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The Secrets of Eating Around Oakland's Lakeshore

Tim Nugent and Jen Biesty, chef-owners of Shakewell, pick their favorite spots to eat.

Escargot at Michel Bistro


The Experts: Tim Nugent and Jen Biesty, chef-owners of Shakewell

The Picks:

“The Easy Lounge is a great little bar. It looks like a dive on the outside, but they make some pretty decent cocktails. And the little French bartender is adorable.” —Biesty
3255 Lakeshore Ave. (near Rand Ave.), 510-338-4911

“We both love Michel Bistro—it’s a fun, affordable French bistro with a nice owner. You can get the basics, like moules frites and escargots, and they’ll fill you up on bread and cheese and chicken liver mousse.” —Nugent
3343 Lakeshore Ave. (near Mandana Blvd.), 510-836-8737

“At brunch, Grand Lake Kitchen serves this pastrami Benedict on rye that’s really good. I also love their egg sandwich, which has fried chicken skin on it.“ —Biesty
576 Grand Ave. (at El Embarcadero), 510-922-9582


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