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2014 Food and DrinkEditors' Choice

Best New Restaurant

Penrose

Photo By Lori Eanes

Penrose's allure lies in the simplicity. Brick walls and wooden rafters anchor the dining room while the Grand Lake eatery’s wall-length bar is always shaking, pouring classics such as mint juleps over crushed ice or gin and housemade tonic. Although the menu changes daily, the servers aren’t fazed as they guide you through the California cuisine that draws on Mediterranean and Spanish influences but always emphasizes fresh and local ingredients. The Hawaiian kampachi crudo is spring on a plate, the buttery fish decadent against the crisp-shaved radishes, fava beans, and oil. The tapas-style meal wouldn’t be complete without housemade flatbread and accompanying sauces—smoky harissa, herb-packed charmoula, and mind-blowing tahini yogurt. Each bite is simple and simply outstanding.
Photo By Lori Eanes

3311 Grand Ave.

Oakland

510-444-1649

www.PenroseOakland.com