Ask the Critic: Where Should I Lunch After a Trip to OAK?
|Octopus tostada from Mariscos La Costa, just a few miles north of OAK.|
A further Twitter exchange indicated that @aynsavoy's mother is pescatarian, and if I remember correctly, many of the antojitos can be ordered with huitlacoche and corn or squash blossoms.
On a day like today, though, I might pass up El Huarache Azteca in favor of the nearby Mariscos La Costa (3625 International Blvd., at 37th St.) for ceviche tostadas and seafood cocteles. I've been coming here since it was a tiny truck with a stainless-steel rail that we would stand over, slurping coctel from plastic bowls, and the shrimp and octopus are as fresh and sweet as ever.
Now, if your mother doesn't want Mexican food...
The restaurant closest to the airport that I would recommend is Angel Fish Japanese Cuisine (883 C-2 Island Drive, Alameda) in the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center ― in fact, you don't even need to get on the highway to cross over to the island. When I was reviewing restaurants for the East Bay Express, this was my favorite sushi place, year after year.
One last recommendation, for scenery alone: Quinn's Lighthouse (1951 Embarcadero E., Oakland), not far from the 16th Street exit of 880, has decent pub food and a second-floor deck overlooking the Oakland Marina.
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