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The second outpost of Rudy’s Can’t Fail is a nice addition to Uptown Oakland’s renaissance, adding an upbeat, family-friendly community hub to the Telegraph landscape. Food is diner-quality, another way of saying middle of the road. You can’t fail with Rudy’s pie, pancakes, and pastrami but avoid items that go off-template (e.g., fish tacos). This location is bigger than the original in Emeryville, with a full bar, but still has the basic diner vibe down pat. Equally good for breakfast or a late-night respite from the Uptown bar parade.

— Jesse Hirsch

Hours: Daily 7-1 a.m.

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