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Lake Merritt has quickly become one of the most popular neighborhoods in Oakland, and the lake itself has become a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. Whether you’re stopping by on your lunch break or spending the day lakeside with your family, you’re going to get hungry on your trip to Lake Merritt. Check out our favorite spots to eat nearby.
Lane-e Kefa Coffee is a popular café serving up high-quality coffee and espresso drinks. Food is also on offer, with most meals priced at under $10 including sandwiches such as the pesto sandwich and the sausage breakfast sandwich. The staff is consistently praised for excellent service, and you can call ahead to place orders for pick-up. The atmosphere is laid-back, featuring eclectic background music and a rotating selection of art on the walls that showcases the work of local artists and photographers. Be sure to check the hours before you stop by – this spot closes by 2pm on most days (1pm on Fridays), and it is closed on the weekend.
Taqueria La Venganza is the place to go for hearty, authentic Mexican food, and it’s another great spot for vegans. This eatery serves up street tacos filled with vegan ingredients such as yuba and soy protein, imitating meats such as carnitas, carne asada, tripa, lengua, and more. Aside from tacos, this spot offers a variety of other menu options, like chiles rellenos, quesadillas, burritos, and tortas. The taqueria keeps odd hours, so be sure to check the current hours before stopping by.
Phnom Penh House is a great spot for Southeast Asian cuisine. The restaurant is family-owned and has been around since 1986, and it now has two locations in Oakland. The menu offers a great variety of options, including appetizers, soups, curry dishes, vegetarian dishes, beef, pork, chicken, and seafood dishes, fried rice and noodles, and desserts. Enjoy a homey atmosphere where you’ll be served by a warm and helpful staff. The hours are flexible, with the restaurant open fairly late most nights, but it is closed on Sundays.