Top dining spots in the UCOP neighborhood
From Chinatown to Uptown, the sheer number of dining places around UCOP’s offices is overwhelming. Whether you’re new to UCOP or a veteran who just wants to get out of your regular rut, we’ve gathered some of our favorite places for lunch.
Café Gabriela: Best pulled pork sandwich and caprese salad, good people, great manifesto (988 Broadway)
Fountain Café: Outstanding salad bar (City Center)
Taylor’s Sausage: From spicy boudin to hot beef links to andouille sausage (907 Washington St.)
Ratto’s International Market and Deli: Too-big sandwiches and shopping for fancy foodstuffs while you wait. Go on a Friday, when Old Oakland Farmer’s Market is in full swing (821 Washington St.)
Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana: Authentic Mexican for a special lunch or after-work cocktail (468 Eighth St.)
Tribune Tavern: Comfort food served in the former Oakland Tribune newsroom (401 13th St.)
Biryani Kabab: Tandoori, tikka, samosas and more (377 13th St.)
Shan Dong: Known for noodles and dumplings (328 10th St.)
Tao Yuen: Cheap and delicious (816 Franklin St.)
Napoleon Bakery: Egg tarts, BBQ pork buns, pineapple buns and more. Bring cash. (810 Franklin St.)
Gourmet Delight Seafood: A dim sum feast for less than $10 per person (701 Webster)
New Gold Medal: The best won ton soup — little nuggets of meat and shrimp in a flavorful broth (389 Eighth St.)
Wonder Food Bakery: A variety of fresh baked goods; try the pineapple buns or pork buns. Bring cash. (340 Ninth St)
Cam Huong Deli: Great for cheap take-out lunch combos or bahn mi. Bring cash. (920 Webster St.)
Hawker Fare: Thai with a twist (2300 Webster St.)
TrueBurger: House-ground meat and a really good vegetarian burger (a fried portabello stuffed with smoked mozzarella), great fries and interesting shakes (146 Grand Ave.)
Uptown Café & Crepes: Lots of veggies as salads or crepes (410 21st St.)
Cathedral Café: The 3-salad option is tasty, fast and reasonably healthy. A bonus: The grassy area adjacent to the café and cathedral is an oasis for decompression, too. (2121 Harrison St.)
Take advantage of the free Broadway shuttle, which runs from Jack London Square to Grand Avenue. Just look for a sign with the green “B on Broadway” logo. Buses run every 10 minutes during lunchtime, every 15 minutes at other times. See http://www.meetdowntownoak.com/shuttle.php for details.
What’s your favorite dining spot near the office? Leave a comment below to share your go-to spots.
Link thanks the following colleagues for their contributions to this list: Shawn Brick, Nina Costales, Katherine Edwards, Leland Espinosa, Blaze Farrar, Alec Rosenberg,Paul Schwartz, Katherine Tam, Liz Tamayo, Anne Wolf and Han Mi Yoon-Wu.