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Jan 20, 2011 02:32 PM

Breakfast near Jack London Square?

We are taking the train for a quick weekend in the bay area. Our hotel is near the amtrak station at Jack London Square. We don't plan to rent a car, and will use public transit to get around on our full day. (And a cab to Commis.) We take the train home on monday morning, leaving around 10:30. Is there anywhere in Jack London Square (or very close) to grab a decent breakfast on a weekday? Would like to avoid chains or tourist-trappy restos.

It's very likely we'll ferry into the city on Sunday, so maybe we are better off grabbing croissants/ fruit/ cheese type stuff from the Ferry Building market? (That will likely be the point of purchase for lunch on the train.)


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

3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

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  1. Chop Bar is just a couple of blocks from the station:

    I do not recommend Oakland Grill.

    Chop Bar
    247 4th St, #111, Oakland, CA 94607

    1. On Sunday, there's a great farmers market at Jack London Square, though you'll find better bread and cheese at Ferry Plaza.

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

      1. A couple of my fave breakfast spots in downtown Oakland (about 10-15 minutes' walk from Jack London Square) are Cafe 817 and Cock-A-Doodle.

        P.S. - Oops, just realised you said Sunday: Cafe 817 would be closed, and Cock-a-Doodle offers a brunch menu instead. You shd do the Ferry Plaza then.

        Cafe 817
        817 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

        Cock-A-Doodle Cafe
        719 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

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        1. re: klyeoh

          "Is there anywhere in Jack London Square (or very close) to grab a decent breakfast on a weekday"

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

          1. re: wolfe

            Gawd, what was I thinking? The perils of multi-tasking ;-)

        2. If you want plain and simple diner food then there is Buttercup at 3rd and Broadway. Has been there forever, very popular with Oakland Police Department (safe!) and economical on the pocket. Chop Bar is great for other meals but not really a breakfast place. If you want some gourmet breakfast try Brown Sugar Kitchen - don't try to walk there, get a cab, it'll be worth the ride. For basic breakfast at a scary looking place try Yia Yia's on second right next to Amtrak but I'd go to Buttercup over them any day.

          Brown Sugar Kitchen
          2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607

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          1. re: moschops

            I agree on the Buttercup for breakfast. If you want a very good American style breakfast ( eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes etc) they can't be beat. Sparkling clean, friendly waitresses yet not your new best friend, this is a very good breakfast spot.

            1. re: Janet

              Yet another vote for Buttercup. Not for light appetites, but at least you can skip lunch!

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                I don't know what moschops was referring to, but the one time I ate brunch at Chopbar, I was pretty disappointed. And I'm a fan of the place. This was a while ago, though, so maybe it's improved.


                If the OP ends up staying in Oakland for brunch on Sunday, Bocanova is a great option.

                55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

            2. fat lady is nearby. i believe on washington st.

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              1. re: majordanby

                The Fat Lady serves brunch only on weekends.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Good point - same for almost every brunch place.