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2014 Food and DrinkEditors' Choice

Best Steaks

The Alley

Photo by Lori Eanes

The Alley in Grand Lake serves a steak dinner so simplistically divine that Fred Flintstone would yell, “Yabba dabba do!” Alongside a salad swimming in dressing, steamed vegetables, and a baked potato, diners can choose from a New York or chopped sirloin steak or the Alley special or club steak—a 7-ounce and an 8- to 9-ounce top sirloin, respectively. Order the club steak rare, and you’ll get a charred exterior zigzagged with grill marks that can barely contain the tender, bloody flesh one cut away. The unadulterated recipe—meat plus fire—is a no frills prep that lets the natural flavors shine through, the perfect meal for anyone who’s ever wondered what a steak dinner should be at its very core.
Photo by Lori Eanes

3325 Grand Ave.

Oakland

510-444-8505