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At Last, Pal’s Take Away Returns to Uptown Oakland

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Clockwise from top: Early Girl tomato and sprouting broccoli, Oil-poached albacore tuna, Butchered rotisserie chicken, and Kobe roast beef.



To love Jeff Mason’s sandwiches is to accept their impermanence: Since he debuted Pal’s Take Away in a Mission convenience store in 2009, Mason has moved the location of his cult sandwich shop no less than three times. “It’s kind of a gypsy caravan looking for a home,” he admits with a laugh.

Beginning this month, Pal’s acolytes have a new house of worship: Mason will be selling his endlessly inventive sandwiches at the café of Forage Kitchen, Uptown Oakland’s new kitchen incubator. Eventually, Mason says, he wants to open a storefront somewhere in Berkeley or Oakland. “I ain’t getting any younger,” he says of the motivation to plant his own flag. “That’s my main line I use for financial backers.” 478 25th St. (near Telegraph Ave.), Oakland


Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco 

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