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Best Deals on Breakfast at 3 a.m. While Playing Cards 

The Oaks Corner

Perhaps the East Bay's closest thing to an East Coast diner or greasy spoon is the Emeryville institution the Oaks Corner, which is attached to the Oaks Card Club. Named after the former Oakland Oaks minor-league Pacific Coast baseball team and located on the actual site of the Oaks Park baseball stadium, at the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Park Street, the Oaks has been serving players and diners for more than fifty years. It's a sports bar, hofbrau, Asian restaurant, and 24-hour diner, all wrapped into one faux-panelled, tacky-green-carpeted, Fifties-style people-watching paradise. The real deal special is for the hungry players and high rollers next door in the sunken, somewhat seedy card room. Players seated at the tables can receive a 25 percent discount while playing poker. High rollers (if you have to ask, you're not one) get a whopping 50 percent off any menu item while gambling. Your basic bacon and eggs with a choice of hash browns, steamed rice, or grits and toast goes for an already low $4.75. Nonplaying customers can signal one of the roving waitresses in green vests and ask for the late-night menu after midnight.

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