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Chinese Roast Duck in San Leandro

Nina | Feb 17, 200812:38 PM

I love roast duck. If the day ever comes when I turn up my nose at a plate of roast duck, or worse, ask for the crispy skin and delicious fat to be taken off, you'll know my end is near. So I was happy to find that even in the wilds of San Leandro, there's a nice take-out option. Best BBQ is located in a faded mall called the Greenhouse at the corner of Lewelling and Washington just off 880, between a Safeway and a Longs. It's primarily a takeout place with zero ambience. There are a few tables for those who must dine there, and I imagine it does good business during weekday lunches, but when I visited, the only person sitting down was an older gentleman drinking tea, who would shortly be called upon by the counter lady to get back to work and chop up my duck. There's a large selection of fairly standard steam-table Chinese food; I got some fried noodles and some roast pork with tofu which were both quite good, but mostly I was there for the duck. It's a little pricier than some -- $7.95 for a half and $13.95 for a whole duck, either roast or Peking-style. But mine was delicious and perfectly done, with strong star anise flavor, not too much added sweetness. It is not better, and probably not quite as good, as the better places in Oakland or San Francisco Chinatown or the Richmond or Sunset; but it's great for the neighborhood. They also have a fridge full of takeout pork buns, chicken feet, and such, and while I was there someone came in to discuss a huge catering order including a whole roast pig.

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