I stayed over in Oakland for work, and there is NOTHING around the Old Town area I felt safe walking too from my accommodations. However across the street was Pacific Brewing Company. I don’t drink, so a brewing company is my last choice typically. I’m so glad I ventured in! I work odd/off -hours and missed lunch but Pac Brewing serves all day. I walk in, very friendly, very hometown. I was the only one in but within minutes there were others for late-lunch, and I found other business-types eating alone. The bartender was very friendly, the waitress was home-girl lovely, and the locals not cliquish. I love locals and local stories and I got some! Two men sitting next to me told me they’ve been coming to this same establishment for 20-years! They like it for the same things I just stated.
I had the special of the day that wasn’t fancy. That isn’t bad. It was actually pretty perfect! Regular sautéed chicken breast covered with what tasted like cream and vermouth sauce with butter, sautéed squash, and “real” mashed potatoes still a little lumpy! It was so tasty I was surprised. Mom’s Sunday dinner to me. I can’t say it was the best meal I have ever had in my life, but I can say that it was the best meal at this moment. I highly recommend stopping in, particularly if you’re single, alone, or away on business.
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