Casual weekday lunch for 6 between Oakland Airport & I-80
We are arriving around lunchtime this Thursday for a long weekend in wine country. After a long flight, I know our group will be ready for something good to tide us over on the drive to Calistoga. Are there some good casual/quick options near the airport or heading north near I-880? Unfortunately, one of our group doesn't like Thai or Vietnamese. Thanks for your suggestions.
Off the I-80 Ashby exit: 900 Grayson
Off the I-80 University Ave exit: (4th St Area in Berkeley): Tacubaya, Cafe Rouge, Bette's Oceanview Diner
Off the I-80 Gilman St exit: Picante and T-Rex
1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710
900 Grayson St, Berkeley, CA 94710
1788 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Bette's Oceanview Diner
1807 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
1328 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
re: Robert Lauriston
I think Bette's is always crowded. Agree on Picante...but the OP wanted options and mentioned semi-unadventurous eaters.
If adventurous (but safe) is on the list, I'd go with Indus Village Restaurant off University Ave.
Indus Village Restaurant
1920 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
El Huarache Azteca. Happy Valley, King of King, or East Ocean Seafood for dim sum. Speisekammer.
2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
El Huarache Azteca
3842 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601
East Ocean Seafood
1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501
King of King Restaurant
1139 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94606
Happy Valley Restaurant
400 E 12th St, Oakland, CA
re: Robert Lauriston
I'm going to assume based on the original post that she just wants to hop on and off the freeway. Alameda has a lot of good options, but it's not "on I-880"; King of King has terrible freeway access if you're going northbound. Fruitvale (i.e. El Huarache Azteca) is better.
All that said, when I've just gotten off an airplane I want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the airport and the mostly industrial area around it. Alameda is a really good place to decompress after a flight, since you don't even have to get on the freeway (simply take the road that runs by the car rental pickup into Alameda). Head for Park Street, park your car, and check out which options appeal to you: pizza, diners, Chinese (Ark is the only one I'd recommend), Mexican, Speisekammer (German), Asena (Mediterranean), etc.
2508 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501