The guys behind Malibu’s Burgers are hitting all of the trends in the best way possible. Food truck-turned-brick-and-mortar? Check. Smashburgers? Check. One-hundred percent plant-based? Check, check, check. The concept from Darren Preston, aka Darren Malibu, is basically a menu of all of the fast food we crave—burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, crinkle fries, and milkshakes—only completely vegan. Malibu has lived in Oakland since he was 18, and co-owner, Wahid Brown, was born and raised there, so there are nods to that in the menu, like the Ghostown Burger (a nickname for the Foster/Hoover neighborhood in West Oakland) and Hella Fries (self-explanatory), the latter of which are a must, as is making whichever burger you get a double.
How to enjoy: Order at the counter Tuesday-Sunday. Order online for delivery and takeout.