Need recommendations for Oakland trip Dec 27 -30- nothing elegant!
Travelling with husband (business for him, Christmas break for me) to Oakland between Christmas and New Year's. Can you recommend some places to try in Oakland?
1. Guy Fieri "Triple D" type places for lunch or dinner.
2. "Dive" bars with good drinks/food where you're welcome even if you're not a regular.
3. Unique ice cream, dessert, pastry places.
4. Sushi (preferably somewhere where sustainable fish is not the exception)
5. Best banh mi place (never tried one, want to on this trip)
6. Anything else inexpensive but fabulous. Authentic Mexican and Chinese are favorites.
Will have rental car and be staying near the airport. Hubby will be working in San Leandro. Willing to go into San Francisco, but were just there last month, so more interested in what Oakland has to offer. Can't wait to hear some fabulous CH rec's!
A little farther than Oakland just across the border to Berkeley is a great middle European bakery,Crixa Cakes. For Bahn Mi there's Cam Huong or Ba Le on International, tossup.
For dive bar without food, Heinhold's First and Last Chance.
2748 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703
Ba Le Sandwich
1500 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606
Cam Huong Cafe
702 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606
Heinold's First & Last Chance
56 Jack London Sq, Oakland, CA 94607
Good recs.I' not a regular but has Guy Fieri featured Oaktown restaurants?It seems he's more into middle of the country.Quinn's Light House,Upper Deck Pub,with it's "throw them on the floor peanut shells",features 8 draft beers and over 58 domestic & imported bottled beers.There's an 80-seat outside deck overlooking the marina.Happy Hour at the Pub: Mon-Fri, 4-6 pm.
Discount prices on drinks, beers and appetizers. It's not destination dining but a nice destination on a sunny afternoon,right off 880 from the airport.Good clams,mussels and garlic chicken wings w/a water view.
Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant And Pub
51 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94607
re: Robert Lauriston
Quinn's outside deck for sure.Don't like any other part of the complex including the main restaurant.Am not crazy about the food,more that there's so few places to feel the calm of sitting by water,witha libation and food, when Oakland is right on the bay.Another suggestion for you Igoodwood,right off 880 on Fruitvale nr International is "Los Coco's" a Salvadoran restaurant with great pupusas and more:
If you're staying near the airport, you're just a hop, skip and jump away from Oakland's Mexica/Fruitvale district. Check out one of the many threads on where to eat in Fruitvale, from ice cream to taco trucks to pupusa wagons.
Daimo for Chinese, Sweet Fingers for Jamaican (both in San Leandro), Fruitvale in Oaktown for Mexican.
CAFE GIOVANNI'S in Berkeley. Old-school Italian restaurant, been around for about 30 years. Recently the kitchen has taken an upturn and friends of mine who work in some San Francisco fine dining restaurants really enjoy the food.
Casual yet romantic, good bar, great dining room fireplace, and beautifully decorated for the Holidays. Menu has something for everyone, good portions and reasonably priced. Nice extra room for parties 20 to 100. Not pretentious like many "foodie" places, but great for a business lunch, lunch with the girls, or a special dinner. My Mom used to love it even though she could go anywhere! And did I mention the bar is pretty cool?
From The French Laundry to Michael Minna's I've eaten at the best, but Giovanni's is where I go for a relaxed, fullfilling, home-like experience. On Shattuck & Durant near downtown Berkeley.