My office is a block away from Barney's, so I have lunch here about once a month. The atmosphere at this location is much better than the Barney's on Piedmont Avenue. They have plenty of seating, both indoors and outside, either in the front of the restaurant, or in their back patio area. But Barney's is much more than atmosphere.
The burgers here are above average, and sometimes spectacular. Their menu is full of great options, including the some of the best Specialty burgers around. My personal favorite is the Alpine burger, with Swiss cheese and sauteed onions & mushrooms. Another great one is the I always order my burgers medium rare. A close second is the Guacamole burger, loaded with fresh "guac", jack cheese and sour cream. Oh and I can't forget the Chipotle, with its spicy sauce and jack cheese. I could go on and on, but you get the picture.
Barney's is also well known for their spicy curly fries. A full basket is HUGE. So if you are on your own, get the small size. The homemade ranch dipping sauce is awesome. If you are tempted to try the garlic fries, don't. They are a bit dry, and aftertaste from the garlic will last for days. If you're into lighter fare, Barney's has a full menu of salads and other items as well. They also do milkshakes, but you might want to pass on those as well. Why? Because the landmark Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream parlor (less than a block away) is the ideal place for dessert.
Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers is located on College Avenue in Oakland's Rockridge Shopping district. The restaurant is a couple of blocks from the Rockridge BART station, and easily accessible from highway 24.
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