I went to Carrara's Cafe (Broadway at 27th Street in Oakland)largely because I had heard that it's located in a car dealership and I was having lunch with a friend who is crazy about cars. Much to my surprise, it was a terrific restaurant! I have been back twice since, and liked it more each time.
The space is carved out from a Jeep, etc. dealership, but the cars are blocked off by large trees and totally invisible while you're eating. It is a large, extremely high-ceilinged room with beautiful detailing and an old tile floor. (Think of the old-fashioned car palaces on Van Ness in San Francisco.) The large showroom windows flood it with light.
The menu changes daily - soups, salads, sandwiches and some interesting entrees (including a spectacular frittata.) The fries are thin and crisp and dusted with celery salt (which tastes better than it sounds.) There is a wonderful Meyer lemon curd dessert, and Scharffen Berger chocolate milk shakes. The most expensive entree (at lunch) was about $12, but most things were around $10 or less.
Unfortunately, it's only open for dinner on Fridays, but if you're ever in (or even near) Oakland at lunch time, it's definitely worth the trip.
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