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Happy hour at D & A, Oakland Chinatown

anli | Feb 27, 200511:11 AM

We originally wanted to try Gourmet Delight for an early dinner (before 5 pm), but they weren't yet open, so went across the street to D & A Cafe. The place was packed due to their 3 to 6 pm happy hour where certain dishes are $2 and drinks are $1. We were lucky enough to get the last booth for 2. I saw lots of folks ordering the watermelon drink, so I tried it too. Given the time of year, it was not surprising that it was mild and not too sweet, but for $1 it was refreshing.

The $2 choices are pretty basic, a few fried items, several curry dishes either with rice or macaroni/spaghetti, a few vegetables, five spice beef, etc. There is nothing fancy about this place, but to their credit there is little trace of msg in the food and it comes out fast and substantial. Off the $2 menu, we tried the fried calamari (a big plate that usually costs $8 or $9 elsewhere) which was tender and nicely fried; fried chicken wings, 6 or 7 to an order; and Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce, which were the tender, young stems simply blanched. We also tried the yang chow fried rice and the pork chop plate meal which is another great deal - 3 thin cut pork chops with any kind of gravy you want (onions, black pepper, tomato sauce), 2 big scoops of rice and vegetables on the side for $6. Total bill was $25, and once again we had leftovers.

This is the place for seniors or students, of which we saw many. You can't linger as the folks in the doorway are glaring at you to finish up. This is not a destination place, but if you are in the area and hungry on a late afternoon, it's not a bad choice.

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