Just a note for next year for anyone who has to make a desparate last minute pit stop.
Safeway seemed open all day. When I returned home at about 6 pm, the Safeway near me was still open.
Whole Foods, Andronico's and Lucky were open in the morning.
CVS and Walgreens were open all day.
I was based in the East Bay this year. Every African restuarant and market on Telegraph was open.
Neldham's was open in the morning. Bakesale Betty was open in the morning. I got the feeling it may have been a pick-up only situtation, but not sure. A new produce market across the street next to the pawn shop was open.
Almost every Chinese restaurant on San Pablo was open though from the lack of cars I saw in the parking lots, they may as well be closed. About 90 % of the restaurants and markets were open in Oakland's Chinatown. The bonus was that it wasn't overly packed and parking places were relatively easy to snag.
Lots of coffee shops were open ... mainly of the Starbucks and Peet's variety. Crepevine was open
Many fast food joints of the KFC, IHOP, Denny's, Carrow's and Jack in the Box type were open. McDonald's closed at 3pm. Scoff if you will, but there were years where circumstances had me in need of any type of food on Thanksgiving or Christmas and sometimes even these close.
Two restuarants I didn't have on my massive Thanksgiving list were open and serving holiday meals. The restaurant at the Lake Merrit Hotel had a Thanksgiving dinner sign. The dining room overlooks the lake so that might have been nice. Bacheeso's had a sign up for a Thanksgiving buffet and was packed when we drove by
Oh yeah, of all places, Tomm's BBQ was open. Yet once again I was in a situtation where I couldn't stop. I was so stuffed from brunch even the thought of food or takeout wasn't possible.