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East Bay Lunch Suggestion, please

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I need help finding a place for lunch close to or on Lake Merritt that is open on Monday. Thanks

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  1. How close? Walking or driving?

    1. My favorite lunch places in the area are Jong Ga (Korean), Shanghai, and Spices!3 (Sichuan). If you're driving, Champa Garden, Chai Thai, and Green Papaya are just a few minutes away. I think they're all open Monday.

      There's also the new Lake Chalet, but reports haven't been too enthusiastic.

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      Shanghai Restaurant
      930 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

      Spices 3
      369 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607

      Jong Ga House
      372 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

      1. it also depends what you mean by close to Lake Merritt, there are places that are close to either side of the Lake, but it would take a long time to walk from one to the other.

        1. Los Cantaros, 336 Grand Ave.

          1. I believe Sidebar on Grand Ave. is open for lunch on Mondays. Good burgers, decent mussels and fries, etc.

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            Sidebar
            542 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

            1. LJ Quinn's Lighthouse on the Embarcadero.

              Gregoire on 40th and Piedmont.

              Chicken and Waffles at Merritt Bakery. Mmmm..

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              Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant And Pub
              51 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94607

              Merritt Bakery
              203 E 18th St, Oakland, CA 94606

              Gregoire
              4001 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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              1. re: dnerticus

                The food at Quinn's Lighthouse can be pretty bad, and it smells kind of bad inside. If the deck hasn't reopened, I wouldn't go there.

              2. Pho Anh Dao
                280 E 18th St
                Oakland, CA 94606-1729
                (510) 836-1566

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                1. re: wolfe

                  Thank you so much everyone, I will report back. I am helping a friend move and paint that day, so I need to have a tasty, recommended lunch to look forward to as a reward. Plus I have forwarded these suggestions to my friend who will be new to the neighborhood.

                  1. re: saffrongold

                    We ended up at Los Cantaros, it made the most sense with our long list of things to do and paint spattered clothes. Both ordered the Veracruz salad, which has a generous portion of romaine, perfectly grilled prawns and tasty dressing. They had a selection of 7 different agua frescas to choose from. I would definitely go back. The only negative was blaring music.

                    1. re: saffrongold

                      Thanks for reporting back. That has actually been on my to try list for a while

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                      1. re: saffrongold

                        I just looked up Los Cantaros in Chow place and found 4. Are there 4 and if so could you bee more specific?

                        1. re: wolfe

                          The Los Cantaros where I dined is at 336 Grand Ave in Oakland.
                          I should mention the salad also has avocado, radishes and shredded jack cheese.
                          Can't attend the Chowhound picnic, I live across the street from GGPark and my place is headquarters for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Regret I cannot have my cake and eat it to. I hope this isn't the last year and I can attend in '10.