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January 17, 2019

Good eats

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Did you know that January is the month that folks go out to eat the least?

That’s why the City of Alameda is launching its annual Restaurant Week today.  The program runs for the next week or so and features a lot of popular Alameda joints.

From the website:

Here’s how it works! January is often a slow month for local restaurants. From January 17-27, you can support Alameda’s dining scene by visiting participating restaurants, who will be offering prix fixe menus and specials. New this year is a raffle. Pick up a raffle card at any participating restaurant and get your card stamped at every participating restaurant you visit. When your card is fully stamped, turn in your card to any participating restaurant to be entered to win over $1,300 in Alameda restaurant gift cards.

Unfortunately the restaurant week website doesn’t list the particular prix fixe menu or the specials so I guess it will be a surprise when you go to the restaurant.  Although I did just learn that there is a Lao restaurant at Alameda Point that’s only open on Friday evenings.

Also Baby Cafe off Park Street is labelled as a Taiwanese restaurant when they clearly market themselves as a Hong Kong style restaurant.

Anyway, can anyone report back as to how many stamps you need on your card to be entered into the raffle?


  1. Most restaurants have pre fixe menus or specials posted – scroll down and you can open info about each restaurant here:

    To complete your raffle card you need 10 stamps, but this is not 10 fine dining trips. You might pop in to Julie’s for breakfast and coffee, then grab poke for lunch, drinks at Town Tavern before dinner at Asena, and end the night with ice cream at Tucker’s — and you have 5 stamps! Or breakfast at Cafe Jolie, lunch at Curry Up Now, ice cream cookie sandwich at Cookiebar, and dinner at Extreme Pizza – 4 stamps 🙂

    Comment by Sarah — January 17, 2019 @ 9:20 am

    • Sarah – Even the “low budget” option you list is beyond our means. It is still a lot of eating out and expense for those of us who can only afford to eat out 1-2 times a week due to fixed incomes and tight budgets. It would be nice if promotions like this were a bit more inclusive and not just aimed towards the richest Alamedans.

      Besides, our favorite places are not even participating. This tells me that either: a) the participation (entry fee) cost for restaurants is high, or b) the outreach effort fell short by not making sure to include all Alameda restaurants.

      Comment by Jon Spangler — January 20, 2019 @ 8:42 am

      • I agree Jon and really appreciate the feedback. We tried something new with the raffle this year, and while it is too late to change it now, we can change it next year and have the card complete with half the number of stamps. I think most people are participating in Restaurant Week without the raffle, just by visiting some of the participating restaurants. It all helps!

        I’m sorry your favorite places are not participating. There is no entry fee and the City and our business associations did extensive outreach. The only requirement is that the restaurant has to offer a special deal or special menu. It might help if you encouraged your favorite spots to participate. If they hear from their best customers that you are interested, that might increase their interest. The reason the City took on Restaurant Week as a project is to help local businesses, so the more that participate, the better.

        Comment by Sarah — January 20, 2019 @ 11:10 am

  2. From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, people are prone to overeat for the holidays. The most popular New Year’s Resolution is to Lose Weight. That’s probably why people stop going out to restaurants in January.
    Holding Restaurant Week now seems ill-considered, but good luck with it anyway.

    Comment by vigi — January 17, 2019 @ 9:38 am

    • Holding a promotion to help offset sagging attendance is ill-considered? It’s literally explained in the first two sentences.

      Comment by Jason B — January 17, 2019 @ 10:09 am

  3. Vigi would oppose ice cream if given the chance.

    Comment by Angela — January 17, 2019 @ 10:22 am

    • Don’t mind Carol. The only thing she doesn’t oppose is trespassing on government property!

      Comment by Rod — January 17, 2019 @ 11:34 am

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