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Sep 26, 2011 09:18 PM

Oakland Airport area dinner

10 to 15 minute drive max - don't want to go back to downtown Oakland or Fruitvale. Casual to mid-range - any suggestions welcome. I have no idea what is around San Leandro, etc. Thanks.

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  1. We truly enjoyed a meal prior to flying out of Oakland Airport.
    See their web site at
    The lasagna was excellent.

    8520 Pardee Dr, Oakland, CA 94621

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    1. re: Bruce in SLO

      Did you have the Caesar salad prepared tableside?

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Sorry, we didn't. Perhaps we should have, but the lasagna was fine as were the specials.

        1. re: Bruce in SLO

          No sweat, happy to have a first-mouth report on anything.

    2. Alameda's Park St. has a lot of options:

      There are a bunch of Vietnamese and Mexican dives scattered in strip malls in San Leandro's industrial district, e.g. Tu Tai (mostly phở), though I'm not sure many of them are open for dinner. La Piiñata is decent though service can be slow. Ditto for Sweet Fingers (Jamaican). The Korean place on Davis St. (no longer connected with Ohgane but to my knowledge the ownership has not changed) is good, pretty much all Koreans.

      Sweet Fingers
      464 E 14th St, San Leandro, CA 94577

      La Piñata Restaurant
      2699 Merced St, San Leandro, CA 94577

      Korean Bbq
      1292 Davis St, San Leandro, CA 94577

      Tu Tai Vietnamese Restaurant
      13898 Doolittle Dr, San Leandro, CA 94577

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        The handful of places on Hegenberger are the only places that are really near the airport. Francesco's is old-school Italian and as Bruce suggested, might be good for things baked pasta dishes. Anyplace else is a drive, and really all about the same whether it's Oakland, San Leandro or Alameda, although to get to Alameda you don't have to get on the freeway, which is a plus in my book. Alameda is your best bet if you want to edge up more towards "mid-range." I'm not sure what you mean by "back" to downtown Oakland -- back from where? Where are you coming from/going?

        There have been plenty of discussions about where to eat near the airport, which are now displaying at the bottom of the page.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I gave them a choice of the aforementioned, along with Francesco's. They chose the Korean BBQ. We all got bim bi bap. It was ok, and fine for a quick inexpensive meal. Didn't compare to Bowl'd, but it was fine. And, it fit the bill for the occasion. We were the only Caucasians in the place.

          1479 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

        2. Google says 5.8 miles and 13 minutes to Great Ameican BBQ, no freeway.

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          1. re: wolfe

            Great American Barbecue

            Asena is good for a relaxing "nicer" meal.

            Angelfish Japanese Restaurant
            883 Island Dr # C-2, Alameda, CA

            Great American Barbecue
            2009 High St, Alameda, CA

            Asena Restaurant
            2508 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

          2. You might like Angel Fish, which is in the Bay Farm/Harbor Bay part of Alameda and very close to the airport. The food is good and the menu has enough variety that a non-sushi eater can be pleased, too.