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Café Q

Local family launches bistro featuring fresh and healthy fare.

Owners: Thu-Huong Nguyen, Hanh Nguyen and Minh Nguyen

Opening Day: Jan. 18, 2012

What type of food do you serve? We call it New American. It’s wholesome, American fare.

We emphasize local produce and natural ingredients. Our produce comes from . The bread is from . We get our baked goods from . And we roast our own meats and our roasted chicken has been very well received. Our soups are made from scratch with homemade stock. We also have different pasta specials every day.

For drinks, we offer sodas that are sweetened with sugar cane. We have coffee, brewed to order, from Roast Coffee Co. Once we get our liquor license, we will offer wines.

The location is so close to Alameda High. Are you gearing your menu toward the student market? Yes, but they are not the only ones we want to serve. There are a lot of working adults located nearby, too. We have sandwiches, soup, fruit, fresh salads, drinks and snacks ready to go.

While we don’t have a student special planned, the price range for our grab-and-go items is under $4. We are also aware that when you have a family of five, like we do, eating out can get very expensive so most of our sit-down menu entrees cost under $10.

Why did you name your restaurant Café Q? Because of our quest for Quality in food and drink. We’ve lived in Alameda for 36 years and said that if we ever opened a restaurant it would have the kind of food we used to have to drive off the Island to eat.

Cafe Q is located at 2302 Encinal Avenue. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

MINH D. NGUYEN January 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Cross street is Oak, between Oak and Park St.
Serge Wilson January 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
This place is a solid addition to the Alameda food scene. Thanks to the Nguyen family for serving tasty, quality food, using local vendors, and providing an attractive dining venue. Good luck, we'll be back!
Tracy Zollinger January 21, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Great place! Congrats Minh and family!!
carol wong January 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM
The ratatouille sandwich was delicious. Thanks for offering delicious vegetarian meals. Can't wait to try the Caprese next. Yummm...
MINH D. NGUYEN January 28, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Cafe Q just picked up freshly laid organic eggs from our LOCAL Farm in Alameda to feature this weekend Breakfast. I know... FARM? In Alameda???

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