Amba in Oakland - Is it worth the drive?
I liked it. It's a sandwich shop, bright decor, clean, nicer looking than the average kosher falafel shop, with food well above average. Wonderful, fresh pita. Excellent salads (loved the babaganoush and the Moroccan carrots). Sampled two specials: spiced, roasted slices of sweet potato that were delightful. And a lasagna that included tomato sauce and cheese but featured roasted vegetables and was excellent. I'd certainly go again if I was in the East Bay.
Amba is OK. I would drive from Berkeley, from SF - may be, from Palo Alto - no. I would better drive from PA to Jerusalem Grill and Bar in Campbell: http://jerusalemgrillbar.com/ or go to Izzy's bagels. . There is also a new sandwich place in Palo Alto - Roast Shop near University ave. It is under VAAD. http://www.yelp.com/biz/roast-shop-pa....