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East Bay Lunch Suggestion, please

saffrongold Sep 18, 2009 12:19 PM

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

  1. Cindy Sep 18, 2009 12:21 PM

    How close? Walking or driving?

    1. Robert Lauriston Sep 18, 2009 12:25 PM

      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.

      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. v
        vulber Sep 18, 2009 12:31 PM

        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. s
          sydthekyd Sep 18, 2009 03:00 PM

          Los Cantaros, 336 Grand Ave.

          1. a
            abstractpoet Sep 18, 2009 03:20 PM

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

            542 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

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              dnerticus Sep 18, 2009 06:55 PM

              LJ Quinn's Lighthouse on the Embarcadero.

              Gregoire on 40th and Piedmont.

              Chicken and Waffles at Merritt Bakery. Mmmm..

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

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

              4001 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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              1. re: dnerticus
                Robert Lauriston Sep 19, 2009 10:22 AM

                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. wolfe Sep 18, 2009 07:17 PM

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

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                1. re: wolfe
                  saffrongold Sep 19, 2009 10:47 AM

                  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
                    saffrongold Sep 21, 2009 07:14 PM

                    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
                      rworange Sep 21, 2009 10:41 PM

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

                      Ninth Annual Chowing with the Hounds Picnic! October 3rd, 2009

                      1. re: saffrongold
                        wolfe Sep 22, 2009 07:13 AM

                        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
                          saffrongold Sep 22, 2009 08:44 AM

                          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.

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