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Good eats near Children's Fairyland, Oakland?

K K Jan 21, 2011 01:40 PM

What's good and fairly kid friendly that's not too far from Children's Fairyland in Oakland?

Jong Ga House seems to be right around the corner, but Sura seems to be a slightly better bet.

Shan Dong sounds like something I might be interested in, always in the mood for good noodles and dumplings. How's the parking there on a weekend? How do their dumplings and noodles compare to San Tung in SF?

Any comments on these? Would welcome other suggestions, doesn't have to be Korean and Chinese.

Thanks!

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Jong Ga House
372 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

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    shanghaikid Jan 21, 2011 07:17 PM

    jong ga house's service is better and they have ayce bbq per person evenings @19.95 while sura has goat. food probably same. sura gives more banchan.

    never been a fan of shan dong. nonasians love this place long time!

    random thoughts:
    -true burger open all day thurs-sat. till 9:30. closed sun. m-w, 11-2:30 p.m.
    -baked sale betty a few blocks away (2228 broadway, tues-sat, 11-2p.m.
    -vien huong (chiu chow) 712 franklin st, closes daily at 6
    *soups and noodles specialty here, packed at lunch.
    -coach (japanese) on grand is nearby but it's very small.
    -sidebar, closed sun. sat 4:30-... only tried burger and sides midday. not impressed.

    parking in chitown very bad. commercial parking available in complex under peony's. don't know rates
    near betty's and true burger, tuff.
    note: spices and shanghai near chitown, would avoid.

    1. daveena Jan 21, 2011 04:17 PM

      Jong Ga House, Enssaro, and Sidebar were the first three places that came to mind for me. All three are worth a visit. I actually don't remember Sura being that much better than Jong Ga. Boot and Shoe service is only a few blocks up Grand (but not open for lunch - I'm guessing you're going to be there during the day?)

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      Enssaro
      366 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

      Jong Ga House
      372 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

      1. Stephanie Wong Jan 21, 2011 03:34 PM

        The staff at my dentist's office (about a block from Fairyland) really like Bacchesso for lunch. They said it's very reasonable, but I personally haven't had a chance to try it yet.

        It's at 248 Grand Avenue across from the entrance to Fairyland so it would be closer than Sidebar & Zza's & the same parking space.

        http://bacheesos.net/ says weekend brunch buffet between 10 & 4 for for $8.90 + tax (limited to 2 trips

        )

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        Bachesso
        248 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

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          sydthekyd Jan 21, 2011 05:15 PM

          Second Bacheeso's.

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          abstractpoet Jan 21, 2011 02:08 PM

          For a solid (if unexciting) and reasonably-priced burger, there's TrueBurger nearby. Pretty decent fries, chili, etc., too.

          I'm a fan of Shan Dong's dumplings and buns (get the pork and vegetable ones), and their hand-cut noodles are not bad (just don't get anything with a sweet sauce), but there are definitely detractors on this board.

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          1. re: abstractpoet
            yimster Jan 21, 2011 09:25 PM

            I too am a fan of Shan Dong's ditto on the buns and dumplings but not that big of a fan of their noodles. But the Buns travel well.

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            Shan Restaurant
            5251 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

          2. Ruth Lafler Jan 21, 2011 01:55 PM

            Enssaro is quite close. Zza's is very kid friendly. If you walk over to Broadway there's Luka's.

            Parking in Oakland Chinatown is usually pretty tough on Saturdays (or any day).

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            Enssaro
            366 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

            Zza's Trattoria
            552 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

            1. Scott M Jan 21, 2011 01:54 PM

              Trueburger and Sidebar are in close proximity.

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              Sidebar
              542 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

              Trueburger
              146 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

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                ML8000 Jan 21, 2011 01:54 PM

                True Burger is across the street and a couple of blocks away. Luka's isn't much further and Bakesale Betty's II is across the street from Luka's.

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