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Neighbavore: Grand Lake, Oakland

Carolyn Alburger | October 24, 2013 | Story Restaurants

The expert: Chris Pastena, Oakland resident and chef-owner of Lungomare, Chop Bar and Tribune Tavern.

Grand Lake Kitchen: "I usually get the chilaquiles with red salsa and an egg on top. Sometimes I take home a bag of Chunky Pig bacon popcorn, which they sell on a little retail rack up front." 576 Grand Ave. (at El Embarcadero), 510-922-9582

Heart and Dagger: "A dive bar that feels like a tattoo parlor. There’s a hodgepodge of windshielded picnic tables on the outdoor patio. I get Linden Street’s common lager and a Fernet." 504 Lake Park Ave. (at Lakeshore Ave.), 510-444-7300

Grand Tavern: "You can go here for a really good, un-fancy burger. It’s cooked to temperature and served on an Acme roll. When I’m there with friends, we also get the Social Skin Fries, these really delicious potato chips that are made in-house." 3601 Grand Ave. (near Mandana Blvd.), 510-444-4644


Originally published in the November issue of San Francisco

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