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May 29, 2010 09:29 AM

good steak fries in oakland or berkeley?

Does anyone have suggestions for places to get good steak fries in Oakland or Berkeley? I used to go to the smokehouse for a quick fix, but they have changed their fries to crinkle fries. Boo! Something that is quick is more preferable, as I have a screaming infant permanently attached to my hip nowadays.


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  1. Cesar's patatas bravas are pretty much the same thing. They're on the menu at both locations.

    1. For shoestring-cut fries, Cafe Rouge in Berkeley. For thicker fries, Nizza La Bella in Albany. Both of them use bavette steak, and both have outdoor tables for that hip-attachment. Both also tend to undercook, so if you ask for medium rare you'll get something closer to rare. And both will serve a ramekin of excellent aioli on request.

      Cafe Rouge
      1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

      Nizza La Bella
      827 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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      1. re: ernie in berkeley

        grow_power is looking for fat "steak-cut" fries, not steak-frites. Nizza's are regular size.

        1. re: nicedragonboy

          I haven't been to Barney's for years, but they used to have steak fries. These days I get my steak-fry fix at the Cheesesteak Shop in Alameda.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Indeed Barney's does serve steak fries. They give you a few choices of fries: steak, skinny, curly, with garlic.

            1. re: ML8000

              Double-plus for Barney's. Very steak fries. There's often strollers and such in there.

              1. re: ML8000

                The garlic option is new since last time I was there, but as I said, it's been a while. They also make the best deep fried veggies.

              2. re: Ruth Lafler

                Right - Cheesesteak Shop on University just below San Pablo in West Berkeley, too.

            2. YUMM!

              I like Luka's Taproom's offering in this regard, with good sauces for le dip...axe for them well-done, might help some if you are me

              Bear's Lair on campus has some decent ones

              I sometimes get them from hot deli section of ________ and heat up a pizza stone at home and then add my own stuff and crisp them up...

              Try the occasional appetizer at Noodle Theory?

              Luka's Taproom
              2221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

              Noodle Theory
              3242 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

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              1. re: Munching Mark

                Luka's fries are Belgian-style, a bit bigger than the usual American cut but much smaller than steak fries.

              2. If you want good Steak Fries as good or better than Smokehouse.

                I recommend Simply Greek on Piedmont Ave in Oakland.

                Each order is "Cooked to order" so you will always receive fresh and hot fries.

                I only wished they had some Malt vinegar to go with them.

                These are not the best fries around (Wood Tavern), but I think they are what the OP is looking for?


                I have never been impressed with any of the actual Greek food at Simply Greek.

                In fact their Mediterranean plate is quite bad.

                Simply Greek
                4060 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611