Lines Forming for West End Businesses

Original Art by Colin Close &nbsp&nbsp Webster Street is the new Mecca for take-out food.

Lines Forming for West End Businesses

The Alameda Sun’s West End correspondent here, sharing the latest and greatest ways to eat on the West End. It’s a veritable smorgasbord-in-place in the Webster Street district.

Outside Pho’ and Baquette, hungry Alamedans waited in line, practicing 6-foot social distancing. This Vietnamese restaurant features both take out and delivery via Postmates. They serve inexpensive banh mi sandwiches, and some of the best garlic noodles on the West End.

Next I scouted out Domenico’s Italian Deli, the old-school sandwich shop founded in 1982. This place had a long line out the door — much like they did in the pre-COVID days. So call ahead! To go only. Smoked turkey and swiss on wheat is my favorite. I heard publisher Eric J. Kos swears by the roast turkey with cranberry sandwich. They’ve got something for everyone!

After adjusting my irritating, but required-by-law facemask, I popped by Calafia Taqueria, Alameda’s Baja-Ensenada-style restaurant. Very good COVID-19 signage, and an even better vegetarian breakfast burrito. Don’t forget the legendary salsa bar made fresh daily.

So if you can, please patronize these local, independent restaurants. They need your support now more than ever.

Contact Information

  • Pho’ and Baquette, 660 Central Ave., Ste. C (Across from Pagano’s Hardware Store,) (510) 263-8568.
  • Domenico’s Italian Deli, 1407 Webster St., (510) 865-5558, Closed Sundays.
  • Calafia Taqueria, 1445 Webster St., (510) 522-2996.

Hours may vary, I recommend calling ahead or checking online.