We're on Hegenberger! Help us!
We are a contentious group of about 25 people who range the continuum of interest in food, likes and dislikes, allergies, phobias, and taboos. We are looking for a place for a holiday luncheon (Thursday, December 17) not too far from our office on Hegenberger (i.e. downtown Oakland through San Leandro, including Alameda). One of the few things we agree on is that some of the places we've been to in past years were real losers. We would love to hear your suggestions for places with good food (of whatever persuasion) with some variety of choices, maybe in the $15.00--25.00/person range (excluding wine, which we can't have on company time), and with the right feng shui for a group this size. Thanks!
Barceluna - Tapas style - best I think for big group
Burma Star - Burmese
Mint Leaf - Vietnamese
La Pinata - Mexican
Tomatina- Italian/woodfire pizza
Otaez - Mexican
I think Tomatina, La Pinata or Barceluna best for large group.
Oakland (Jack London Square)
Miss Pearls Jam House - Cajun/Creole
Fat Lady - American
Everett and Jones - BBQ
Le Cheval - Vietnamese
Fat Lady is a little small, but you could probably take over the place. Too bad they don't have their awesome pancakes on Thursdays.
I'm a fan of Otaez but order almost exclusively off the specials menu--and the best specials are only available on weekends: the carnitas and the pozole. Their caldo de pollo (chicken soup) is also excellent. But once you stray from those options (which is inevitable with a large group), you're likely to hit some clunkers or, in any case, the food is just OK at best. The tacos, burritos, steaks, etc...
I like the Speisekammer idea, but this wouldn't be ideal if you have vegetarians in the group.
On Thursdays, their specials are a beef stew and a chicken in pumpkin seed sauce, neither of which I've tried, but vaguely recall seeing some positive reports (?).
Burma SuperStar could be good for a group if you all will eat family style. You'll get to sample many items and it'll be fine for your budget. I would definitely say call ahead because their space is not terribly big, but for a weekday lunch it should be fine. The chicken/cardamom rice dish is safe enough for picky eaters yet flavorful enough for the more adventurous.
Speisekammer is good for the carnivores (and the sauerkraut lovers), but without beverages (beer) and if you have many vegetarians, as mentioned, not so strong.
2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
1345 Park Street, Alameda, CA