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  1. Went last week...there's a new burger in town! I had the Bacon burger with Blue Cheese. Beautiful bun, burger was cooked to order, medium rare and the bacon combined with the cheese was absolutely mouth watering. Gotta try this place.

    1. http://www.jeffkrasky.com/

      1303 Park St. (Park at Encinal).

      First Philly cheesesteaks, now stromboli. Alameda, home of retro East Coast food?

      1. My husband and I tried it for lunch approximately 4 weeks ago, and I forgot to post about it. I had the stromboli, which was quite tasty, although really enough for 2 I think. At this point I am sorry to say I don't remember specifics about it though. I do remember the hush puppies we shared however. With fresh corn in them, these were served with some dynamite sweetened butter (maybe maple butter?). A generous portion, and lots of corn flavor made this a hit. Lastly, my husband didn't share a bite of his Bacon, Arugula, and Tomato Sandwich, which appeared to be because he enjoyed it so much.

        My only complaint about the place is that it would be easy to have lunch cost $30-35 for 2, which isn't something I'm generally interested in for a place that is essentially a take-out joint. Having said that, I thought the quality of the food was high, portions generous, and the folks working there quite friendly.

        1. The hamburger here is great, if not a great value at $8 (small patty).

          It comes out rather tall, with a really nice dill pickle, tomato and butter lettuce, and held together by a toothpick, after the removal of which the challah bun held up until the last few bites. Perfect, juicy medium-rare with good char. Thousand island type sauce, though heavier on the mayo than some.

          Closest local comparable would be Trueburger, and Scolari's burger is much, much better than theirs, particularly when paired with a Blind Pig IPA at the Lucky 13 next door. Pinball and well-stocked jukebox are bonuses.

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          Lucky 13
          1301 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

          Trueburger
          146 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

          Scolari's
          1303 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

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          1. re: Pius Avocado III

            Finally got to Lucky 13 for the first time and loved it - totally unpretentious place with an extensive beer list, lots of local brews. I'm only now starting to actively learn about local beer (it was actually that enormous SF vs NY thread that sparked my interest) and so was happy to see Pliny the Elder and Rasputin on tap (looooved the Pliny, found Rasputin too rich to drink as a beverage but imagine it would be delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert).

            http://www.lucky13alameda.com/menu

            We ordered almost everything off the Scolari menu - I particularly liked the fries with lemon, garlic, and parsley, the excellent fast-food style burger, and the spicy sweet potato empanadas. The stromboli are quite good and make for terrific bar food - less greasy than wings, neater than pizza, I'd love to see a bar stromboli trend.

            Overall, the best beer + bar food combo I've had so far in the US.

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            Lucky 13
            1301 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

            Scolari's
            1303 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

          2. tried out the crispy hot dog(5) and buffalo fries special(3), same taste as buffalo wings. wasn't overwhelmed but would rate scolari's higher than the philly cheesesteak down the street.

            scolari's is owed by the same guy who owes lucky 13(the bar). up till 2, you can eat scolar's food next door and you also get $1 off their drafts (remember to bring the placard.

            nice option. lots of interesting items on menu. daily specials.

            1. I had a slice of pizza there once. It was quite decent, satisfying New York style pizza. I overheard the chef explain that he'd recently moved from Brooklyn. Also had the Buffalo fries, which I did not like so much.

              1. Finally got around to trying this place tonight. My wife and I shared the burger of the day off the specials board (a bacon cheeseburger with hot cherry peppers and all the fixins), the stromboli, and the garlic fries (a huge portion). It was a ton of food, but we polished it all off. Everything was stellar.

                I'm a Jersey boy, and this was the first time I've seen stromboli on a menu since moving out west, so that was exciting. Good stuff. As noted by previous posters, the prices here are a bit higher than your typical diner, but given the quality/quantity of food, I thought the total bill was more than reasonable. I'd say the closest comp would be Rico's Diner before Rico's went downhill (according to recent reports, anyway).

                It was a little cramped sitting by the window, so next time we might opt to have our order taken next door to Lucky 13. We'll be back.

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                Rico's Diner
                400 15th Street, Oakland, CA

                Lucky 13
                1301 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

                1. A dissent:

                  A friend and I were craving burgers, so we went to Scolari's. The burger was very good (although it could have used some salt, since I ordered it without the dressing). The fries were only okay, as was the limeade.

                  But somehow two regular cheeseburgers, an order of fries and two limeades came to over $27! (I think she must have added a service charge for bringing it next door, because should only have been $23, since the prices include tax). That's a lot of money for not a lot of food that has to be eaten at a tiny counter, a grimy bar with only counters and stools (no tables), loud music, drunken patrons, etc. or taken home. I just don't see the value there, when we could have eaten a couple of doors down at Hobnob, had a better experience for about the same price.

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                  Scolari's
                  1303 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501