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Rockridge BART: what not to miss?

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. 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

    1. 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. 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

        1. 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. 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