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Apr 17, 2013 08:18 AM

Alameda recommendations

My son is moving to Alameda in a couple of weeks. He asked me if I knew of any good places to eat there. I do not. Any suggestions? He likes Mexican and Chinese food but is open to anything flavorful.

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  1. If there is no suitable Mexican place in Alameda, there are many alternatives nearby in Oakland.

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    1. re: GH1618

      On Webster there's Otaez. Not as good as the Oakland branch but if you stick with the specials, i.e., non-combos, it's good.

      In Oakland, try Taco Grill or El Huarache Azteca.

      1. re: ML8000

        Nido plug - best Oakland mexican spot by far.

        1. re: ML8000

          I give Otaez Oakland a downhill alert.

          They have got worse and worse since the owner died.

          I have eaten there about 25 times before and 5 times after and there is no comparison.

          Also the taqueria side has turned into a dumpy shadow of its old self.

          1. re: Mission

            That is very sad on many levels, and not just the food. That guy was a pillar of the community.

            I live closer to the Alameda branch so I go there. That branch was never as good as the original but since the owner was murdered it has stayed on par. Also I always order the non-gringo specials, pozole, etc., and it's usually pretty good.

          2. re: ML8000

            I just had breakfast today at Otaez in Oakland. Great, except the flour tortillas were much thicker than I've had everywhere else, so kind of "doughy." I don't know which way is more authentic, but I prefer the thinner ones.

            1. re: ML8000

              I had dinner again at Otaez last night. The specials are indeed the way to go (my dining companion ordered one of the combos and it didn't look that good, although the bite I had of his enchilada was pretty tasty).

              I had the Tuesday special albondigas soup. This is surely one of the best food bargains around. I got the small, which was a huge bowl (it must have been a quart, because the leftovers more than half-filled a quart container). It includes a plate with a small heap of rice, two taquitos and some shredded cabbage (presumably the rice and the cabbage can be added to the soup; I have no idea what the taquitos are about, but it does seem to be traditional to serve them with soupy dishes (I've also been served them with pozole), at least in the local Mexican community). Plus all the chips and salsa you can eat. The price: $5.95. The soup (like all the food there) can be inconsistent, but this was a good version, with big chunks of carrots and zucchini and lots of stewed sliced tomato. Perfect for my post-dentist meal.

              Including a beer and an agua fresca, we spent less than $30 ($36 with tax and tip) and both had leftovers.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Wow, that is a deal. I'll have to remember that. Last special I got were the ribs. It didn't look like much but the price was reasonable and very tasty. I think it was like $7 or something. I'd order it again for sure.

                BTW, some of the standard gringo combos are good but like any mom and pop place, you have to sort through them. I like the flauntas, really hard to mess up.

                p.s. having their own parking lot isn't a deal maker or breaker but it sure is handy, especially with seniors.

          3. I'll go back to:

            East End Pizza
            The Ark (Chinese)
            Burma Superstar
            Forbiddden Island for tiki drinks (not food)

            I've had some good dishes at Penco Azul (former La PiƱata) but the menu's really long and a lot of the stuff's not great.

            1. East Ocean Seafood Restaurant for Dim Sum
              As mentioned already Spieisekammer, Food and Beer
              Sampaguita Fil-Am Cuisine (not stellar but good)
              Yume Sushi ,with a caveat to read about the service and customs first.
              Luck 13 for Beer

              1. If he's 21, he should know that the Hangar One distillery is in Alameda. Tours and tastings of delicious, delicious libations!

                1. Here are a couple more discussions:



                  The only Mexican I'll eat in Alameda is La Penca Azul (Park St.) or Otaez (Webster St.). The rest of it is mediocre at best.

                  One place that doesn't get mentioned much is Hong Kong City, which has a pretty good 3-for-$18 menu with some more interesting (i.e. not standard Chinese-American food) options. It also often has good deals on crab in season.

                  I liked my recent dinner at Pho Sinh (Park St.). Mint Leaf (Vietnamese) has some good deals for happy hour (Marina Village).

                  East End pizza should be opening its expanded restaurant any week now.

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                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Agree about Hong Kong City's 3-dishes-for-dinner menu. And they deliver too!