Oakland Bites: The Burger Query
on March 13, 2009
A burger-loving friend of mine came to town over the weekend, and I struggled for a little while with where to take her. She’s an East Coaster who likes her burgers so rare she asks the waiters to “just walk them through a warm kitchen,” and I wasn’t sure I could find a burger joint in the East Bay that would accommodate her. When I first moved to the East Coast from California, I had to adjust the way I ordered meat at all, since the CA scale errs on the cooked side.
I settled on Barney’s, because it’s a safe bet and has an expansive menu. With a wide spectrum of burger toppings, an expansive salad selection and the addition of sweet potato fries and fried zucchini, it’s an easy pick. She liked it, and we were having a great time tooling around North Oakland anyway, but at the same time, I kind of wish I could take her somewhere that wasn’t a chain, that was a little more Oakland-only.
Are there any hole in the wall burger places that are strictly Oakland? Leave me your suggestions, and I promise to give them a try.
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