German describes Chef Smelly as “the hometown hero” of Oakland, saying that, “He started as a pop-up chef and now has a permanent space now at AU Lounge. He’s really expanding on his food and diving deeper into Creole cuisine. He’s born and raised in Oakland and has a not-so-good past, but he’s turned it around and he’s an amazing chef.” The Dungeness crab that’s served over garlic noodles is a must-order and very much worth the wait, but don’t disregard “Designer Fries,” like the Creole Loaded Dungeness Crab Fries that pours Dungeness Crab Creole cheese sauce over seasoned fries with green onions. They also offer Creole Loaded Lobster with Dungeness Crab Fries as well as a Surf and Turf option and Extravaganza Fries with lobster, Dungeness crab, blackened prawns, and steak or chicken.
How to enjoy: Order online for pickup and delivery.