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lisakaz Nov 18, 2011 12:53 PM

I'm visiting Oakland, and wondering if anyone can recommend a reasonably priced restaurant for dinner in or near Jack London Square?

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    hungree Feb 28, 2013 01:45 PM

    Now that Nido is in the neighborhood and hitting it's stride, is Chop Bar going to have to modify their lunch/brunch menus?

    They currently have fish tacos, bus station chicken (black beans, chicken, tortillas), and chicken torta for lunch. Nido kills it with fish tacos, has fantastic chicken ollita de pobre, and their torta is one of their top dishes.

    For brunch they have breakfast burrito, carnitas burrito, chille verde---all things I'm sure would be better at Nido.

    All that's left is the Burger (killer and top 5 in east bay) and Pork Banh Mi (good but Sierra Deli down the street does it better).

    Wondering if Nido will eat Chop Bar's lunch and Chop Bar will move away from the mexican/spanish/latin american dishes... What you all think?

    1. Lmonach Jan 5, 2013 10:30 AM

      Le Cheval has great Vietnamese food. you should also explore Chinatown, lots of great finds there. If you want to stay in the square, Kincaids isn't bad for a corporate restaurant - their salad with Maytag blue cheese is good and the fire roasted meats are also pretty good.

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        shanghaikid Nov 19, 2011 08:36 PM

        wouldn't consider pearl's-too pedestrian
        bocanova-avoid the seafood-not fresh, tapas are innovative and fresh
        cosecha- new twist on mex food. owner previously worked at chez panisse & eccolo
        (open only till 6 pm daily). 1/2 block from b st. address misleading. entrance on 9th st. side, next to yogurt store.

        907 washington St.
        Oakland, Ca.

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        1. re: shanghaikid
          Pius Avocado III Nov 20, 2011 11:53 AM

          Cosecha's dinner service is occasional, always on a Saturday with one seating at 7:30pm. Their website indicates the next one is Dec. 3.

        2. Robert Lauriston Nov 18, 2011 05:01 PM

          Bocanova, Encuentro, B, Battambang, Chop Bar are all places I've returned to repeatedly.

          Kincaid's is a chain. Scott's might as well be.

          Miss Pearl's is closed? Anybody know if Eddie Blyden's got a new gig? I love that guy's food.

          850 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

          B Restaurant & Bar
          499 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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

          55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

          Encuentro Cafe & Wine Bar
          202 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            oakjoan Nov 18, 2011 08:44 PM

            I second the B rec. A really nice place with good food.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              hyperbowler Nov 19, 2011 08:20 AM

              According to Tablehopper, a truck backed into a fire hydrant and flooded the place.


              1. re: hyperbowler
                Glencora Nov 19, 2011 08:39 AM

                But that was nearly a month ago.

                1. re: Glencora
                  drewskiSF Nov 19, 2011 08:52 AM

                  Their Yelp page has an announcement that says they plan to re-open Mid-December

              2. re: Robert Lauriston
                escargot3 Nov 19, 2011 12:18 PM

                I used to enjoy an annual trek to Miss Pearl's. But about 5 months ago, I invited several friends to have dinner there, and it was a dreadful evening: food prep was mediocre and service was deplorable.

                I hope they will use this opportunity to rise from the ashes like the Phoenix, with renewed vim and vigor.

                1. re: escargot3
                  Glencora Nov 19, 2011 02:11 PM

                  I agree. It's a nice place to sit outside by the water in warm weather.

                  1. re: escargot3
                    Robert Lauriston Nov 19, 2011 02:40 PM

                    I don't think Blyden was there five months ago.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston
                      escargot3 Nov 19, 2011 03:55 PM

                      That would be interesting -- if I got caught in the transition.
                      We were there at the end of July.

                  2. re: Robert Lauriston
                    Pius Avocado III Nov 5, 2012 11:08 AM

                    The Chop Bar group bought Miss Pearl's. I understand it will be operated as MP's until January before morphing into an Italian place.

                    1. re: Pius Avocado III
                      Robert Lauriston Nov 11, 2012 04:25 PM

                      Had lunch at Miss Pearl's today. Very good Cubano ($13 with choice of fries or salad), good cheeseburger (ditto), excellent sweet-potato fries. They have a brunch buffet. Eddie Blyden's still there.

                      1. re: Pius Avocado III
                        Robert Lauriston Dec 23, 2012 03:43 PM

                        I had a very good gumbo for lunch today at Miss Pearl's and tasted a great Boston clam chowder. I guess their last day is January 6 or 7.

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                          Pius Avocado III Jan 5, 2013 10:12 AM

                          Went last night for gumbo and those excellent hushpuppies- the gumbo is the best I've had outside New Orleans or my own kitchen.

                          They will close the doors after brunch service Sunday Jan 6.

                          Chef Eddie was very confident; he said he'll be taking a short break and then we won't have to go far to find him.

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                      Rapini Nov 18, 2011 02:20 PM

                      Try Encuentro Cafe & Wine Bar (202 - 2nd St., near Jackson; www.encuentrooakland.com). It's a vegetarian restaurant, but embraced even but carnivores. It's a small-ish place, reasonably priced and very good food.

                      Encuentro Cafe & Wine Bar
                      202 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607

                      1. wolfe Nov 18, 2011 12:59 PM

                        Any particular cuisine? What do you consider reasonable and would you extend the neighborhood as far east as Chinatown?

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                        1. re: wolfe
                          ML8000 Nov 18, 2011 01:48 PM

                          Exactly, define reasonable.

                          That said, avoid the big corp places at JLSq - Kinkaide's, Scott's Seafood, maybe Pearl's. Bocanova is nice, gets good reviews and on a nice day you can sit outside. Maybe get a drink at Heinold's. Might consider Fat Lady.

                          Besides Chinatown there's Old Oakland, B Restaurants, Tamarindo and the Trapist (more beer then food).

                          468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

                          Fat Lady
                          201 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

                          55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

                          1. re: ML8000
                            Pius Avocado III Nov 18, 2011 02:13 PM

                            Miss Pearl's is "temporarily" closed.

                            1. re: Pius Avocado III
                              ML8000 Nov 18, 2011 04:30 PM

                              Didn't know that, thanks.

                              Chop Bar might also be worth checking out.

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