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Oct 20, 2010 11:28 AM

uptown oakland lunch

I just started working in the broadway/grand area, and am looking for some good asian food. I found all the good sandwich spots like cafe madrid, aroma, farleys, bakesale bettys, but what i'd really like is some quick ramen, musubi, chinese, thai, vietnamese, fusion type food hopefully at cheap/decent prices. thanks!

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  1. I always end up having to walk down to Chinatown. But if you want some place super convenient and nearby, then Ozumo would be the place for their ramen (diagonally across from Bakesale Betty) or Pho 84 near 17th and Webster for Vietnamese pho. For Thai, I go to a place that used to be called Myanda Thai on Webster and 23rd a block north of Grand Avenue, but they recently changed their name and I forgot what it's called. Something like International Cafe.

    Ozumo is pricey, Pho 84 is decent but crowded, and Myanda thai is decent but not always consistent in quality of preparation. There's also a thai place called Devan on Webster near 19th that I avoid because of the service, that goes for Mama's Vietnamese on 19th near Webster that has bad service and $1 more expensive than Pho 84.

    Bakesale Betty
    5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

    Pho 84
    354 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612

    2251 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

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    1. re: singleguychef

      it'd be nice if there were good spots that weren't sit down.

      1. re: abilkiss

        Oh, I didn't realize you were looking for takeout. My go-to Chinese spot closed (it was the one next to the new Plum restaurant). There's another Chinese spot next to Bakesale Betty but never tried it and can't vouch for it.

        Lana's on 19th close to Broadway used to be a popular Chinese take out with lots of food for the price. But a couple of years ago the original owners sold out and left and looks like the workers took over. While the chefs might be the same, the quality control has gone down and I stopped going. You can check it out and see if it's improved, but I had issues like really greasy food and more than one occasion of finding hair in the Singapore rice noodles.

        Take it Easy Thai is pretty popular with a takeout section. I personally don't feel it has any Thai flavors. Seems mostly like Chinese food. So I don't go often. But others in my office go frequently.

        Bakesale Betty
        2228 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

        1. re: singleguychef

          International Cafe or whatever it was called is closed. I'm amazed they lasted as long as they did given I rarely saw anyone in there.

          The Chinese spot next to Bakesale Betty was terrible but I liked knowing it was there. Note use of the past tense-it is also closed.

          I really like Take it Easy Thai (esp. the duck curry) but have learned to make my own so no longer go. Neither version may be authentic but I'm happy with either.

          Also, Hawaian Walk-In on 15th if you're down with the plate lunch thing. Lemon chicken wasn't as good as I remembered last time but still a deal for meat with 2 starches, rice and mac salad.

          I've lived in this hood a long time and am really sad that most of the cool old stuff is disappearing and getting replaced by fancy/ expensive places, many of whom are bad neighbors to people who actually live here.

          Congrats to the OP on your new gig.

          Bakesale Betty
          5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

    2. When I worked in that area I used to frequent Take it Easy Thai on Webster and 17th. It certainly fits the "quick/cheap" criteria although I can't speak for its current quality.

      ETA: Now that there's a free shuttle on Broadway again, it's doable to head down to Chinatown to pick up lunch, too.

      1. The Koreana Plaza supermarket has cheap takeout. The noodles and the sushi rolls are pretty good.

        Koreana Plaza
        2328 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Their chicken wings are good too; sweet and spicy, but not too hot. I ordered a tray for an office potluck and they were a big hit.

          1. Oakland is now running a free Broadway shuttle bus between Grand/Lake Merritt and Jack London Sq, if that helps. Certainly should make going to Chinatown easier.

            2nd on Cafe 15. Also there's Rico's and Old Oakland that has a few places like Ratto's, Tamarindo, and the Farmer's Market on Friday.

            468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

            Cafe 15
            597 15th St, Oakland, CA 94612