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Restaurant Recommendation for Downtown Oakland/Jack London Square area

ZacharyRD Aug 8, 2010 11:53 AM

I'm looking for a recommendation for a restaurant, preferably under $30 a person without drinks, tip, and tax, in that area that is not authentic Asian cuisine, of any genre (Chinese, Cambodian, Thai, etc). It's not an area I've gone for food much in the last few years. Somewhere that's open on a Sunday is a big plus.

No other firm restrictions; I just want to leave thinking "wow, that was a really interesting and tasty meal".


(Another way of thinking of the location: within 10 blocks of the 12th or 19th street BART stations would be nice)

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    ZacharyRD Aug 9, 2010 08:48 AM

    Thanks a lot; this is a really interesting list so far.

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      phwib Aug 8, 2010 11:46 PM

      Tamarindo is closest and really tasty Mexican food. They just expanded the seating area so getting table is easier. Go the other way down eighth street about 4 blocks to Phnom Penh for very good Cambodian.

      468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

      1. monku Aug 8, 2010 01:05 PM

        You might be able to get under $30 at Scott's Seafood Grill and Bar at Jack London Square.

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          JasmineG Aug 8, 2010 04:26 PM

          I have never left Scott's thinking that the food was interesting. Flora, Mua, Pican, yes.

          2442A Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612

          Pican Restaurant
          2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

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            monku Aug 8, 2010 04:50 PM

            You're correct....forgot about the "wow" factor.

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          Rapini Aug 8, 2010 12:34 PM

          Encuentro (200 2nd Street, off Jack London Square).

          Jack London Square
          70 Washington St # 207, Oakland, CA

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          1. re: Rapini
            bbulkow Aug 8, 2010 03:24 PM

            +2 on Encuentro. You said "interesting and tasty", which exactly sums them up. Innovative and not pricey.

          2. Robert Lauriston Aug 8, 2010 12:14 PM

            Though most of the restaurants down there are Asian, there's still a lot to choose from: B Restaurant, Bocanova, Flora, Hibiscus, Luka's Taproom, Mua, Pican, Tamarindo ...

            Luka's Taproom
            2221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

            468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

            2442A Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612

            Pican Restaurant
            2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

            55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              shanghaikid Aug 8, 2010 02:15 PM

              didn't find the seafood that fresh at bocanova, flora is nice, luka's has $1 oysters all day monday, pican is interesting.

              there's also chop bar, enuentro, cafe 15 for take out, miss pearl's jam house, everett & jones bbq (not recommended but it's an option) in jkl.
              they may not all be open sundays.

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