Grocery Cafe Best Of Winner

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-7 p.m.

Price: $

Restaurant Details

At this Burmese restaurant tucked away on a quiet residential street at the edge of Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood, lunch feels more like a church basement potluck than it does a sit-down restaurant meal. You sit on a church pew or a folding chair, amid the mismatched tables and the hodgepodge of Sixties and Seventies album covers that adorn the walls. Still, in a city where unexpected deliciousness abounds, the restaurant is worth the extra effort you might have to put in to seek it out. The concise menu features homey flavors and astoundingly low prices. Their version of the classic tea leaf salad — a colorful and pungent mixture of fermented tea leaves and aromatic, crunchy things — is probably the most potent in town. Other highlights include the nan gyi thoke, a street-food-style noodle salad, and a couple of chowdery noodle soups that fall squarely in the comfort food category.

Luke Tsai

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Price: $

Payment Type: Cash, all major credit cards

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