Best Lunch in the East Bay

Whether you’re after a grab-and-go sandwich or a more formal sit-down affair, you can find it in the East Bay in spades. Oakland alone consistently ranks as one of the most ethnically diverse major cities in the country — in fact, a 2019 analysis by WalletHub showed that Oakland was thee most ethnoracially diverse city in the United States. In short, if you’re an adventurous eater, this is the place for you. These are our East Bay Best Lunch winners for 2022, selected by our editors – look for our readers’ choice winner, selected by our audience.

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Banh Mi Ba Le

Authentic and perfectly crispy banh mi sandwiches is what you’ll find at Banh Mi Ba Le. Along with other Vietnamese specialties like spring rolls, iced coffee, Thai tea, avocado smoothies, and more. Their banh mi’s are packed to the brim with ingredients and flavor and neatly wrapped in a fresh, crunchy roll. Pro tip: skip the line and order ahead, and pay in cash to avoid their credit card fee. Hours Tuesday-Sunday 7:30am to 5:30pm. banh-mi-ba-le.cafe-inspector.com

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Cholita Linda

4923 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

510.679.2423

Other Locations: Old Oakland Farmers’ Market, Temescal Farmers’ Market, Alameda, & Jack London Square Farmers’ Market

Come for the fish tacos, stay for the yucca fries. Latin-American comfort food is Cholita Linda’s specialty. What you can expect: friendly service, good-sized portions, and decently-priced bay area food. We recommend ordering ahead online so you can enjoy your food even quicker. Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11:00am to 9:15pm Friday-Sunday 11:00am to 9:30pm. cholitalinda.com

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Top Hatter’s

855 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro

510.777.9777

Asian fusion set in a welcoming atmosphere, you just might forget you’re in San Leandro. Their eclectic menu is bound to please everyone in your party. We recommend eating family style so you can experience more flavor and dishes you might not order for yourself like the oxtail and grits and savory donuts. Hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday 12:00pm to 2:30pm, 4:45pm to 8:30pm Friday and Saturday 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 4:45pm to 9:00pm. tophatterskitchen.com

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World Famous Hotboys

An equally delicious as aesthetically pleasing fried chicken sandwich is what you’ll find at World Famous Hotboys. Yelp reviewers unanimously have rated it as the “best chicken sandwich” in the Bay. If you enjoy a nice kick, we recommend the medium-spice chicken sandwich with crinkle-cut fries, and don’t forget the ranch sauce! Hours are every day 11:00am to 8:00pm. worldfamoushotboys.com

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