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This Oakland offshoot of the legendary Ike's Place in San Francisco stacks some of the best sandwiches in the East Bay. This brightly colored sandwich shop in the Uptown District has a massive menu full of heaping combinations of ingredients that include all your typical favorites and far beyond. Order one of the specialty sandwiches with fun and creative names like the Going Home for Thanksgiving, the Al Davis or create your own, then eat it at one of the tables in the cute little square outside, or take it to go and enjoy it anywhere. Ike's does not take phone orders, but sandwich enthusiasts can order online.
Located in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood, Telegraph's specialty is sausage and beer. The restaurant has a full menu of different sausages (served in full on sandwich form,) all made in house like whiskey fennel, wild boar and pear, and chicken curry in addition to their selection of Angus burgers and salads. They also carry a good selection of bottled beer, both domestic and imported, which diners can enjoy inside or in the relaxing beer garden out back. Indoors, diners can check out the rotating art on the walls is really more of a gallery than simple decoration, and always features the work of local artists.
Already an institution in the East Bay, Bakesale Betty has local families, hipsters, and sweet teeth forming a line out the door for delicious baked goods. Everything tastes great, but the words you'll hear coming from the lips of everybody waiting are "fried chicken sandwich." The unbelievably filling sandwich is piled high with delicious fried chicken covered with a faintly spicy, not at all soggy jalapeno coleslaw. Other favorites are the carrot cake cupcakes, the strawberry shortcake, and the bake-at-home chicken pot pies. The staff, including Betty, the eponymous owner (you can spot her by the blue wig), are all friendly and more than willing to make recommendations to newcomers. Don't let a long line put you off- they usually move fast, and people waiting to order get free cookies and lemonade. No seating inside can be a problem, but outside are stools and ironing boards serving as makeshift tables. Stop by and see what all the fuss is about.
This small cafe in East Oakland is a hidden gem and is known for one extra special item: their breakfast sandwiches. From their most popular bacon and egg breakfast sandwich to the egg spinach croissant sandwich and everything in between, if you ask anyone inside what you should get, they will all say the egg sandwich. This comfortable homey cafe also does everything else that comes out of the kitchen well, from scrambles to gelato.
Southie is the more casual sister restaurant to the wildly popular Wood Tavern next door. Southie, named after the Boston neighborhood, bills itself as having an "East Coast mentality, West Coast sensibility. The specialty here is all things sandwiches, but not just your typical deli fare. At Southie, you're likely to find sandwiches like a Shaved Porchetta sandwich with Fennel, Avocado and Olive Puree and a Mustard Vinaigrette, or the "Spicy Hog" Pulled Pork sandwich with Pickled Jalapeños, Slaw, and Lime Aioli. There is also a small selection of soups and salads, along with desserts like Bacon Infused Chocolate Pudding. In the evenings, Southie switches from 'wiches to small plates like Fried Baby Artichokes, Sauteed Mussels with Chorizo, Ahi Tuna Panzanella Salad, and larger plates like Roasted Flat Iron Steak, Fresh Tagliatelle Carbonara, and of course a few of their signature sandwiches. Southie also has a selection of wines on tap and bottled beers.
Morucci's, as it is commonly known, is a lunchtime favorite. This eatery is a warm and welcoming Italian deli serving intensely flavorful pasta salads, salads, sides, some imported goods and of course, the sandwiches. And the sandwiches are why people flock to Morucci's during lunch hours. The heaping portions of Italian meats, cheeses, vegetables and various sauces and condiments are legendary. Specialty sandwiches like fresh proscuitto, mozzarella and tomato, and tri-tip mingle with traditional favorites like the Italian Sub and the Reuben. Don't let the line scare you away, it will be worth the wait! On a nice day, grab one of the tables out front and bask in the sunshine as you savor the flavor of your meal.