This downtown Alameda takeout joint boasts the same affordable-foodie cred as the gourmet street carts and grocery-store deli counters that have blossomed since the economy nosedived. The cuisine is classic American fast food — burgers, hot dogs, breakfast sandwiches — but the ingredients are seasonal and organic, the execution is imaginative and satisfying, and the daily specials include such delights as Dungeness crab with garlic butter, split-pea soup with crispy pork belly, and a New Jersey stromboli duded up with pumpkin, kale, and cashews. The cheerful, closet-size space has six stools and a few sidewalk tables, or enjoy your takeout at the Lucky 13 saloon next door.
Hours: Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Thu.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Payment Type: Cash, MasterCard, VISA