Brazil (Brazilian) - a little farther away (just w. of Van Ness), but great lunch specials (Feijoada on Fridays!)
12th Street Oakland:
8th Street Cafe (Cantonese) - more of a great value place than a great restaurant. BIG and decent $5 rice plates w/ soup. The papaya milkshake and fresh watermelon juice are $2.25 and $1.52 respectively. Kind of a steal.
The Trappist (beer bar) - an amazing selection of beer.
Phnom Penh (Cambodian) - just went yesterday for the first time. The Oakland public librarian who suggested it to me did not lie - the grilled chicken with lemongrass spices was fabulous
Gum Kuo (Cantonese) - a respectable HK style milk tea. The bok choy + chicken that I had was okay, a tad too sweet but I hear their cheung fun (not really dinner) is pretty solid
I was wondering if anyone knew of great Filipino places near the BART stations in the Peninsula. I'm thinking San Bruno BART and north...
Thai House Express
901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Gum Kuo Restaurant
388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Phnom Penh Restaurant
3912 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
Latin American Club
3286 22nd St, San Francisco, CA
Sai Jai Thai Restaurant
771 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109
None of the Filipino places I've been to are near San Bruno BART, but there are some not far from there.
They're mostly along El Camino, which has a number of SamTrans buses.
There are also a bunch along Mission St. near Daly City BART: