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1. Perdition Smokehouse2050 University Ave, Berkeley
2. Westbrae Biergarten1280 Gilman St, Berkeley
3. Belly1901 San Pablo Ave, Oakland
4. Captain & Corset2212 Broadway, Oakland
5. Shakewell3407 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland
6. The Half Orange3340 E 12th, Suite 11, Oakland
7. Galeto Grill1019 Clay St, Oakland
8. Handlebar984 University Ave, Berkeley
9. Townie1799 University Ave, Berkeley
10. Drexl382 19th St, Oakland
Run by the team behind Mikkeller Bar, this epic, back patio-equipped BBQ and beer joint in Berkeley doles out a variety of 'cue (black angus brisket, Duroc pork shoulder, and roasted serrano pepper hot links), and a Mikkeller beer-chooser has curated a list of 40+ approachable American brews on draft, including Clown Shoes, North Peak, and a selection of Cervecería de MateVeza brewed just for them.
With a ton of outdoor seating and TVs, you can watch Cal lose by 50 while downing a stein from one of eight local brews (mostly German styles). Oh, and the food: chorizo or tri-tip from the permanent anchor kitchen from Brazil Cafe, along with guest food truck stopper-by-ers.
From a couple with Nobu experience in San Diego comes this cozy, 25-seat restaurant dedicated to a San Diego staple that's not easy to find in the Bay: fusion tacos. Handhelds include spicy honey-roasted pork belly, sesame slaw, and pickled cucumbers, or the namesake "Belly" with house-marinated steak, rice, Korean slaw, and kimchi aioli.
Though not as much of a nautical burlesque club as you might hope, Captain & Corset still has plenty of things you want to be a part of -- try coffee-braised lamb tacos or a spicy bacon and trofie mushroom pasta.
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, but you don't want to go to a rustic pub. (Sorry, Cheers.) Cue: Shakewell, a bright and buzzy bistro in Oakland's Lakeshore neighborhood where the service is always neighborly, and the craft cocktails and tapas are always top-notch. Inside the Moorish space with wood and stone accents, you'll be treated to plates that blend Spanish and Mediterranean flavors, such as falafel with mint and Spanish chorizo, braised pork with roasted squash, and dry-aged bistro steak with salsa verde. The wood-fired oven in the back turns the heat up, as do killer drinks like The Fairlane with habanero-infused tequila, lime, coconut creme, and cucumber.
This Fruitvale neighborhood hang is one of the most lauded burger and new-American cuisine spots across the Bay.
This Brazilian steakhouse is of the best meat-grilleries in Oakland, and one of the most sure-fire ways to make sure you eat an exceptional meal across the Bay.
From the guy who created the Fivetenburger truck comes this non-handle bar that lets people enjoy a cocktail or beer, along with some of his popular burgers.
Townie is a 75-seater with 16 local beers on tap, simple cocktails, and food from a chef with experience at State Bird and Gather... which means really awesome food to go with those killer drinks.