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Oct 30, 2009 09:41 PM

Good eats in Alameda?

My husband and I just moved to Alameda. We've both lived in the east bay before, and we have our favorite spots in Berkeley and Oakland, but Alameda is new territory. We ARE vegetarians, but aside from burger places, we love all kinds of food.

We'd love to hear from some folks in Alameda about the following:
Indian food/supermarkets
breakfast spots
dim sum/chinese
fresh veggies/farmer's markets
best coffee shops
good supermarkets (health food store?) and kitchen stores

any other suggestions would be terrific. thanks so much!

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  1. As you probably know by now, Alameda has two main business districts: Park St. in "downtown" Alameda and Webster St. on the West End. You probably also know there's a Trader Joe's at the shopping center, as well as a Bed, Bath and Beyond with a pretty good selection of kitchenwares. I avoid supermarkets, but when I need one I choose the Nob Hill next to the Fruitvale Bridge over the mega-Safeway at Alameda Towne Centre (long-time residents still think of it as South Shore -- they upscaled the name when they renovated recently).

    First, hie thee to the Alameda Marketplace, which houses:
    Alameda Natural Grocery (full line of organic everything, bulk bins, local produce, health foods, etc., a kitchen wares store, a fabulous bakery and an equally fabulous wine and cheese shop.

    Indian -- I haven't been there, but I've heard good things about India Palace on Buena Vista near Webster; there's a brand new (open a couple of weeks) outpost of flavors of India on Park St. that I haven't tried yet either.

    Breakfast spots: Alameda is famous for it's old fashioned coffee shops (Ole's and Jim's on Park St., Albert's on Webster). Marti's (off the beaten path on Encinal) is also good, as is Hob Nob (southern-influenced). There are several Mexican places that serve breakfast, my favorite being Otaez on Webster. There are also two dim sum places on Webster: East Ocean and Chef's Wok.

    Bakeries: Feel Good Bakery in the Alameda Marketplace. Bread is wonderful; pastries are wonderful but expensive. Boniere Bakery is an old-fashioned American-style bakery. I love the doughnuts, the other stuff can be hit and miss.

    Pho/Vietnamese: I like Little Saigon on Park St.

    Dim Sum/Chinese: East Ocean on Webster. I had some good meals, both dim sum and dinner at Chef's Wok, but keep going back to East Ocean. The American-Chinese dishes are made with care, and the traditional dishes are very good. Dim sum every days (menus during the week, carts on the weekend). For Northern Chinese, Ark on Park Street. There's also a new Chinese/Vietnamese place called Khanh Huong Chinese BBQ off the beaten path on Lincoln that has a little bit of everything (pho, Chinese BBQ, an array of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes). There are a lot of bad Chinese-American restaurants in Alameda, but my favorite for old-fashioned Chinese-American is Gim's Kitchen (take out/delivery only) near Park St.

    pizza: I'm not aware of any good pizza in Alameda

    Fresh veggies: Alameda Natural Grocery and Dan's Produce in the Park St. area; on Webster St. there's a year-round farmers' market on Tuesday morning and a seasonal market (May-December) on Saturday morning

    Thai -- there's no outstanding Thai -- King of Thai Noodles is probably the best; there is a good Burmese, though: Burma Superstar

    Mexican -- I like Otaez on Webster

    Upscale dining options:
    Acquacotta -- rustic Italian
    Pappo -- Cal Cuisine
    Angela's -- Middle Eastern-influenced Cal Cuisine
    Asena -- Mediterranean
    Speisekammer -- German
    Havana -- Cuban (not particularly authentic, but tasty nonetheless)
    Zen -- pan-Asian

    2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

    Boniere Bakery
    3249 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA

    Feel Good Bakery
    1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

    1619 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

    Chef's Wok
    1821 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

    2322 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

    2320 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501

    Asena Restaurant
    2508 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

    1544 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

    Alameda Natural Grocery
    1650 Park St, Alameda, CA

    Little Saigon
    1717 University Ave Ste A, Berkeley, CA 94703

    Burma Superstar
    4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

    2 Replies
    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      You might also want to check out Kamakura for sushi, across from Asena on Santa Clara. Although with Faith (the owner) there less and less, I feel the quality has gone slightly down.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Don't forget within the Marketplace, Culina offers many vegetarian and vegan items in its deli case or off the hot line. The falafels and veggie burgers are both house made.
        I can't remember if they still have the vegan baked goods.

        1650 Park St, Alameda, CA

      2. Arggh! I hate the new links feature!

        Albert's Cafe
        1541 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

        East Ocean Seafood
        1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

        Jim's Coffee Shop
        2333 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

        Burma Superstar
        1345 Park Street, Alameda, CA

        Pho Little Saigon
        1319 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

        Ark Chinese
        1405 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

        1518 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

        Ole's Waffle Shop
        1507 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

        King of Thai Noodle
        1635 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

        Angela's Bistro
        2301 Central Ave, Alameda, CA

        Marti's Place
        1905 1/2 Encinal Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

        1. Excellent run down of Alameda Ruth! For my part, I think Tu Tai 2 on Webster is becoming my fav for Vietnamese in Alameda.

          Tu Tai 2
          1531 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

          1. I like Aroma restaurant on Blanding. Check the website for details: I had an amazingly delicious spinach and mushroom saffron risotto made by the chef recently. You might call and ask Chef Raymond if you have a particular veggie dish that you want. He is very flexible and if you don't see what you want on the menu, he could create something featuring your favorite veggies.

            Aroma Restaurant & Bar
            2337 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

            1 Reply
            1. re: dimsumgirl

              I agree - we've been to several special events at Aroma as well as events that Chef Raymond has catered for our group. He is very willing to work with you on special requirements. Restaurant has a nice location on the water.

            2. My two favorite things to eat in Alameda are the hand-pulled noodles at Ark, and the fish and chips at The Hobnob. Neither are veggie, unfortunately...