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Map1611 Second Ave
Oakland, CA 94606
  • American
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Like beer gardens? Then you’ll dig Portal, the offbeat Lake Merritt watering hole with a primo outdoor patio and portal-windowed front door opening to a shotgun-style bar. It’s known for stromboli-like “garbage bread” that’s more or less pizza grilled after it’s stuffed with, well, stuff: vegetables, meat, cheese, pesto, marinara, even corndog on one occasion, apparently. Snacking is the thing to do here, along with drinking beer or cider; Portal offers a rotating selection of 15 on tap. Have some pickles, housemade, with that, or maybe fried Brussels sprouts, “knots” of dough and cheese with marinara sauce, chicken wings, or Kennebec potatoes. Snacky things, you get the picture. Mini-burgers, sliders really, come in threes, and make enough of a meal for slight appetites: go for the beef and fried chicken for sure. Meanwhile, skip the puttanesca. The glass-enclosed patio is awash with communal opportunities, so you may rub elbows with locals you would meet otherwise, which adds a friendly flair. For extra fun, play life-sized Jenga. Glass enclosed outdoor patio is perfect all year. Serves dinner Tue.–Sun., brunch Sat.–Sun.

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Location: Oakland-Lake Merritt / Eastlake
Price: $-$$
Features: Beer And Or Wine
Credit Cards Accepted
Wheelchair Accessible

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