Located a stone’s throw from Lake Merritt, Grand Lake Kitchen defies easy categorization. It isn’t a traditional Jewish deli. It isn’t one of those places where every single item is made from scratch in-house. Nevertheless, the place fills at least three different niches for a neighborhood that didn’t have a great sandwich shop, or a cozy diner, or a posh grocery store carrying obscure sodas and organic baby food. The house-made pickles are great, and the deli case is stocked with seasonal, mostly vegetarian sides. But Grand Lake Kitchen’s biggest selling point is its sandwiches: a delicious riff on Italian porchetta; a better-than-solid Cuban; and, best of all, the “Oyako”: an open-face egg salad sandwich topped with thin shards of crispy chicken skin.
Hours: Mon., Wed.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Payment Type: Cash, all major credit cards