Oakland eats

by Eric Chang on September 30, 2009

The Chronicle’s annual Bargain Bites was just released. Look for our local East Bay eateries.

Allow me to plug Taqueria Los Comales, just around the corner from me in the Dimond District. I go there weekly to gorge on their juicy burritos. (The Super burritos come in generous portions, and I’ve yet to muster the discipline of not stuffing myself every time!) It’s a family-n-friends-run joint that’s been there since 1985. You’ll often see a line flowing onto the sidewalk during dinnertime, but it files through the counter rather briskly.

The Dimond’s been building a repertoire of good eats — much of it anchored by Farmer Joe’s. There’s also a Peet’s and La Farine across the street on Fruitvale. Shaan Indian opened earlier this summer. For Chinese, I usually get take-out at Full Moon Seafood House (minced beef fried rice – yeah!); their big portions are good for group outings. And this week, I tried Nama for lunch on my day off; the spicy pork bento was…mmm!

Shortly upon joining the company last year, I got a first taste of Lower Hills dining when our office booked Bellanico for our holiday party (superb food). What a testament to Oakland’s renaissance in the Bay Area food scene.

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