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Mar 13, 2014 12:44 PM

lunch in downtown Oakland

Going to be at Oak convention center in a few weeks and need a place to get dinner on Fri night and lunch on Sat. Maybe something in Chinatown for dinner. I've read that the old 'market' on Washington and 11th or 12th has some restaurants in it now. Anything with sandwiches? I've been away from the East Bay for years, so don't know eating places anymore. Cathy

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    1. re: wolfe

      Hard to go wrong with Miss Ollie's. It deserves the reviews it's getting.

      For lunch there's also Cosecha, Ratto's (sandwiches) and Caffe 817.

      1. re: ML8000

        Re the old Swan's Market:

        I second Cosecha (esp. love the posole and salad). Also Miss Ollie's.

        I've not loved the sausage place in the market.

        1. re: sundeck sue

          Rosamunde Sausage Grill sells some sausages from Taylor's (also in the market) but I think they're mostly Saag's.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Don't know about some of the menu, but doubt Saag's does wild boar; duck w/ figs or cherries; Nuremberg (small) bratwurst; Hungarian... Rosamunde has a great beer selection as well.

            Cosecha will be in brunch mode Saturday, but it's still possible to get pozole, quesadillas or braised pork tacos- good, but not the best dishes they offer.

            1. re: Pius Avocado III

              Good beer selection, but competition is steep with Trappist two blocks and Beer Revolution eight blocks away.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                I was thinking the immediate competition was more Pacific Coast directly across the street- Rosamunde's happy hour in particular is killing them. $3 Racer 5, $4 High Water Hop Logic today.

                Beer Revolution remains a dank, smelly, basement-type space after the buyout of one partner. Just an unpleasant place to be, for me.

          2. re: sundeck sue

            I would highly recommend visiting the old Swan Market, but I'd do that for Friday dinner (thumbs way up for Miss Ollie's), and perhaps dim sum at Peony in Chinatown on saturday for lunch.

            On Friday evening, the Swan Market really comes alive. There is a small wine bar operated by Periscope Cellars which has a fun and casual tasting on Friday evenings in the market. You can sit there and have the folks at Cosecha bring tasty Mexican food, if you prefer that to Miss Ollie's. (There is also a farmer's market around the Swan Market on Friday around lunch time.) If you do not like wine, there are also several bars down the block for drinks before dinner (District, Parliament).

            1. re: sundeck sue

              I got the salad from Cosecha for the first time today (I usually stick with the posole or the chicken taco). Wow! That is one good salad. Today's version had a ton of peaches, jicama, cucumber and pepitos. But the dressing is what makes -- tons of citrus.

              1. re: The Dive

                Yeah, the salad is great. It sounds like the one you had has more in it than the mango version that is often on the menu --which I usually get with a perfectly cooked sliced chicken breast. I also love their posole, and when they have it, the black bean soup. Anything I get is always accompanied by a braised pork taco.

          3. re: wolfe

            Miss Ollie's is awesome -- fab food, dynamic ambiance unique to Oaktown. But if you are at a conference and in a hurry, this is not the destination for you.

          4. Cam Huong for banh mi. Shan Dong for dumplings.

            Nido for great Mexican (maybe too far for lunch).

            Miss Ollie's is great. That's one of the places in the old Swan's market.

            1. A short walk to 17th St. and Webster would take you to Stag's and the best sandwiches in the area, served Saturday beginning at 11am.

              The standard offerings of a Reuben and grilled cheese with add-ons including bacon chutney and tomato jam are good; as an example this week's specials include porchetta and true cod cutter (Barbadian sandwich).

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                1. re: wolfe

                  marrow may not be opened on saturday or sunday.....(hours on y. page).

                  1. re: shanghaikid

                    From their web page. Have they changed?
                    HOURS OF OPERATION
                    BRUNCH :
                    Sat & Sun: 10:30am - 2:30pm
                    Mon - Fri: 11am - 3:00pm

                    1. re: wolfe

                      got info from yelp's page on marrow. did not look up marrow's web page.

                      1. re: shanghaikid

                        The past two weekends Marrow suspended weekend service; chef has a new baby and commutes from Napa daily- best to call ahead.

                        He's also looking to move to a larger location.

                    2. re: shanghaikid

                      Marrow's hours are erratic. Check his Twitter feed or call before going out of your way.

                      1. re: shanghaikid

                        Marrow is permanently closed.

                        just a housekeeping note, since this thread got bumped up.

                    3. re: Pius Avocado III

                      Marrow will no longer be offering brunch service anytime in the immediate future.

                    4. The Trappist has a tiny Menu with 2 Sandwiches on it and a great Beer List. Usually fairly quite for Lunch and the Sandwiches and Sausage are good.
                      Skip the Crab Timbal.

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                      1. re: chefj

                        Agreed on the timbale- switching to the Mikkeler Bar's chef has done nothing for the menu. They managed to get worse on the pastrami sandwich.

                      2. Vien Huong in Oakland Chinatown for lunch if you're in the mood for noodles.