Oddly named sandwiches and beers by the lake

Published On 11/21/2012 Published On 11/21/2012

The Deal: Situated across from the only Bay Area body of water Keanu Reeves would consider putting a house with a mysterious time-traveling mailbox near, Grand Lake Kitchen is a rather... grandly named deli-cum-booze house from a former Park Tavern sous chef and an ex Delfina GM. The Food: Stop wondering what's in the creatively named BABA-Go-Llama (or keep wondering, it's actually totally up to you!), and go for a create-your-own or the mouthwateringness that is the Cheddar Bratwurst from 4505 Meats with scratch coleslaw and pickled red onion. The Drinks: There's a full selection of beer and wine to wash down what's in a Baba-Go-LLAMA (SERIOUSLY WTF IS IN THIS SANDWICH?!?), which're both cheaper during their happy hour and can come with an accompanying meat/house pickle plate. The Bonus: Just like you and the 11 other people you share an apartment with, they're making the most of the small space, with a takeaway section and tiny local foods shop, stocked with their fave gourmet goods like 4505 chicharrones.

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1. Grand Lake Kitchen 576 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610 (Oakland)

The food at GLK, like the Lake Merritt scenery, is fantastic' -- it's a brunch staple thanks to the savory French toast and the life-saving chilaquiles. It’s a bit cramped on the inside (as well as the front patio), so the sidewalk wait always looks like a mid-morning street party is taking place... which is admittedly half the fun. The tastiness continues at dinner with roasted pork belly sandwiches (with pickled fennel and chimichurri) and avocado-topped Dungeness crab toast.