What You Told Us: Where You Eat at Lunch

Reader Poll: When lunchtime rolls around each day, do you head for the breakroom fridge for your sack lunch or do you hit an eatery next to the office? And, if you go out, what’s your latest favorite lunch spot?

By Conduit Staff

These days getting lunch always seems to be a bit of a pain in the you-know-what. Most of our readers pack their lunches and eat at their desks or in the company break room. It’s not very exciting, but at least it gets you back to your desk fast.

But for those with a little more leisurely schedule and who are brave enough to venture out into the bright midday sun, the East Bay and, amd more specifically, Oakland, offers a wide array of great lunch spots.

Right up at the top of the list is of course Bakesale Betty’s famous fried chicken sandwich. Get the sandwich to go and grab a fresh oatmeal cookie for later. These sandwiches are so good you may actually get a little misty-eyed. The bakery is at 5098 Telegraph Ave.

One of our readers’ new favorite’s is Bar Cesar at 4037 Piedmont Ave. which features an inspired American, Spanish and Mexican menu. Watch out for those noontime cocktails—you’ll want to take a nap instead of heading back to the office.

If you’re into great Vietnamese cuisine, Tu Tai at 2141 MacArthur Blvd. is your next best bet. The pho is crazy good. Yum.

According to another respondent, Trueburger at 146 Grand Ave. is where to go if you’re looking for a great cheeseburger to sink your teeth into. Their hand-spun milkshakes aren’t bad, either.

While the downtown area has an abundance of great delis and sandwich shops, our readers indicate that one of the best is The Lunch Box at 1720 Franklin St. The eatery offers a variety of great wraps, salads and sandwiches.

Finally, one reader said that in order to have a great, peaceful lunch experience, avail yourself of the venerable Oakland Museum of California at 1000 Oak Street. There you can enjoy some of the best California-centric paintings, photographs and art objects amassed anywhere. The museum’s cafe serves up a tasty daily variety of sandwiches, soups and salads. How you explain your likely three-hour lunch to your boss is, of course, up to you.