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:
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!
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
3249 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA
Feel Good Bakery
1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501
1619 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501
1821 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501
2322 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
2320 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
2508 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
1544 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501
Alameda Natural Grocery
1650 Park St, Alameda, CA
1717 University Ave Ste A, Berkeley, CA 94703
4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA
Arggh! I hate the new links feature!
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
1345 Park Street, Alameda, CA
Pho Little Saigon
1319 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501
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
2301 Central Ave, Alameda, CA
1905 1/2 Encinal Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
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
I like Aroma restaurant on Blanding. Check the website for details: www.aroma-ca.com 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
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...