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Food options near the Trappist

What are the best options in that area of Old Oakland. Is B Restaurant any good? Don't want to go all the way to Jack London square, or up to Luka's


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  1. B is great, that's my default stop after the Trappist.

    Battambang, Shanghai, Spices!3, Legendary Palace, and Shan Dong are just a few blocks away.

    Shanghai Restaurant
    930 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

    850 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

    Legendary Palace
    708 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

    Spices 3
    369 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607

    Shan Dong Mandarin Restaurant
    328 10th St, Oakland, CA 94607

    B Restaurant & Bar
    499 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607

    1. There is also tamarindo which is two doors down 8th towards Washington.

      468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

      1. Tamarindo, upscale-ish Mexican, is next door and they'll let you order there and bring the food over. A bit pricey and above average but convenient. If you want a separate, stand alone dining experience, B might be the best options since very close.

        Chinatown is a block away. Lots of options there...New Gold Medal is a solid Cantonese place as is Chef Lau's, which has $6.50 specials if you order 3, free soup, fresh stuff.

        Chef Lau's
        301 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

        468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

        1. Battambang.


          850 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

          1. The Trappist has added three or four toasted panini to the menu. I had a Reuben-ish one and it was tasty.

            They've also added additional taps for a total of 30 (though I haven't seen them use the hand pump yet).

            The Trappist
            460 8th Street, Oakland, CA

            1. The Trappist is now a legitimate food option in its own right- I have been enjoying the pastrami (David's Old World) sandwich on Acme rye, the porchetta sandwich is nice, and there is a daily lunch special sausage in Acme torpedo roll or grilled 3-cheese sandwich with a changing accompanying beer for $10 (yesterday's beer was Bombay by Boat). Considering the sandwich alone costs $8 and the beer is top-notch, this is a great value. The sausage is excellent, from Taylor's around the corner- if you get this, ask for extra mustard, default is about 1/3 the amount I like on a sausage.

              The pastrami comes with a very good red cabbage salad (not like a slaw at all). Yesterday they had carbonnade flamande as a special at lunch; though the beef was overcooked, the rich flavor of the Rodenbach Grand Cru-based stew with potato, carrot and fresh rosemary sprig was spot-on.

              Highly recommended for lunch; really, the only legitimate pastrami option going downtown, and the back bar (the original, or "front" bar, still opens at 4) is a really nice space. The menu changes slightly for dinner beginning at 4 or 5.

              I haven't had the taco special (Tuesday nights, pork braised in beer) but I think they're $2 per, and they come from Tamarindo next door.

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              1. re: Pius Avocado III

                Kitchen's now open 2-11 on weekends. Weekdays, lunch 11-3, dinner 4-11.

                1. re: Pius Avocado III

                  any links to a menu? website is vague......

                  1. re: vulber

                    The menu changes more frequently these days; given the fact that the beer list (which as they note is outdated almost as soon as it's posted) on the website is as of 8/1, I wouldn't expect an update.

                    They are also busy with the opening of ├śL Beercafe in Walnut Creek. I'd venture to guess you'll find at least one thing that strikes your fancy on the menu, and if not- hey, you're in one of our best beer bars, have a beer or two and move on.

                    1. re: Pius Avocado III

                      i guess i wa smore just wondering about approximate pricing...

                      1. re: vulber

                        I'm such a regular at the Trappist that they should start greeting me with "Norm!" when I walk in the door - their food menu is short, and it doesn't really change very often, but to paraphrase a line, what they got is cherce. A number of little snacky items run in the $3-5ish range, like a plate of house-pickled veggies, or a rather large plate of tasty olives, or a bag of 4505 chicharrones. The grilled cheese and pastrami run $8 and $9 respectively, an arugula and strawberry salad runs about $7, I think, with a few other items on the menu, the priciest ones including a charcuterie plate and assorted cheese plate, which are in the $14-15 range. It's a quite limited food menu, to be sure, but given the tiny kitchen they're working out of, I think they do a pretty damn good job.

                2. I finally got to try the Trappist's "new" (well, new for me) food offerings. The olives are very good and a good deal given the large amount. The sausages with the cabbage salad were excellent, as was the grilled cheese (not quite Hog Island level, but close). All went great with the beer ... and the Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch was great for dessert.

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                  1. re: The Dive

                    I can vouch for their Charcuterie Plate and Cheese plate as well as the Beef Flamandes.