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Breakfast near Jack London Square?

lrhr Jan 20, 2011 02:32 PM

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. Ruth Lafler RE: lrhr Jan 20, 2011 03:10 PM

    Chop Bar is just a couple of blocks from the station: http://www.oaklandchopbar.com/breakfa...

    I do not recommend Oakland Grill.

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

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: lrhr Jan 20, 2011 03:42 PM

      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

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        klyeoh RE: lrhr Jan 20, 2011 06:18 PM

        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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          wolfe RE: klyeoh Jan 20, 2011 07:05 PM

          "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
            klyeoh RE: wolfe Jan 21, 2011 05:10 PM

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

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          moschops RE: lrhr Jan 20, 2011 08:49 PM

          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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            Janet RE: moschops Jan 20, 2011 10:17 PM

            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.

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              webgeekstress RE: Janet Jan 22, 2011 03:25 AM

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

            2. re: moschops
              Robert Lauriston RE: moschops Jan 21, 2011 10:23 AM

              Why do you say Chop Bar is not really a breakfast place?


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                abstractpoet RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 21, 2011 11:48 AM

                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

            3. majordanby RE: lrhr Jan 21, 2011 11:35 AM

              fat lady is nearby. i believe on washington st.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: majordanby Jan 21, 2011 11:38 AM

                The Fat Lady serves brunch only on weekends.

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                  moschops RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 21, 2011 09:46 PM

                  Good point - same for almost every brunch place.

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                lrhr RE: lrhr Jan 22, 2011 12:37 PM

                Thank you for great ideas. We may end up spending Sunday in the East Bay, since it seems the weekend ferry service is suspended through February. (yes, we still might BART over...) Knowing there's a farmers market right there is super information. And I'll look into Brown Sugar and Bocanova for Sunday brunch.

                I think we are staying a block from Buttercup, which would be super easy before the train. And we can check out the menu before we hit the farmers market so we know if we are buying food for breakfast or just for our picnic on amtrak.

                55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

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