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Marrow - New in Uptown, Oakland

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calalilly Apr 24, 2013 12:51 PM

Marrow just opened this week in Uptown, it's located in the former Looney's BBQ space. Looks to be a direct competitor to Stag's Lunchette.

They had about 4 sandwiches (grilled cheese, asparagus, pastrami I think, patty melt), a salad, fries, strawberry shortcake and a few other things.

I ordered the patty melt and fries and am extremely pleased. The patty melt is delicious, not salty like I usually find them. The fries are thin, shoe-string-like, which are my favorite. I'm actually slightly hestiant to write about them because I don't want the lines to get long like at Stag's! But this place is a great find. I think it's even better than Stag's.

I did a quick internet search and the owner used to own a food truck called Jon's Street Eats. They butcher their own meat in-house and try to use all the parts.

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    karenfinan Apr 24, 2013 06:02 PM

    Address please?

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      shanghaikid Apr 24, 2013 08:54 PM

      had food at jon's street eats before. great food!

      Marrow
      325-19th St.
      Oakland, ca.

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        Pius Avocado III Jun 21, 2013 09:18 AM

        Marrow opens at 8am with a very narrow morning menu- today it was house-made yogurt and granola, biscuits and gravy and coffee.

        I got the biscuits and gravy. Each biscuit was topped with a poached egg, with a generous amount of sausage gravy, arugula strewn about and a bit of paprika. There was an underlying sweetness in either the sausage or the gravy itself, which wasn't a problem once I balanced it with homemade hot sauce I had from elsewhere. The arugula, which could also be a problem, turned out to lend it a nice, light peppery touch. I'd order this again, being sure to have excellent hot sauce on hand.

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          sundeck sue Jun 21, 2013 09:23 AM

          East Bay Express review--definitely looks worth a try:

          http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland...

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            mdougherty Jun 21, 2013 11:33 AM

            I had the grilled cheese and the beef-fat fries for lunch about a month ago. Everything was tasty, and the rest of the menu looked good.

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              Pius Avocado III Jun 28, 2013 09:30 AM

              I returned to Marrow intending to get the breakfast sandwich but when I saw seared pork terrine on the board it was clear the sandwich would have to wait.

              The half-inch thick rectangle of terrine was presented on a bed of arugula, topped with salsa verde and accompanied by a lovely poached egg and grilled bread. The rich, crusty brown exterior of the terrine gave way to rich, unctuous, intensely porky meat with bits of gelatin, and the runny poached egg sent the dish over the top. It was absolutely delicious.

              These guys deserve a medal for serving such a dish at 8am downtown. My only problem will be finding something its equal for lunch.

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                Melanie Wong Jun 28, 2013 09:44 AM

                My kind of sausage and egg sando! Price?

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                  Pius Avocado III Jun 28, 2013 10:08 AM

                  I forgot to mention that- an absolute steal at $5.

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                  edgrimley Jul 1, 2013 03:47 PM

                  I work very close to Marrow. The food is delicious, and rich. We've enjoyed the staples (Reuben, Patty Melt) and the specials. The salads too shouldn't be overlooked. They had a King Salmon cobb salad on the menu the other week that was great and lighter than their usual fare.

                  That said, we work so close that for the sake of our health, most of my officemates go out of their way to avoid Marrow and save up the calorie splurge.

                  Stag's, nearby, has a little more variety on the menu with things changing weekly. And a bit more of a range of options from the decadent to lighter fare. Different places and both worth the destination if you don't work nearby.

                  It's great to have so many wonderful options nearby that have opened in just the past year. Within two blocks you have Marrow, Stag's, Tea Here Now (nice baked goods and light breakfast and lunch options) and Duende (tortilla, small sandwiches, paella Fridays) during the day.

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                    hungree Jul 25, 2013 11:46 AM

                    yea, this is what's keeping this place from being higher on my list... don't like the idea of "saving up to splurge" for a meal.. would rather feel good about what i'm eating and have what i'm eating make me feel good, while also tasting great and satisfying. lots of places that strike this balance quite well around here

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                    Robert Lauriston Nov 17, 2013 06:02 PM

                    That seared pork terrine with 63°C (145°F) egg is fantastic. It was $11 but more than a sandwich helping.

                    Beef fat fries were really good. Fried apple pie (butter crust, fried in beef fat) was tasty.

                    Looking forward to going back to try the pastrami.

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                    Pius Avocado III Jul 25, 2013 11:33 AM

                    I realize I mischaracterized the eggs in both the biscuits and gravy and the pork terrine- they are 64-degree eggs, not poached.

                    The terrine was back on the menu this morning for the first time in awhile.

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                      Pius Avocado III Nov 3, 2013 09:24 AM

                      Marrow recently began brunch service; I went yesterday, and it was fantastic.

                      Biscuits and gravy with perfect biscuits, duck sausage gravy and roasted cherry tomato-sized potatoes and pearl onions, topped with frisee and another green and soft-cooked duck egg was fantastic.

                      The corned beef hash I had 2 bites of (with two perfectly-fried eggs; Jon knows how to cook eggs really, really well) may have been better, but I'll go back weekends for the biscuits and gravy.

                      More staff on hand than during the week, which helped as the small space was quite full around 11am.

                      Marrow is certainly the most interesting brunch option going in the area. Service begins at 10:30, both Saturday and Sunday.

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                        abstractpoet Nov 3, 2013 10:12 AM

                        So you were the one who bought out all the biscuits and gravy so that there weren't any left by around noon! ;-)

                        The third option available yesterday, "grits and greens," was also really good and rich, though I wished for a little bit more of the greens.

                        FYI, my sense is that the brunch options will change from week to week, so I wouldn't bank on the biscuits and gravy always being available. (I don't think the chef had that on the debut brunch menu, for instance -- there were some kind of sourdough griddle cakes instead.)

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                          Pius Avocado III Nov 3, 2013 10:44 AM

                          I'm certain it'll change, though Jon did tweet he'd make twice the duck sausage today.

                          Photo of the griddle cakes here:

                          http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/10/2...

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