Abigail Cafe and Deli, Alameda--Moroccan-Italian
Moroccan food with Italian specialties too!
Beautiful Bay view of the City makes the drive to 1132 Ballena Blvd in Alameda worth it for deliciousand oh so reasonable Moroccan food: chicken tagine smothered in olives and preserved lemons, served with rice, potatoes, cooked carrots and beets. Lentil soup, too. Friend had the meatball sandwich half n' halved with eggplant parm on wonderfully crusty bread--less than $8. Whole meal was $17 for two, with lots of sample tastes of other dishes.
Owners couldn't be nicer or more accomodating. Great place for relaxing lunch or dinner soaking up the view and the relaxing atmosphere--and really not all that long a drive! Catering, too.
Thanks for the tip! Note that it's only open for lunch and prepared foods -- hours are 9:30-4:00 (4:30 on Sunday, closed Monday). According to yelp, the Italian offerings sound like real NY Italian (by a NY Italian chef).
Abigail Cafe & Deli
1132 Ballena Blvd
Alameda, CA 94501
re: Martin Strell
They now serve Moroccan dinner on Saturdays. We just came from a special Father's Day Sunday edition, but I presume Saturdays are about the same. $25 for a fixed meal, including salad, very tender stewed chicken with olives, lamb shank in couscous, pistachio ice cream and mint tea, with a belly dancing show. We enjoyed the meal and left very full. They allow you to bring you own wine, with no corkage fee. We took the kids, who enjoyed playing with the kids of the owners, including the eponymous Abigail.