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Rockridge BART: what not to miss?

Pei Nov 8, 2009 10:19 PM

I'm heading over to the Rockridge brand of The Pasta Shop to pick up some Mariage Freres tea for two thank you presents I need to buy. Since it's been awhile since I've been out that way, I thought I'd see what people like out there for lunch and shopping.

Farine and Peaberry's immediately caught my attention: are they both worth checking out? Perhaps some fresh bread/pastries or a bag of coffee would be a nice addition to my gifts. Both of my gift recipients live in SF, so some East Bay flavor would lend some uniqueness to my efforts. What are your favorites, or should I just be going to Tartine and Blue Bottle?

And after all that shopping, I'll need to eat lunch. I'm thinking Oliveto Cafe or A Cote, but would love some cheaper casual options if they are easy to get to and tasty.

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A Cote
5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Oliveto Cafe
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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  1. lexdevil RE: Pei Nov 9, 2009 06:29 AM

    A Cote does not serve lunch. I would also consider Wood Tavern or Soi 4 for that. You can eat at the bar at Wood Tavern, which might be more comfortable for a solo diner. I also like Uzen for reliably good Japanese food, including sushi. Wood Tavern, Soi 4, and Oliveto all serve cocktails, if that makes a difference for you. The shops in the Market Hall are worth your time, though not cheap. You might add some Blue Chair jam (made in Oakland and available at the Pasta Shop) to your gifts, though it's pricier in the Pasta Shop than it is at the farmers markets. Outside of the world of food, this stretch of College Ave. has lots of nice boutique-y shops. Enjoy.

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    A Cote
    5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

    Wood Tavern
    6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

    Oliveto Restaurant
    5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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      skwid RE: Pei Nov 9, 2009 06:52 AM

      Wood Tavern does serve lunch but the menu is different from dinner so if you have been for dinner do not expect the same thing. Wood Tavern would be convienent if you are stopping by La Farine as they are just a couple of doors apart. If you enjoy a pint of beer there is Barclay's which is just between Wood Tavern and The Pasta Shop (on the opposite side of the street). There is outside seating if it is a nice day. If you want some great cherry tomatos the veggie place at the back of Market Hall has great ones. They are typically on the expensive side but quality is usually very high.

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      Wood Tavern
      6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

      La Farine
      6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: Pei Nov 9, 2009 07:28 AM

        Wood Tavern's my favorite place for lunch not just in Rockridge but the East Bay.

        For tea, you should check out Far Leaves, too. If you wear glasses, don't miss Phoenix.

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        Far Leaves Tea
        2979 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

        Wood Tavern
        6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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          peterme RE: Pei Nov 9, 2009 10:59 AM

          South of Rockridge BART you've got Uzen (my favorite sushi in Oakland), and Bittersweet (chcoolate cafe that has drinking chocolate, and some excellent treats).

          North of Rockridge BART, you cannot have better lunch than Wood Tavern. Cole Coffee, on 63rd and College, has some of the best coffee in the East Bay, including a variety of roasts dripped to order.

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          Wood Tavern
          6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

          Uzen Japanese Cuisine
          5415 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

          Bittersweet Cafe
          5427 College Ave, Oakland, CA

          Cole Coffee
          3179 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94705

          1. JasmineG RE: Pei Nov 9, 2009 02:15 PM

            Definitely go to Wood Tavern for lunch, it's great. La Farine is absolutely worth checking out, it's right next door to Wood Tavern, about three blocks from BART. I like Oliveto Cafe, but it's nowhere as good as Wood Tavern's lunch.

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            Wood Tavern
            6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

            La Farine
            6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

            Oliveto Cafe
            5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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              dordogne RE: Pei Nov 9, 2009 02:46 PM

              Another vote for Wood Tavern. Fabulous "new style" pastrami on baguette with a side of fluffy coleslaw, a second sandwich alternative (a great entry in the rotation has smoked cod, avocado), thin frites served with small pots of mustard, catsup and aioli (you may have to ask for the aioli but they're most obliging), good beer selection, nice burger, prices very reasonable for quality/quantity. When you then stagger down to La Farine, try the Swiss Twinkie (croissant with chopped nuts/sugar/cinnamon rolled in), Frangipane (delicately flavored almond croissant), pain au chocolat, plain croissant (best if you can exercise the self-restraint to get it home, heat up briefly in a convection oven to revive all those buttery layers back to complete flakiness), apricot rugelah, morning buns.

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              Wood Tavern
              6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

              La Farine
              6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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                Pei RE: dordogne Nov 9, 2009 04:10 PM

                Wow, I'd better bring a suitcase and prepare to run ten miles a day with that glowing endorsement for La Farine!

                What is "new style" pastrami? I checked out Wood Tavern's menu, and it does look reasonably priced and really tasty. The chile rubbed roast pork sandwich caught my attention, but I'm not one to turn down a well made pastrami either.

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                Wood Tavern
                6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

                La Farine
                6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: Pei Nov 9, 2009 04:42 PM

                  It's nice, fatty Niman pastrami on a piece of baguette with Emmenthaler cheese and Dijon-horseradish dressing.

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                    cortez RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 9, 2009 06:18 PM

                    Yet another vote for Wood Tavern. When visiting family in Oakland, this is the unanimous choice of our group for lunch -- comfortable, familiar, friendly and delicious. For a special treat, try a draft beer -- Old Speckled Hen -- from the bar.

                    It's a place to go back to time and time again in a very fun and interesting neighborhood.

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                    Wood Tavern
                    6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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                      bbulkow RE: cortez Nov 12, 2009 05:42 PM

                      Warning: OSH is british. it's good if you like the british style - no hops, lots of body - and it's been transported a long distance, so whatever hops have faded. I know some people who swear by OSH (on the peninsula, find it at BBC in Menlo Park), but give me a west coast IPA every time.....

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                      Menlo Cafe
                      620 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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                        Robert Lauriston RE: bbulkow Nov 13, 2009 08:40 AM

                        Wood Tavern has Old Speckled Hen on nitro tap and it has been perfectly fresh the three or four times I've ordered it. To my taste it pairs perfectly with the pastrami. Not the thing to order if you like your beer bitter and fizzy.

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                        Wood Tavern
                        6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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                        dordogne RE: cortez Nov 13, 2009 09:16 AM

                        They also have Moose Drool brown ale from Montana on tap--how can you resist?

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                      LindaRacine RE: Pei Nov 9, 2009 06:49 PM

                      It's unbelievable rich, but incredibly memorable. I'd order it again in a heartbeat.

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                    Johnny E RE: Pei Nov 12, 2009 03:35 PM

                    I dream about the pastrami sandwich at Wood Tavern daily..... it's scary good.

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                    Wood Tavern
                    6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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                      yari RE: Johnny E Nov 13, 2009 10:19 AM

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                      slipson RE: Pei Nov 13, 2009 10:46 AM

                      No argument about Wood Tavern, but if you want something quick and casual, its hard to beat the crispy tacos at Cactus taqueria right next to the Bart station.

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                      Wood Tavern
                      6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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                        JasmineG RE: slipson Nov 13, 2009 12:56 PM

                        I totally agree, I love the crispy tacos at Cactus Taqueria.

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                        Cactus Taqueria
                        5642 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

                      2. cfarivar RE: Pei Nov 13, 2009 12:19 PM

                        This is my hood:

                        My wife and I love Uzen, Cole Coffee, La Farine (also poke your head into Ver Brugge's butchery next door). Wood Tavern is great, but expensive.

                        Alternatively, walk a little farther down and get sandwiches at Bakesale Betty on 51st/Telegraph or sandwiches at Genova Deli.

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                        Bakesale Betty
                        5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

                        Wood Tavern
                        6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

                        La Farine
                        6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

                        Cole Coffee
                        3179 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94705

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                          Robert Lauriston RE: cfarivar Nov 13, 2009 12:53 PM

                          I don't think Wood Tavern is expensive for the quality of the food or compared with Uzen. The pastrami is $10. At dinner, first courses are $8-11 and mains are $20-25.

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                          Wood Tavern
                          6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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                            Bryan Gros RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 13, 2009 02:27 PM

                            This is the first time I've read a thread and acted! Told my wife we should have lunch at Wood Tavern and it did note disappoint. The pastrami was great. The pork belly over lentils topped with a poached egg was phenomenal. Robert and dordogne should get a commission!

                            While on the subject of Rockridge, I'll put in a plug for the burgers at Barclay's. The menu is a step up from a standard pub menu, and I find their burgers to be very good--thick and juicy, on a toasted soft bun. And a great rotating beer selection to wash it down.

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                            Wood Tavern
                            6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston
                              cfarivar RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 20, 2009 09:20 AM

                              I'm not denying the Tavern's quality -- but for me, a $20-$25 dinner main is expensive.

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