Oakland Journals

OAK

A travel journal to Oakland by panda2

Oakand Photo, Oakland, California More Photos
Quote: Oakland is less expensive to rent across the bay from the city of San Francisco, but life here isn't like what's available in the city, downtown pulls in its welcome mat come nightfall. Still it has its own uniqueness.

OAK

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Oakand Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
Oakland is across the bay from the more world-renowned San Francisco. There are free walking tours. Walk or drive around Lake Merritt and the connecting Grand Lake district including the Grand Lake Theatre, shop and dine in Oakland's Chinatown and visit the Oakland Museum.Jack London Square has restaurants and shops. Jack London Cinema has lots of movies to select from. The Parkway Theater is a second-run, relaxed movie experience near Lake Merritt. Oakland Rockridge and Piedmont Avenue areas are good places to hang...Read More

The Inn at Jack London Square

Hotel | "Best Western Inn at the Square"

The Inn at Jack London Square Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
Best Western Inn at the Square is located near the beginning of Broadway, next to a cineplex.Jack London Square is very close by, with shopping and many restaurants nearby, a restaurant next door, and a nice large swimming pool inside the center of the grounds. Take a romantic ferry ride to/from San Francisco in the daytime or in the evening.The bed is too soft, but you can make free local calls for up to 28 minutes long. There is a coffeemaker and an iron and board, but no fridge.AC Transit nos. 51, 72....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 4, 2003

The Inn at Jack London Square
233 BROADWAY
Oakland, California 94607
1-510-4524565

Soizic Restaurant

Restaurant

Soizic Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
Soizic Restaurant, serves California cuisine with a French flair; we went there a couple of times. The entrance is actually on 3rd Street, the atmosphere, food, and service were all quite good with white paper top over white tablecloth service.Lunch: first course items $3.50-7.50, entrée salads $10-14, pastas $12-16, entrées $11.50-18.50, sandwiches $9-10, 3 dessert choices available.Dinner: appetizers $3.50-11.50, entrée salads $13.50-15, pastas $14.50-18.50, main course $15.50-23.50 and fish of the day, four dessert choices available.Corkage fee $15 per 750ml bottle, 18% gratuity added for groups of six or more.I arrived without a reservation during...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2003

Soizic Restaurant
300 Broadway
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 251-8100

Yung Kee Restaurant

Restaurant

Yung Kee Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
The corner location restaurant has two floors, but the second is only open if there is an overflow of patrons. The ground floor is where the dining is done mostly. Roast duck, lamb stew, mixed meat clay pot, and wonton soup are just some of the items available. There are only about seven tables on the ground floor. The deli counter has a fair amount of foot traffic and deals with some orders for take out.Some items are already cooked or can be quickly cooked at the deli counter for quick service: roast duck, roast pork, Chinese barbecued pork, soy sauce chicken, boiled chicken, or wonton can be freshly cooked at the deli counter. Rice plates can be prepared there, too, if you ord...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2003

Yung Kee Restaurant
888 Webster St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 839-2010

Mr. Pizza Man

Restaurant

Mr. Pizza Man Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
Mr. Pizza Man has multiple locations, mainly in San Francisco. The location in Oakland has some dine-in seating though not very comfortable. You can also call up your order and either pick it up or, more likely, have it delivered to the door. I recommend the Mr. Pizza Man special, which has salami, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and sausage, and costs from $16 for a small 12-inch pie to $26 for an extralarge 18-inch pie. They have online coupons. The pizza quality has been good, with a thick crust if you want, good helping of toppings, and tasty and hot when delivered. On a recent visit, getting their pizza by the slice includes a drink fountain soda. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 30, 2003

Mr. Pizza Man
1422 Broadway
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 625-8383

Joy Luck Restaurant

Restaurant

Joy Luck Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
I usually go during the lunchtime frame, as the same dishes cost more for dinner. I usually order the same item, which isn't on the menu: filet of flounder with broccoli over chow fun, no salt or sodium, no MSG. The staff is amenable to making a dish with chow fun instead of rice, which is nice. They serve dim sum for a very reasonable cost but I feel the quality is lower and the quantity size is smaller, the place is packed by 11am. If you're a party of two or less, be prepared to share a table to get seated and start eating.Hours:11am-9:30pm. Credit cards accepted with $20 minimum.BART Oakland City Center 12th Street station exit 11th St. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 9, 2003

Joy Luck Restaurant
327 8th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 832-4270

Saint Anna Cafe Shop

Restaurant | "Saint Anna Cafe"

Saint Anna Cafe Shop Photo, Oakland, California
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This is a local popular spot with the Chinese. Hong Kong-style coffee or tea with milk is one of the best locally. It gets really crowded at times after 11:30am until after 1pm, where you may stand for a while before a table clears. I sometimes would drop in just for one of their milk teas to-go for $1.75. They serve mainly meat with either rice or spaghetti, and rarely any vegetables. Hours are 8:30am to about 8:30pm, Tuesdays 8am to 2:30pm. Sometimes they close maybe up to half an hour earlier than stated.BART Oakland City Center 12th Street station exit 11th St. 511.org or ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 9, 2003

Saint Anna Cafe Shop
326 8th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 893-1238

Lana's Sandwiches

Restaurant | "Lana's Restaurant"

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Lana's Restaurant features a hot, steamy table of Chinese food for the lunch crowd. There are different menu items, depending on the day of the week. What stands out for me is the pork chop with garlic sauce on Thursdays. If you want the pork chops, be sure to get your order before 1pm, as they may run out for the day.

There are tables here to sit and eat, but it's not very appealing--mostly to-go for the daytime lunch crowd.

Mon-Fri 7:30am-3pm

BART Oakland City Center 19th Street station exit 19th St.
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Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Lana's Sandwiches
435 19th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 839-7295

Crab Shak Art's Crab Shak

Restaurant | "Art's Crab Shak"

Crab Shak Art's Crab Shak Photo, Oakland, California
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Art's Crab Shak serves up very buttery crabs that are very succulent and finger-licking good. There goes the cholesterol. The atmosphere is dark. Crab dinner for one $25.95, crab dinner for four $115, crab cake dinner $17.30, snapper $13.65, salad $3.45. You must pay prior to receiving your food. You're provided a plastic bib, a nutcracker for cracking the crab's shells. Their lemonade is very good. Restroom is small and tight.

They have a mandatory gratuity of 15% if you eat in, so if you like their food, order it for pick-up to avoid the mandatory tip. Credit cards accepted.

Open Sunday -Thursday 11:30am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-12am


Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Crab Shak Art's Crab Shak
4031 Broadway
Oakland, California 94611
(510) 654-2864

Barney's Gourmet Hamburger

Restaurant | "Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers"

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Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers serves up some wonderful, tasty burgers, salads, soups, and desserts. I had their teriyaki burger and portobello burger--both were excellent.

Open Mon-Thurs 11am-9:30pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm.

Open later in the summer.


Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Barney's Gourmet Hamburger
4162 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, California 94611
(510) 655-7180

Ichi Japan

Restaurant | "Ichi Japon"

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Ichi Japon is a little neighborhood restaurant for those with the desire for some Japanese food.

Their California roll sushi is mouthwatering. The sauce on their chicken teriyaki is way too sweet though. Their potstickers are tiny and not worth eating. Their garden salad is very good. I asked for them to give me more salad in place of the potstickers. Their tea is frequently only lukewarm by the end of the day if you can get them to refill your teacup.

BART Oakland City Center 19th Street station exit 17th St.
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Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Ichi Japan
382 17th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 451-6667

Gum Wah Restaurant

Restaurant

Gum Wah Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
Gum Wah Restaurant has the best-tasting soup base. I recommend item #24, shrimp dumplings in soup $3.95, but I wouldn't recommend getting the soup with the noodles. If you like ask them to add some roast duck or Chinese BBQ pork into the soup, though the duck made the soup base very salty. Their item # 76 fried rice $4.95 is also very good. Stay away from their sweet & sour pork as it's very fatty. There's a deli counter to order things to go or dine in. Cash only. Daily 8:30am-7pm BART Oakland City Center 12th Street station exit 11th St. 511.org or >511 Transit ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Gum Wah Restaurant
345 8th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 834-3103

Quick Bite

Restaurant

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Quick Bite serves some great-tasting, deep-fried catfish. They also serve sandwiches, breakfast, and a fairly decent peach cobbler. Mainly to go, though there are a couple of tables.

Mon-Tue 11am-7pm, Wed-Thur 11am-7:30pm, Fri 11am-8:30pm, Sat 12pm-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

BART Oakland City Center 19th Street station exit 17th St.
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Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Quick Bite
1511 Franklin St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 839-7925

Pho 84

Restaurant

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Pho 84 is very popular place for Vietnamese cuisine--I've seen it packed with people at times with people waiting out the door for a table. It's quite noisy inside with all the customers talking. There is a designated lunch special each day such as their clay pot on Friday and Saturday. It was very tasty with shrimp, tender chicken, vegetables sitting on top of rice soaked in too much soy sauce. There's drinks like a mango shake.Come on a Saturday if you like it quieter as most of the crowd during the week are workers in the area during the weekdays.Credit cards are accepted with a minimum $10 purchase, which is real easy with their prices.BART Oakland Ci...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Pho 84
354 17th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 832-1338

Quote:
Shanghai Wang Restaurant, now gone served up northern Chinese cooking. I ordered their chow mein Shanghai-style, which came with very thick and chewy noodles--very flavorful, but also too greasy. There was maybe a tablespoon or two of oil at the bottom of the food carton.

Their take-out menu includes a coupon for 10% off a dine-in dinner Tuesday to Thursday costing $20 or more.

11am-3pm, 5pm-9:30pm

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Shanghai Wang Restaurant
1437 Franklin St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 251-9688

New Star Restaurant

Restaurant

New Star Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
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New Star Restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat buffet. It's just passable, nothing great, except the quantity of food you can consume for $6 plus tax. You may also order à la carte. The atmosphere is pretty low.

11am-8:30pm

BART Oakland City Center 12th Street station exit 11th St.
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Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

New Star Restaurant
526 8th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 832-2888

Quote:
Jimbo's Burger House, now closed and the owners retired, looks like it came through a time warp, except for its prices. The cooking style shows its age as well as the building itself does.

I had their teriyaki, and it wasn't very good; but it was consistent with their cooking style. They may do better with breakfast, but I haven't tried that.


Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Jimbo's Burger House
400 15th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 836-4586

Kyoto Express

Restaurant

Kyoto Express Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:

Kyoto Express is for the lunch crowd, mainly for take out, but you can eat there in their small, cramped quarters. I only went once, and I wasn't impressed enough to want to go back.


Monday-Friday 11:30am-3pm.

BART Oakland City Center 19th Street station exit 17th St.
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Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Kyoto Express
1721 Webster St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 444-1717

Hawaiian Walk In Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
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Hawaiian Walk In Restaurant is a basic hole-in-the-wall restaurant. You should order your food as take out, not dine in.

I usually order item A9, teriyaki chicken, but their teriyaki sauce is too sweet. I wouldn't bother to sit there to eat if there's a better place.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Hawaiian Walk In Restaurant
402 15th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 839-9391

Prospect Park Sandwiches

Restaurant | "Propect Park"

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Propect Park is a Korean-run breakfast and lunch establishment. You order and pay for your order at the counter, and the food is then prepared and brought to your table--very sensible. Open during weekdays primarily for day workers in the area.

BART Oakland City Center 19th Street station exit 17th St.
511.org or >511 Transit Trip Planner

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Prospect Park Sandwiches
1633 Broadway
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 834-1818

Nation's Giant Hamburgers and Great Pies

Restaurant | "Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies: Oakland"

Nation's Giant Hamburgers and Great Pies Photo, Oakland, California
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Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies near Jack London Square in Oakland serves some really good-tasting hamburgers and good (but not great) pies. They have about two feature pies each month that are available for the whole month.

Breakfast is served till 11:30am. I prefer the breakfast that is available all day.

Their barbecue and honey mustard sauces are really tasty.

There's frequently someone hanging outside the restaurant asking for a handout.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Nation's Giant Hamburgers and Great Pies
6060 Central Av At Carlson Blvd
El Cerrito, California 94530
(510) 528-8888

Tam's Fish & Chips

Restaurant | "Tam's Fish & Chips"

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Tam's Fish & Chips serves, as the name implies, fish and chips. They also serve Chinese food, if you wish. Their Chinese food was just all right, but not good enough to make me want to go back. I haven't tried their fish and chips. I take the food and go somewhere else to sit and eat, but there are tables there to dine in.

 

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Tam's Fish & Chips
362 17th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 832-3241

New Oak Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant | "New Oakland Seafood Restaurant"

New Oak Seafood Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
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New Oakland Seafood Restaurant does seafood. I usually order the less expensive rice plates for lunch. I've also pigged out on lobster and crab. It's best to go with some friends and share some dishes family style, that way you get to sample different dishes together.See what the white board specials offer, like goose with taro root clay pot $14.95, lamb stew claypot $8.95, both quite tasty; frog legs with Chinese herbs $8.95 was too many small bones to deal with for me. The crab meat sauce with broccoli $7.50 is very good.I usually like to order whatever fish they have for the day with broccoli or another vegetable they would have available for the day over rice noodles with g...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

New Oak Seafood Restaurant
307 10th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 893-3388

New Gold Medal Restaurant

Restaurant | "Sun Hong Kong Restaurant"

Quote:
Sun Hong Kong Restaurant serves their food with MSG by default, so remember to ask for no MSG. One time, my order of noodles was delivered and the noodles were really wet, even though they're not supposed to be. The food is usually decent, but I just don't care for the place. The staff isn't particularly friendly.

 

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

New Gold Medal Restaurant
389 8th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 465-1940

Hunan Restaurant

Restaurant

Hunan Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
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The quality of the food at the Hunan Restaurant is excellent. We ordered two crabs each with a different seasoning on each of them, salt & pepper and ginger and onion. I prefer the lighter seasoning that doesn't overpower the crabmeat's light, subtle, delicate flavor when it's fresh.

Monday-Saturday 11am-9:30pm

BART Oakland City Center 12th Street station exit 11th St.
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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2003

Hunan Restaurant
392 11th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 444-1155

Saigon Restaurant

Restaurant

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Saigon Restaurant provides very good Vietnamese cuisine for the employees of nearby office buildings. Their Vietnamese iced coffee is delicious. There's outside seating tables if you want some sun or a breeze.

BART Oakland City Center 12th Street station or 19th Street station.
511.org or 511 Transit Trip Planner

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2003

Saigon Restaurant
1526 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, California 94601
(510) 465-4545

Gum Kuo Restaurant

Restaurant

Gum Kuo Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
Gum Kuo Restaurant has the best rice rolls, done fresh when not overcooked. They mix rice flour with water in a pan, steam it, add the filling of your choice, and roll them onto a plate. Eating rice rolls fresh and hot is the best way to consume this delicacy. They don't taste nearly as good cold or reheated. The shrimp dumplings in soup are excellent, as is the rice porridge. The chow fun is also quite good in a fresh, subtle, delicate way. Open Thursday through Tuesday, 8am-midnight, cash only.BART Oakland City Center 12th Street station exit 11th St. 511.org ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Gum Kuo Restaurant
388 9th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 268-1288

Vida's Fish Market

Restaurant

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Vida's Fish Market fries up seafood, but the orders take much longer than I would like--same for all the other customers. The food is all right, but the waiting doesn't warrant repeat business from me.

The area doesn't look good or safe, so drive if you go there.

Open Tue-Thurs and Sat 11am-9pm; Fri 11am-10pm

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Vida's Fish Market
1326 E 18th St
Oakland, California 94606
(510) 532-1688

Take It Easy

Restaurant

Take It Easy Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
Take It Easy Thai cuisine is tasty, but the portions are small, so I still felt hungry afterward. They just renovated and expanded their restaurant space, so that must mean they have a lot of business. A typical portion of food served in restaurants in Thailand is small compared to typical portions in the U.S.

Mon-Sat 10:30am-8:30pm

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Take It Easy
351 17th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 452-2442

Fine Place The

Restaurant | "Fine Place"

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Fine Place serves food during the day hours--health drinks, breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and fruit. Dine in or take out. I like the combination chicken salad sandwich with a salad for under $6.

 

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Fine Place The
367 17th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 465-9292

Sam's Restaurant

Restaurant

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Sam's Restaurant offers a $5.95 buffet for lunch, but the buffet menu items are always the same and not very extensive. Its quality is fair to good. The buffet food has some sushi, but it's better to order off their menu if salmon is in season. Soda is $1 extra with the buffet.

Mon-Fri 11am-6pm
Buffet: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

Sam's Restaurant
419 15th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 839-9026

Bay Fung Tong Tea House Restaurant

Restaurant | "Bay Fung Tong Seafood Tea House"

Bay Fung Tong Tea House Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
Bay Fung Tong Seafood Tea House's food quality is fair. Suggest cutting back on the grease used to cook the food. The shrimp fried rice was first rate. Overall though, I wasn't all that impressed with their food, nor service having requested iced water three times and finally getting it when I'm half way into my meal. Their shrimp with scrambled eggs over chow fun was requested wet or runny, it wasn't, unless you count at least a tablespoon of oil at the bottom of the plate. I prefer to go to Chinatown instead.

Mon-Fri 11am-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 5-9:30pm.

BART Oakland 19th Street station exit 19th St.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

Bay Fung Tong Tea House Restaurant
1916 Franklin St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 832-3298

Merritt Restaurant & Bakery

Restaurant | "Merritt Restaurant & Bakery"

Merritt Restaurant & Bakery Photo, Oakland, California
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Merritt Restaurant & Bakery, established 1952, is very popular because of its finger-licking fried chicken to go. There's restaurant seating, but they have so much business to go, they have a separate counter for that as well. There's also a bakery, as well as a bargain table for older baked goods that aren't as freshly made. I'd say their chicken tastes better than their desserts. I love a great tasting strawberry shortcake, it looks great, it misses hitting the spot for me in the taste.Sunday-Thursday 6am-1am, Friday-Saturday 6am-2am, credit cards accepted, parking in the lot. Email ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 10, 2003

Merritt Restaurant & Bakery
203 E 18th St
Oakland, California 94606
(510) 444-8680

Quote:
Ahn's quarter-pound burger tasted good, but not great or outstanding. Their shake was thick and creamy. The large seating area was mostly empty.

The place wasn't good enough for me to do a repeat visit.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 10, 2003

Ahn's Quarter Pound Burger
439 Grand Ave
Oakland, California 94610
(510) 763-4328

Quote:
Hegenburger's Hamburger Restaurant is popular with the lunch crowd because they do a brisk business. You phone in your order or go up to the counter to place your order, pay, get a ticket for your order, and then dine in or take out.

Their beef patties are very good quality.

They have one or two tables outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and also for a bit more quiet than inside the restaurant, but outside you have to deal with the traffic noise.

Near the Oakland airport.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2003

Hegenburger's Hamburger Restaurant
280 Hegenberger Rd
Oakland, California 94621
(510) 569-9115

Quote:
Green Garden Mandarin Restaurant, no more, catered to the low end of the spectrum, unfortunately. Their all-you-can-eat buffet food is passable.

I was curious about this place, but now my curiosity is fulfilled, and I never need to come back again. I think you can do much better in Oakland Chinatown on quality, but not quantity. For quantity, I suppose this would do.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 10, 2003

Green Garden Mandarin Restaurant
296 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, California 94621
(510) 635-6528

Coffee Mill & Bakery

Restaurant | "Coffee Mill & Bakery (The)"

Coffee Mill & Bakery Photo, Oakland, California
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The Coffee Mill & Bakery has been around for 30 years, selling coffee, breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, soups, and salads, including eggs Benedict. Breakfast weekdays 7am-3pm, weekends 7am-4pm. It has a small patio where you can people-watch and take in some sun. Monday-Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 7am-6pm.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 20, 2003

Coffee Mill & Bakery
3363 Grand Ave
Oakland, California 94610
(510) 465-4224

Sweet Booth

Restaurant

Sweet Booth Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
Sweet Booth is a little sweet shop to buy ice cream, drinks of various sorts, and pudding. There's space to sit and consume your purchase.

Open till about 10pm.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 20, 2003

Sweet Booth
388 9th St (between Webster and Franklin Sts)
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 893-3633

Quote:
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream's billion-dollar institution has been in Oakland since 1928. Dreyer's has some of the best-tasting ice cream on the market. At this location, you may have some of the products to taste.

 

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2003

Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream
5929 College Ave
Oakland, California 94618
(510) 652-8187

Jade Villa

Restaurant

Jade Villa Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
Jade Villa serves dim sum for lunch, which is quite popular. When busy, register to give your name and wait for your name to be called. Tablecloth service provided. When busy, it's quite congested inside. There are many dishes on carts rolling by with different delicacies. I ended up ordering far too many deep-fried shrimp dishes. Overall, the food was acceptable, though not outstanding quality. Their baked barbecued pork buns was too sticky on the outside, and the meat inside was overly sweet. There's also a dim sum bakery, for take out only, adjacent to the entrance for dine in. BART Oakland City Center 12th Street station exit 11th St. 5...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 2, 2003

Jade Villa
800 Broadway At 8th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 839-1688

Shan Dong Restaurant

Restaurant | "Shan Dong Mandarin Restaurant"

Shan Dong Restaurant Photo, Oakland, Tennessee
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Shan Dong Mandarin Restaurant serves northern cuisine, where the specialty is handmade noodles and steamed dumplings. The place is smallish, clean, and a bit warm, due to the afternoon sun. Avoid the place on hot days. They played classical music in the background. We ordered the curry beef stew daily special off the white board located at the entrance, boiled pork dumplings with cabbage, and special chow mein. The quantity was a bit on the smallish side, but it was more than made up for by the quality, which was quite good. The food was tasty, with a good mix of flavors. The dough on the dumplings was thicker dough and chewi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2003

Shan Dong Restaurant
328 10th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 839-2299

New Gold Medal Restaurant

Restaurant | "Gold Medal Restaurant"

New Gold Medal Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
Gold Medal Restaurant, now closed, served very tasty wonton soup. The place was a little on the small side with an older Chinese clientele. Avoid the place on hot days or get your food to go, as it gets too hot inside.

Ordered roast duck wonton soup, which was very good, but the liquid was too hot, and the steamed rice noodles with Chinese barbecue pork was also very good.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2003

New Gold Medal Restaurant
389 8th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 465-1940

D & a Cafe

Restaurant | "D & A Cafe"

D & a Cafe Photo, Oakland, California
Quote:
This is a very popular spot with the Chinese locals. It's frequently busy, so you may need to stand and wait for a table to become available. One of the dishes I like is available after 6pm: You can order three dishes from a choice of 84 items (my usual choices are #16: fillet of cod with vegetables, #24: beef spareribs with honey pepper sauce; and #45: Peking spareribs), for under $20. Eat it there, and it will also include soup, rice, and tea. The meal can feed three or four people, depending on their appetites. Open till 1am, but try to be seated by 12:30am to avoid disappointment.BART Oakland City Center 12th Street station exit 11th St. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 13, 2003

D & a Cafe
702 Webster St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 839-6223

Legendary Palace

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Restaurant

Legendary Palace Photo, Oakland, California
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Legendary Palace, built 1917 serves fine Chinese cuisine and dim sum along with fusion blends of American, French and Japanese in air-conditioned comfort. Discounts offered excluding holidays are: dim sum Monday-Friday 8am-2pm 20% discount, Saturday-Sunday 8am-2pm 10% discount, daily after 2pm 30%, dim sum to go 10% discount. Service for dim sum is quite good, with tablecloth service. But I noticed that our selected tablecloth was dirty, the manager quickly placed a large square white paper the size of the table surface instead of changing the tablecloth.Charge for tea by head, choice of tea, service on rolling c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2003

Legendary Palace
708 Franklin St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 663-9188

China Star Express

Restaurant

China Star Express Photo, Oakland, California
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China Star is mainly to-go food and offers a few tables to sit, but there's no atmosphere to speak of. Service is fairly quick. Steam table service offering items including fried rice, chow fun, chow mein, white rice, deep fried chicken leg (drumstick) and wings, curry chicken, sesame chicken, kung pao chicken, bitter melon, white fish, deep-fried flounder, and garlic catfish that is very tasty but too oily, best to get it when it first comes out. I like their long beans--when they have it--and their chow fun--if it looks appealing. If it's been sitting too long under the lamps, it dries up.The way to shop is when you appear, quickly scan the steam table to see what looks good, v...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

China Star Express
399 8th Street
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 238-8817

Vien Huong Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
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Vien Huong Restaurant is a very popular Vietnamese soup, noodle, and rice house with people waiting outside during busy lunch periods. Interior is very basic and the service is fair. Food is fairly good.

Try to go before 11am or after 2pm, or else give your name and the number of people in your party and wait for your name to be called. Be prepared to share a table during busy periods.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 4, 2003

Vien Huong Restaurant
712 Franklin St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 465-5938

Da Vinci's Pasta & Pizza

Restaurant | "Da Vinci's Pasta & Pizza"

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Da Vinci's Pasta & Pizza serves some really good food. The place is comfortable to be in, and the service is good.

It has changed owners, and the quality isn't as good. The bread isn't made fresh on the premises, instead it's brought in. The sauces used to taste better under the previous owner.

BART Oakland 19th Street station exit 19th St.

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Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Da Vinci's Pasta & Pizza
1814 Franklin St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 444-0900

Dai Ten

Restaurant

Dai Ten Photo, Oakland, California
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Dai Ten restaurant is located in a quieter part of downtown Oakland when evening comes. Its darkish wood decor is quiet, like its atmosphere. Its food is quite good, though I was missing an orange slice on my combination plate; otherwise, everything else was fine. The teriyaki was tasty without being overly sweet. The batter on the tempura wasn't a light, airy batter, more heavy/dense. The portions were a little on the small side by American standards. However, I felt very satisfied with our meal, which included miso soup, small green salad, white rice, green tea, a large glass of ice water; I felt neither hungry nor stuffed afterward. The atmosphere inside was quiet and pleasant. Cred...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 16, 2004

Dai Ten
1830 Webster St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 836-3021

Four Seasons Cafe

Restaurant

Four Seasons Cafe Photo, Oakland, California
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Four Seasons Cafe serves up a salad bar by weight, as well as entrées and sandwiches for the lunch crowd. Their food is very good, though depending on how much you want, your salad can quickly add up.

Mon-Fri 8am-2:45pm, salad bar opens 11:15am.

BART Oakland 19th Street station exit 20th St.
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Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Four Seasons Cafe
410 21st St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 763-8741

Happy Burrito

Restaurant

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Happy Burrito isn't where I'd be happy, their food is passable, but not very good. It has a low-grade, hole-in-the-wall atmosphere. Their food quality and quantity just doesn't come up to a place like Taqueria El Farolito, the place I prefer to go to for a good-tasting decent-sized burrito. It is the standard by which I rate all other Mexican burritos.

 

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Happy Burrito
1616 Webster St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 763-9174

Taqueria El Farolito Photo, Oakland, California
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Taqueria El Farolito is a small chain, and their burritos are big, great tasting, and relatively cheap. I asked for rice, meat, whole beans (black or pinto), and fresh tomatoes. Avocado is available for an extra cost. I left out the salsa, raw onions, and cilantro, since I dislike those ingredients. My favorite meats are beef tongue, al pastor (pork), and smoked chicken burritos. There's a shrimp soup listed in Spanish on the menu as "Cocktail de Camaron" I saw someone else order $7.75 that looks worthy of trying. There are also fresh-fruit drinks available when in season. I've seen many local residents of Mexican descent frequenting the establishment. Th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2003

Taqueria El Farolito
3646 International Blvd
Oakland, California 94601
(510) 533-9194

Restaurant Peony

Restaurant | "Restuarant Peony"

Restaurant Peony Photo, Oakland, California
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Restaurant Peony is located inside Pacific Renaissance Plaza on the second level. When it's busy for lunch, there's an area to wait to be seated at a table. There are different teas for you to choose; otherwise they'll give you the default choice. There's white tablecloth service. Tea incurs a charge per head. Service was terrible and the quality was okay, but not great, and it was pricey. Dim sum comes out on hand-carried trays or mostly on carts. You may order something else off a menu, and perhaps it will arrive before you decide to leave.For dessert ask for mango pudding with milk. They don't bring this dish out on carts or trays.Dim sum is best fresh, and i...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 2, 2003

Restaurant Peony
388 9th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 286-8866

Le Cheval

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Restaurant

Le Cheval Photo, Oakland, California
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Le Cheval, established in 1985, is indeed a very popular restaurant of Vietnamese cuisine. The place has a cavernous open-seating space. On the way in we noticed an Asian restaurant on the corner of the block that was empty, a Mexican grill place that was also empty, and Le Cheval, which wasn't full either (to about a third of their capacity, which is about the full capacity of each of the other two places). Afterward, when we were leaving, the place was about full and the other two places on the same block still had not one customer that we were able to spot.This is a more upscale restaurant, with white tablecloths...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2004

Le Cheval
1007 Clay Street
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 763-8957

Nation's Giant Hamburgers and Great Pies

Restaurant | "Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies: El Cerrito"

Nation's Giant Hamburgers and Great Pies Photo,
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Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies in El Cerrito is a regional chain in Northern California. If you have wheels and are hungry late at night or early in the morning, this place is open. They serve very good hamburgers and good pies, as well as breakfast. Their barbecue and honey mustard sauces are very tasty to add on top of your hamburgers. They feature a pie of the month that rotates a couple of flavors available only that month. This location is open 24 hours. I ordered eggs with only the whites, and the person accommodated me. Sometimes it gets very crowded and the queue to place your order can be quite long, depending on the time of ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2004

Nation's Giant Hamburgers and Great Pies
6060 Central Av At Carlson Blvd
El Cerrito, California 94530
(510) 528-8888

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Green Garden Restaurant is no more in Walnut Creek. That's really a shame. This has been the best all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet for such a reasonable price to date. They used to have this buffet lunch and dinner, every day. The last time I was there was 1996 when they scaled back the buffet just to weekday lunch.I had myself scheduled to be in Walnut Creek so that I could go for their wonderful buffet lunch. I was applying for a new position with my company and was being tested. Pass or fail, I was going to have either a celebration lunch or a consolation lunch. As it turned out I passed the test, so it was a celebration lunch.They did a marvelous job with the food. It was big...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2004

Green Garden Restaurant
1101 Civic Drive
Oakland, California 94598
(925) 938-8878

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La Salsa is a chain Mexican restaurant operating in nine states. This particular location is in the City Center, downtown Oakland. There's outside seating provided and an indoor dining area in a clean, bright space playing energetic Mexican music in the background. The breakfast menu is offered from 8am to 10:30am. They offer catering service also.

Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
BART Oakland 12th St./City Center

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 22, 2004

La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill
510 14th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 834-3422

Tin's Teahouse Restaurant

Restaurant | "Tin's Tea House Restaurant"

Tin's Teahouse Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
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Tin's Tea House Restaurant has moved to Walnut Creek, was a smaller, limited but good selection of the most common, popular dim sum items. There's a charge for tea per head. I noticed that most of their dim sum items are mostly on hand-carried tray of a few items at a time, except for items like shrimp dumplings, which are on carts. The shrimp dumplings are a sure sell, so they stack them up and put it on the carts. The other items hand carried come out in small quantities and are sold quickly, so they don't have to carry the inventory around the floor till it's gone. When you're seated, decide what tea you wish to order or they'll bring you a default choice. Item number 25 (pan-fried shrimp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2004

Tin's Teahouse Restaurant
1829 MT Diablo Blvd
Walnut Creek 94596
(510) 832-7661

Ying Kee Noodle House

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Restaurant

Ying Kee Noodle House Photo, Oakland, California
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Ying Kee served some delicious dishes. Now closed at this location but have moved to a new home just one block over to 387 9th St/Franklin St with a different name Ying Kee Restaurant and phone number. No air conditioning, just fans in the far back of this huge interior and one overhead at the entrance. Even on a hot day, it's still comfortable.Items we ordered are item # 33 Xui Cao (Pork and Shrimp) Soup - XUICAO CAM TU, item # 64 Shrimp Egg Chow Fun, item # 112 Steamed Fillet of Sole with Black Bean Sauce but asked for Garlic Sauce to be substituted.The dumplings are first briefly flash deep fried then added to the so...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2004

Ying Kee Noodle House
387 9th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 251-1238

Yo Ho Restaurant

Restaurant

Yo Ho Restaurant Photo, Oakland, California
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Yo Ho Restaurant is a relatively small place as dim sum houses go. There's an early line up for their rather limited seating. Get a number and wait for your number to be called. The tables are spaced tightly together, making the aisles tight and the carts hard to maneuver. There are a few small tables, so be expected to share your table during busy times. The high quality with low prices keeps this place busy. Mostly Chinese clientele.

Hours: Dim Sum 9am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-9:30pm

BART 12th St. City Center, exit 11th St.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 6, 2004

Yo Ho Restaurant
337 8th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 268-0233

Ying Kee Noodle House

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Restaurant | "Ying Kee Restaurant"

Ying Kee Noodle House Photo, Oakland, California
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Ying Kee Noodle House closed down right after I wrote up my review on 9/12/2004 and moved to become Ying Kee Restaurant; it serves up some pretty tasty dishes, but there's no air-conditioning--just some ceiling fans, which is significantly better than their previous location. But the food comes out just good. Item 33: Xui Cao (Pork and Shrimp) Soup XUI CAO CAM TU $4.60, item 64: Shrimp Egg Chow Fun $5.35, and, item 112: Steamed Sole with Black Bean Sauce $6.99, are good choices.The dumplings, briefly deep-flash-fried and then added to the soup, are delicious. I asked for the dumplings filled with shrimp only. The Shrimp Egg Chow Fun, with the eggs soft and runny, is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2004

Ying Kee Noodle House
387 9th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 251-1238

Yummy Guide

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Yummy Guide Photo, Oakland, California
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Yummy Guide is a no-frills place to dine. White board specials by the entrance 11am to 6pm including coffee or milk tea $3.75; Tea Break specials 2pm-6pm $1.75. From their rather extensive menu selections includes: noodles, chow fun, yummy meals, sizzling platters, rice plates, set dinners, porridge, sandwiches, jellygrass/sago, snacks, ices, drinks, desserts (almost no vegetables in selections). There's also a slew of choices off the white boards on the walls.I ordered Indonesian-style fried rice, which is hot. I asked for it not to be spicy. I wanted to try out that dish but wanted it very tame. When my order came, I started eating it and soon found myself fighting to eat it, as it was t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 25, 2004

Yummy Guide
358 11th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 251-0888

Fruit Oasis Cafe

Restaurant

Fruit Oasis Cafe Photo, Oakland, California
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Fruit Oasis Cafe is located in a very tiny string of shops. It offers light snack food, sandwiches, noodles, rice clay pot (30-minute wait), a variety of Hong Kong style sweets, hot drinks, cold drinks, bubble tea drinks, special teas, fresh juice, ice treats, hot (i.e. steamed white fungus with papaya, taro coconut with tapioca, sweet potato soup) and cold (i.e. mango pudding, mango queendom) desserts, and specials on the wall mostly in Chinese, some in English. This is a fairly small place, but it's open and shares space with another business of Chinese video entertainment.It wasn't very busy when we went, a bit on the chilly side of this brightly lit, clean place, with Chines...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 30, 2004

Fruit Oasis Cafe
288 11th Street
Oakland, California
(510) 832-2100

Huynh Vietnamese Cuisine Photo, Oakland, California
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Huynh Vietnamese Cuisine serves Vietnamese food in an elegant setting of nice wood furniture. It was full for lunch, but, for dinner, it wasn't very busy when we went. Items number 17 (prawn, crab, and noodle soup) and number 104 (pan-fried red snapper with ginger fish sauce), and beverage items number 1 (French iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk) and number 9 (mango with crushed ice in light syrup) were ordered.The crab was imitation crab and all right. The snapper was very tasty, but a little hot from the ginger, and be careful of the small fish bones. The iced coffee was very g...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2004

Huynh Vietnamese Cuisine
381 15th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 832-5238

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I Love Sushi Restaurant, finally close served sushi and Japanese cuisine. Their tempura was good, but the last few times I went, there were excuses made for not serving tempura. The oil isn't good and the mixing bowls are dirty. I finally gave up going there, as I didn't want excuses. I wanted the tempura on the menu, so they lost my business.

BART Oakland City Center 12th Street station exit 11th St.
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Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 21, 2004

I Love Sushi Restaurant
351 12th St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 444-7776

Korean BBQ Buffet

Restaurant

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Korean BBQ Buffet in San Leandro is an all-you-can-eat place. Prices are much better for lunch than dinner. Lunch is less expensive, with a smaller selection of choices and the food is all already cooked. For dinner, you select uncooked meat and grill it yourself at your table. There are also already cooked/prepared items. I ate far too much early on, so before the food items were cooked, I was already full.

 

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Korean BBQ Buffet
1292 Davis St
Oakland, California 94577
(510) 568-4795

Hometown Buffet

Restaurant

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Hometown Buffet is a national restaurant chain. Some food items change depending on the day of the week. The quality is just adequate, but wasn't high enough to make me want to keep coming back.

You can certainly get full, but after several visits, I got tired of the food choices and preferred to go elsewhere instead.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Hometown Buffet
212 Greenhouse Marketplace
Oakland, California 94577
(510) 351-5900

Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies

Restaurant | "Nations's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies: San Leand"

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Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies in San Leandro serves up some really tasty burgers. I especially like that I am able to get mine with grilled onions. The optional honey mustard sauce and barbecue sauce are both outstanding additions to their burgers.

They have specialty pies for every month, as well as their regular selections, which are good, but not as great as they advertise.

Queues can be quite long at times. Daily 6-3am, breakfast served till 11am.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies
1335 Washington Ave.
San Leandro, California 94577
(510) 352-8820

Buffet Fortuna

Restaurant

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Fortuna Buffet is an all-you-can-eat buffet. Some of the items offered may include crab legs, which people would line up for. The salt and pepper spare ribs are good. I enjoyed having several root beer floats. There's a sweet soup made with taro root that's pretty tasty, too.

The place gets quite crowded, which is good for a buffet because the food turns over frequently instead of just sitting on the steam tables. There could be a queue for half an hour out the door to get in.

When crab legs are served, the long lines form for a few minutes until the crab legs are all gone.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Buffet Fortuna
1330 Washington Ave
Oakland, California 94577
(510) 614-8768

Tillie's Diner

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Restaurant

Tillie's Diner Photo, Oakland, California
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Barry is the co-owner of this Alameda establishment, which was once a 24-hour operation when the Navy was stationed there. Most of his business is from repeat customers, some have been coming for over 50 years, some as far away as Sacramento or Santa Clara. He's doing a good job--in short, good food, good service. You won't find your coffee cup going empty unless you want it to. Business can be brisk, especially on weekends, where there can be a wait for a seat. I ordered Joe's Special off the white board. When I tasted it, it wasn't to my liking, but I wasn't complaining about it. Barry noticed that by my facial expression that I wasn't really happy with my selection, as I had set in my heart a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Tillie's Diner
1500 Webster St At Santa Clara Ave
Alameda 94501
(510) 523-1737

Jim's Coffee Shop

Restaurant

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Jim's Coffee Shop is a large cavern inside with a large parking lot that was almost full in this Alameda eatery. Inside it's busy with customers and the noise level is quite high, you might have a hard time with a conversation. Service was efficient, with silverware, coffee, and water served very quickly after seating. They had eggs Benedict for their breakfast. The selection is quite large. The service is good, the food decent, but the background noise is bad. Try sitting up front where the noise level may be lower instead of the larger area near the rear parking entrance. Because the noise is so loud, I am downgrading the recommendation. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Jim's Coffee Shop
2333 Lincoln Ave At Park St
Alameda 94501
(510) 523-5368

Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies

Restaurant | "Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies: Alameda"

Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies Photo, Oakland, California
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Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies in Alameda is a good place for a decent-sized burger. I order mine with grilled onions and top it off with their honey mustard and barbecue sauce, all very tasty. They also offer a chicken burger, a vegetarian harvester burger which I tried and wasn't impressed, a wild salmon burger. Sometimes I ask for their java (coffee) shake and the staff won't know what I'm talking about or say they don't offer it. Their chili is far too salty. Their chili fries are nice--a scoop of chili over fries. Their pies are good, perhaps very good, but not great as the restaurant's name implies, in my opinion...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Nation's Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies
1432 Webster St.
Alameda, California 94501
(510) 521-8888

Tau Yuen Pastry

Attraction | "Tao Yuen Pastry"

Tao Yuen Pastry Photo, Oakland, California
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This is a popular little dim sum place, where it can be quite a wait (20 minutes) to get your order if you hit the place when it's really busy. Their steamed shrimp dumpling’s skin is thicker and more doughy than I care for and slightly spicy. Try to order your food during off-peak times, not during lunchtime. If you see the place mobbed with customers, go do some shopping around Oakland's Chinatown and come back in a while. They do add MSG (mono sodium glutamate) into their foods and use lard. The items I liked are the steamed dumplings with pork and leek; baked curry pork turnovers; and de...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 10, 2003

Tau Yuen Pastry
816 Franklin St. / 8th St.
Oakland, California

Sun Sing Pastry Dim Sum

Attraction | "Sun Sing Pastry"

Sun Sing Pastry Dim Sum Photo, Oakland, California
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The things I like getting here are the shrimp dumplings with a thinner skin, which is an order of three dumplings, and potstickers that are nice, big, plump and juicy. I like their combination dumpling. Fish cakes are too salty. Avoid the custard tarts here; the crust has too much water or has been handled too long, making the crust hard. I recommend Wonder Food Bakery for their custard tarts. For Dim Sum Online ordering, you qualify for free delivery in the San Francisco Bay area with a $250 minimum, placed three days ahead, with cash on delivery.There's a couple of small tables ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2003

Sun Sing Pastry Dim Sum
382 8th St / Franklin St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 763-9228

Wonder Food Bakery

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Attraction

Wonder Food Bakery Photo, Oakland, California
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This is definitely a local dive for the Chinese here, with not very pleasant fluorescent lighting. It's easy to walk by and miss the store, even if you're looking for it. However, there's a community here. Seniors, workers in the morning, school kids in the afternoon, they come here to have something tasty, sweet, and savory, or to congregate and socialize. And the word spreads quickly when it's a good place, as it's often busy with customers. This place has the best egg custard tarts, flaky crust, not overly cooked custard, still a little movement in the center when it first comes out hot. These tasty treats are located way in the back end of the bakery counter.People wait...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2003

Wonder Food Bakery
340 9th St / Webster St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 893-4193

Grocery Outlet

Attraction

Grocery Outlet Photo, Oakland, California
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Grocery Outlet was started by the late Jim Read in 1946 with this concept buying military surplus and reselling it to the public in San Francisco, which now has locations in the western U.S. and Hawaii. Its focus is to buy merchants' oversupplies, goods about to expire, or inventories of business that didn't sell or went under for cut-rate prices and resell them to customers. The inventory constantly changes. The bread prices here are good, and everything they sell is guaranteed. Any purchase you're not pleased with, you can return it for a refund.Coming early in the morning or later in the evening befor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 13, 2003

Grocery Outlet
2900 Broadway / 29th St
Oakland, California 94611
(510) 465-5649

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The Robert Austin Computer Show was put together to bring together buyers and sellers of computer hardware and software. You need to do your research prior to going in order to find out which products you want and the prices you should pay. Sometimes the vendors sell older stuff, so it pays to know the current and older versions of programs. With some knowledge and some cash, you could walk away with a laptop, a complete PC, or enough components to put one together from parts of your choosing (which may be better than one of those brand names). The number of vendors vary from show to show, some have dropped off not able to make enough of a profit. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

Robert Austin Computer Show
Oakland Convention Center, 10th & Washington
Oakland, California

Old Oakland Farmer's Market Photo, Oakland, California
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Old Oakland Farmer's Market is open Fridays 7am to 2pm, and stretches a few blocks along 9th St., beginning at Broadway and ending at Clay St. It's where local growers bring fresh produce to the customers. There are also merchants selling popcorn, baked goods, trinkets, living plants, and roasted chicken. I personally like to go all the way to the end to check out the oranges there. Usually it's a little less expensive, though Chinatown nearby can often beat their prices. But the quality can be better - since it's direct from the grower, it's fresher. It's also good to just people-watch....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 1, 2003

Old Oakland Farmer's Market
9th St / Broadway
Oakland, California

Sun Hing Meat Market Photo, Oakland, California
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Sun Hing Meat Market has roast duck, Chinese barbecue pork, tofu, sweet and sour pork, and black mushrooms, vegetarian "jai". They will make rice plate dishes for you to eat there, if you desire, for around $4. The market closes at 6:30pm.

 

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2003

Sun Hing Meat Market
386 8th St / Franklin St
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 836-1819

Eastbay Ferries

Attraction | "East Bay Ferries"

Eastbay Ferries Photo, Oakland, California
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East Bay Ferries offers a slower, laid-back, pleasant, scenic way across the bay on the water's surface. You can get a breathtaking view going under the bridge. Dress warmly. It's nice doing this on a clear day, another on a clear evening for a different romantic effect with the lights of the bridge and cities. Bring a camera. It's an alternative of getting across to the East Bay, and it's more tranquil being on the water. It's getting back to a simpler time. This was the main way of getting across the bay prior to the bridges and BART. When the 1989 San Francisco earthquake briefly shut down the Bay Bri...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2003

Eastbay Ferries
Main St
Oakland, California 94501
(510) 522-3300

Parkway Speakeasy Theater

Attraction | "Parkway Theater"

Parkway Speakeasy Theater Photo, Oakland, California
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Parkway Theater is a repertory theater that shows second-run movies in a relaxed and fairly spacious setting. Admission for each movie is $5, except for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is $6. There's a better menu selection than in a typical theater, and if your food order requires some time to prepare, it's brought to your seat. You may sit up close on sofas or farther away at your choice of tables and chairs or counters and chairs. It's really a nicer, more comfortable way of watching a movie, as opposed to the typical theater, with tight rows and columns of seating and typical,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2003

Parkway Speakeasy Theater
1834 Park Blvd.
Oakland, California 94606
(510) 848-1994

Neldam's Danish Bakery Photo, Oakland, California
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Neldam's Danish Bakery, a Swedish establishment since 1929, sells their pies and cakes made with real whipped cream--and charges accordingly. Take a number once you enter and wait for your number to be called in their clean, brightly lit store. See what you would like through their glass display as you wait. I give a high-satisfaction rating for their great-tasting pastries. You look at the real whipped cream on the strawberry shortcake, and the strawberries are in season--real, sweet berries. You can smell the sweetness in the air, and you salivate in anticipation of tasting such a delight and feeling it in your mouth. You'll satisfy four of your senses.Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 16, 2003

Neldam's Danish Bakery
3401 Telegraph Av / 34th St
Oakland, California 94609
(510) 658-1967

Scotland Gifts

Attraction

Scotland Gifts Photo, Oakland, California
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Scotland Gifts is a gift shop filled with items with a Scottish theme, from shortbread to whiskey. There are books, trinkets, clothing apparel and crystal. The website provides some recipes as well as links.If you know someone of Scottish heritage and they're yearning for a taste for oat cakes--perhaps something to put on top also--browse through their food selection.Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 10am-7pmTelephone: (510) 891-9152 Fax: (510) 891-915...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 5, 2004

Scotland Gifts
472 Water St / Broadway
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 891-9152

De Lauer Super Newsstand Photo, Oakland, California
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De Lauer Super Newsstand is probably the only 24-hour newsstand in Oakland, with aisles of a small selection of newspapers from out of town at the front of the store. Looks like it once had a lot of newspapers, which have now been replaced in the aisles with magazines and paperback books.

Phone: (510) 451-6157


Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

De Lauer Super Newsstand
1310 Broadway/13th St
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 451-6157

KKSF Earth Day Celebration Photo, Oakland, California
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KKSF's Earth Day Celebration is presented by a Bay Area radio station and the city of Oakland; this free concert started at 1pm and ended after 5pm. The plaza was filled with people to enjoy the free concert on a sunny Saturday afternoon on the grass. Many brought portable chairs to be more comfortable than lying directly on the grass.Nearby businesses and restaurants at or near the plaza provide the crowds with food and beverages. The smell of beer was in the air; someone was seeking signatures for another marijuana...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

KKSF Earth Day Celebration
Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, California

City Center

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City Center Photo, Oakland, California
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Oakland City Center is managed by Shorenstein Company. This area has office and retail space for lease in four large buildings, restaurants and shops in the center, where businesses promote their services.

BART Oakland 12th St./City Center, exit 13th St. to City Center.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

City Center
City Center, 13th St / Broadway
Oakland, California 94612

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The California Music Awards is an annual event celebrating emerging artists. The public votes through the website or picks up voting forms at Safeway supermarkets. Many sponsors make this event free to the public. There are food vendors on-site and a spread of Saturn vehicles displayed.

BART Oakland 12th St., exit 13th St.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 6, 2004

California Music Awards (originally The Bammies)
Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Broadway & 14th St
Oakland, California

Oakland Chinatown Streetfest Photo, Oakland, California
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Oakland Chinatown Streetfest occurs the fourth weekend of August. It has performances of traditional and contemporary artists on multiple platform stages with themes on culture, popular, youth, cooking. There are food booths, arts and crafts, and business services. The streets are closed off to car traffic during the 2-day event. Avoid this area if you don't intend to come to this event, as traffic will be congested. It can get pretty crowded, so going early before it gets packed is a good idea.Fourth weekend of August, Sat-Sun 10am-6pmFranklin St. from 7th-11th sts, 8th & 9th sts from Broadway-Harrison St....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2004

Oakland Chinatown Streetfest
9th St / Franklin St
Oakland, California 94607

Jack London Square

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Jack London Square Photo, San Francisco, California
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Jack London Square, located at the beginning of Broadway, is really a beautiful, quiet waterfront development to walk around, to get cash at an ATM, browse, shop at a variety of stores, watch a movie at the cineplex, dine at a fairly large variety of mostly upscale restaurants, take a ferry to San Francisco, or board an Amtrak train to Sacramento or elsewhere. There is public parking.

This place is much more pleasant to walk around than the more popularly Pier 39 in San Francisco, which is more like a zoo. If Jack London Square was more successful, it wouldn't be as nice to walk around in. It's mostly quiet solitude.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 19, 2004

Jack London Square
30 Jack London Square
Oakland, California 94607
+1 510 627 1670

Lake Merritt

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Lake Merritt Photo, Oakland, California
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Lake Merritt is a manmade lake that provides some of the most beautiful views of Oakland, bordered by Lakeside Dr, Bellvue Av, Lakeside Av. People jog, walk, and walk their dogs around the lake. There's Children's...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 20, 2004

Lake Merritt
Lakeside Drive & 17th Street
Oakland, California 94612

Stoneridge Shopping Center Photo, Oakland, California
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Stoneridge Shopping Center, in Pleasonton is a large, tastefully executed shopping mall. There are lots of brand-name stores throughout the multilevel mall, including Nordstrom's, Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears, along with a multitude of dining places. It's very nice inside, clean, well lit, and just a nice overall experience.There's a free gift promotion for visitors and their guests showing their photo ID at the information booth, proving they live 50 or more miles away.Outside, just make sure to note where your vehicle is parked and the entrance into the mall so you can find your vehicle, as there wasn't any lighting in the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2004

Stoneridge Shopping Center
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton 94588
(925) 463-2778

Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Attraction | "Barnes & Noble"

Barnes & Noble Bookstore Photo, Oakland, California
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Barnes & Noble is a large bookstore chain with a location by Jack London Square. There are ATM machines nearby its water fountain. There's also a Barnes & Noble Cafe with some outdoor patio seating for customers to enjoy the scenery with something to eat and/or drink. There are places throughout the store for browsers to find a spot to sit down, relax, and read. It's nicely done, with lots of space between the aisles. The doors facing Broadway and Embarcadero are locked, and entrance and exit are around the building on the side, facing the water fountain and outdoor seating. Sun-Thurs 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pmPhone: (510) 272-...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2004

Barnes & Noble Bookstore
98 Broadway/Embarcadeo W
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 238-8585

Wal-Mart

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Wal-Mart, in San Leandro is a super discount store. I like their prices for flavored carbonated waters and their house-brand diet sodas. I bought some great knives, Tramontina Professional, a few years ago for a decent price when they carried them. They have DVDs available, some under $10. They have some really low prices. But this comes at a cost. The workers aren't paid a decent living wage, so the workers may apply for subsidized income through the state. At the same time, some of the richest people are the Wal-Mart family. If you buy here, then you support this philosophy. The lines can be quite long at times.Phone: (510) 569-0200...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Wal-Mart
1919 Davis St
San Leandro 94577
(510) 569-0200

Costco

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Costco Photo, Oakland, California
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Costco, in San Leandro, is crowded and busy, with fairly decent prices, but not necessarily the lowest. You need to be a member to shop and buy here. You can find just about anything you need for your home, office, and business. There's a one-hour photo, passport photo, an optometrist, a pharmacy, a tire center, a gasoline station, and a food station that offers pizza, hot dogs, sandwiches, and drinks. They offer free food samples at times so you can try and buy if you like it enough. I got hooked on Jimmie's potstickers here by tasting a sample, but then they dropped them because of low sales--never mind that they were superior to Ling Ling potstickers, which they still sell. They're not ne...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Costco
1900 Davis St
San Leandro 94577
(510) 562-5580

Public Market Kimballs East

Attraction | "EmeryBay Public Market"

Public Market Kimballs East Photo,
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EmeryBay Public Market, in Emeryville is a food court of 15 different stalls that serve various foods from around the world for under $10 a plate. Some even offer free samples to entice you to purchase food from them. Items available include Afghan saffron chicken, kuerma (Indian vegetable), Korean BBQ kabobs, salmon crêpes, Philly cheesesteak, Cajun jambalaya, German hofbrau sausages, and mango juice. For dessert, there are sweet crêpes, Italian gelato in a waffle cone, brownies, cookies, and lemon bars. Once you purchase your food, there's open seating inside where you can eat your food. There are a few tables outside if you want to take advantage of the sun and the outdoors....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Public Market Kimballs East
5800 Shellmound St./Powell St.
Oakland, California 94608
(510) 658-2555

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BART is the Bay Area's subway, moving people around in quick, clean, comfortable, air-conditioned cars when it's working properly. When it's rush hour, you may end up standing in a crowded, packed car to your destination. There are system maps in every car to track your progress as you go by the stations. The stations may be underground or overhead, depending on how built-up the area is.It helps relieve traffic on the overly congested streets and freeways. Some stations offer parking. Cost is based on distance. As fuel costs increase, BART is a viable alternative. ...Read More

Oakland Chinatown

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Oakland Chinatown Photo, Oakland, California
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Oakland's Chinatown is roughly bound by 7th and 12th streets, southwest to northeast with Broadway, Franklin, Webster, Harrison, and Alice streets running southeast, and intersecting with the numbered streets. Pacific Renaissance Plaza represents the focal point, with several businesses, including Bank of America, Charles Schwab, several restaurants, Asian Branch Public Library at the street level, residential housing above, and a parking garage for the public below.Pedestrian traffic with automobile traffic was so bad at 8th and Webster streets that the city planners converted the traffic signals so that each signal gives either autos complete right of way or the pedestria...Read More
Pacific Renaissance Plaza Photo, Oakland, California
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Pacific Renaissance Plaza, bounded by Webster, Franklin, and 9th and 10th Streets, represents the focal point of Chinatown, with several restaurants, a police station, a cultural center, health care services, an optometrist, a lawyer's office, financial services (including the Bank of America and Charles Schwab), the Asian Branch Public Library, and shops at the street level (including a nicely designed water fountain), residential housing above, and a parking garage for the public below ground where you pay for parking on the plaza level near the water fountain prior to returning to your vehicle. Restrooms are restricted to residents with a swipe card for access. Pacific Renaissance...Read More
Amtrak - OKJ - Oakland-Jack London Square Photo, Oakland, California
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Amtak OKJ for Oakland Jack London Square station. There's inside seating as you wait for your train, though not on the old wooden benches of yesteryear where people may stretch our and be able to take a nap. This station was built replacing the old station damaged after the 1989 earthquake and relocated to its current location at Jack London Square, which is a more convenient location and away from its older industrial location where the damage was too expensive for them to restore or repair. The replacement...Read More

AC Transit

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AC Transit Photo, Oakland, California
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AC Transit, serving the East Bay since 1960, operates in Alameda-Contra Costa counties: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, San Leandro, and San Pablo; unincorporated areas: Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, El Sobrante, Fairview, Kensington, Irvington, North Richmond, and San Lorenzo; and downtown San Francisco, Foster City, and San Mateo. It replaces previous service from the Key System, buses, horse-drawn rail, electric streetcars, and ferries, though ferry service is still available. Local service is available to Oakland Intern...Read More
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OAK-Oakland International Airport provides its own facilities to other destinations and is considered a secondary airport, along with San Jose, after SFO - San Francisco International Airport. It is indeed secondary compared to SFO. It's considerably smaller in size and traffic, and though it's expanded, still doesn't compared to SFO. That said, I prefer to leave out of OAK for its smaller, easier in-and-out facilities, compared to SFO.It doesn't have a BART connection close-by like SFO, but for public transportation, there's the ...Read More