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The Citizen

    ‘Loring Cafe: Oakland’s Hidden Treasure’

    Grab a quick bite or stay a while at little known W. Grand café

    Loring Café

    It takes nothing short of a perfect storm to stumble upon the Loring Café. Despite being a stone’s throw from the wildly frequented Farley’s Café (on Grand Ave., off Broadway) this Oakland gem is probably news to you, which leads me to believe that the only viable explanation is that it’s charmed.

    Sure, when you look through the window from outside, it looks like the kind of place that would break the bank. But I assure you, despite it’s fancy décor and sophisticated demeanor, it’s absolutely unpretentious. In fact, I’d say you get the bang for the buck.

    With the most comfortable armchairs, perfect lighting, and high ceilings, it’s as though they encourage you to linger that extra hour or two. Did I mention that they have wifi? It just confounds
    me why it’s not filled to the brim.

    Loring Café

    My favorite time to go is in the mid-afternoon, during their happy hour, which runs 3–6 p.m.; not so much for the drinking, but for camping out under a nice desk lamp and getting work done. The
    house white and red runs at $5; beer at $3; and food plates at $6. If you do go for a drink, I’d recommend the “Bartender’s Creations” at $7.

    Loring Café

    Despite the eclectic menu, which includes Mussels “steamed with peppers, onion, jalapeno and bourbon cream,” I usually stick to the 3 for $12 deal of vegetables dishes; the mini kale salad, the roasted cauliflower, and the asparagus in lemon butter.

    “I think it’s a treasure,” said Loring Café guest, Judy Harrison. “I love the décor, the food, and the prices.”

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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