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Meal Ticket

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1235 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706-2217
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Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Lunch in a Surprising Location

Our Honda service person recommended this restaurant while our car was being repaired. It happened to be closed on that Tuesday, but we stopped by a few weeks later for a late lunch. The patio was pleasant, the servers were friendly, and the food was fabulous. The po'boy is really an open faced... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
Berkeley, California
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Richmond, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Meal Ticket is a great place to go on weekends for a tasty meal that will fuel you for what you need to do. The salmon filet and eggs is my go-to breakfast, and I find myself craving it long before the weekend comes. I always recommend this to out-of-towners because the wait is never too too long and the... More 

Thank damebuksen
Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Our Honda service person recommended this restaurant while our car was being repaired. It happened to be closed on that Tuesday, but we stopped by a few weeks later for a late lunch. The patio was pleasant, the servers were friendly, and the food was fabulous. The po'boy is really an open faced fried oyster sandwich, but it was spectacular,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Had a great breakfast the other day. Pork curry with scrambled eggs and salsa with tortillas. Friends had pancakes and a salad. Really enjoyed it. Quiet inside once you get in. Service is by ordering at the counter and taking a number for your table and the food is delivered. Coffee etc., on a table agains the wall. Clearly would... More 

Thank longfellowplace
Northern California
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

When the weather's good, the back outside area is the best. Order inside and take a number. The husband does the cooking while the wife takes the orders. She can be cranky on the weekends because it gets very busy - goes from small local restaurant to overrun with crowds. But the dishes are great. Maybe time to expand.

Thank lizross
Albany, California, United States
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I am so lucky to live near Meal Ticket. The oyster po' boy is to die for - a crusty hunk of bread, pile of succulent fried oysters, and some perfect slaw. Also their scrambles and hearty lunches are delicious too. Warm vibe inside and out on the lovely back patio. Never too crowded. The only bummer is sometimes they... More 

Thank Sharon K
DeLeon Springs, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My sister took me to Meal Ticket while I'm visiting and I'm intrigued of their specials they serve each day. I had a egg scramble with salmon, goat cheese and chives with a baguette with homemade strawberry jam and homefries and that is really the most delicious breakfast ever! I'm coming down there again for homestyle cooking in California!

Thank RHarrell_5678
Albany, California
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This place is a little different. It is only open for breakfast and lunch. You order and pay for your food and then it is brought to your table. I usually go for lunch and often have one of the specials. I like the self-serve coffee. I like the salmon and the oyster po' boy if I am feeling reckless.

Thank cchang2010
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75 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Nice informal mom and pop place with a gourmet edge. My fresh salmon burger was wonderfully seasoned, well cooked, and accompanied by tasty potato salad and a few greens, tomatoes and onions. The toasted bun maintained its firm texture, didn't get all gloppy. One member of our party got some pulled pork cooked in coconut milk and spices along with... More 

Thank MarylandMreed
Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Food we ordered: corned beef hash & baguette with eggs/ham were ok. Service was friendly and fast. Cost was appropriate. Place is clean and not too crowded for a Sunday morning. Will we go back? Maybe. It was on my list of must-try-when-in-bay-area courtesy of triple-D so it's marked as been-there. Didn't make it to 'must come back' list.

Thank srv2sd
Berkeley, California
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Cash only so don't forget to stop at the ATM on the way. Owned and run by a couple (He cooks and she seems to do everything else). One can count on a lovely meal, nicely prepared and in a friendly, eclectic atmosphere.

Thank WarwickMay

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1235 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706-2217
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: 510-526-6325

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?