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LAUREL DISTRICT

MacArthur Boulevard from 35th Avenue to High Street.

 

About 6 blocks from Humboldt Gardens, the Laurel District is a delightful area with a number of interesting shops and restaurants and a festival and street faire in August. There is a produce market, hardware store, supermarket, African import shop, and more.

The Laurel District website is at http://www.laureldistrictassociation.org

 

 

There is Little Joe’s (a smaller branch of Farmer Joe’s) with fresh produce, dried fruits and nuts and bulk grains.

 

 

 

The restaurants and cafes include:

 

World Grounds coffee shop with excellent coffee, sandwiches, pastries and internet.

 

Phnom Penh, Cambodian Restaurant.  Nice atmosphere and good food.

 

Full House Café: Before I say anything more I better tell you that The Full House Café is good.  It doesn’t look like much on the outside and it doesn’t look like much on the inside, at least at first glance.  It is a bit run down with duct tape patching one of the naugahyde seats in the booths.  On closer examination it has some funny and eccentric pictures on the walls.  It looks like some hippies took over an abandoned 1950s diner.  However, when my vegetarian sandwich arrived I discovered that it was delicious, really special.  I also had half of a smoked chicken sandwich with chicken they smoke themselves.  Afterwards I looked them up on Yelp and saw that they had 84 reviews with a high 4 out of 5 average rating (http://www.yelp.com/biz/full-house-cafe-oakland).  It was good enough that I will definitely go there again.  I’m especially interested to try the breakfast which got lots of high praise in the reviews.

 

There are a bunch more but I haven’t tried them yet.  There are several Chinese restaurants and some American cafes.  I ignore fast food so I don’t know if there are any of them.

This is the old Laurel Theatre which is now a church.