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Jack London Square neighborhood in Oakland

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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  1. 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

      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).

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      Tamarindo
      468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

      Fat Lady
      201 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

      Bocanova
      55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

      1. re: ML8000

        Miss Pearl's is "temporarily" closed.

        1. re: Pius Avocado III

          Didn't know that, thanks.

          Chop Bar might also be worth checking out.

    2. 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.

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

      1. 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.

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        Battambang
        850 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

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

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

        Bocanova
        55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

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

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

            http://www.tablehopper.com/chatterbox...

              1. re: Glencora

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

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              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

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

                1. re: escargot3

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

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

                2. re: Robert Lauriston

                  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

                    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

                      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.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        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.

                  2. 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.

                    Cosecha
                    907 washington St.
                    Oakland, Ca.

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                    1. re: shanghaikid

                      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. 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.

                      1. 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?