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Neighbavore: Lake Merritt

A hyperlocal guide to eating around the Oakland neighborhood. 

Chicken at Penrose

Chicken at Penrose 

 

The expert: Dominica Rice-Cisneros, chef-owner of Cosecha

The picks:
The Growlers’ Arms
“It has this amazing rabbit sausage and sourdough bread and braised kale. Most gastropubs are too heavy for me, but the food here is both hearty and light.”
4214 Park Blvd. (Near Glenfield Ave.), Oakland, 510-328-1315

Penrose
“My staff and I have gone here for our staff party two years in a row. They treat us like family. The cocktails are fantastic, and so is the food—flatbread and grilled pork roast with apples.”
3311 Grand Ave. (Near Elmwood Ave.), Oakland, 510-444-1649

TrueBurger
“My daughter loves coming here, so it’s a family favorite. I love the black bean–and– chili cheese fries and the classic cheeseburger. My daughter is all about the milkshakes.”
146 Grand Ave. (At Valdez St.), Oakland, 510-208-5678

Camino
“I’m addicted to Camino’s book-launch parties. They’ll do a whole dinner inspired by a book, using local ingredients. It’s a prix fixe menu, so everything’s
included—very relaxing.”
3917 Grand Ave. (Near Sunnyslope Ave.), Oakland, 510-547-5035

Originally published in the May issue of San Francisco

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