The famous urban coffee shop the Bulldog and its cannabis dispensary Coffee Shop SR-71 is the best enterprise to come out of the medical marijuana movement. Coffee Shop SR-71 opened in 2003 as the sister store to the Bulldog, and is one of only four businesses to survive Oakland's mass closures of pot shops last year. Named after a stealth airplane, the quaint coffee and smoothie house welcomes any customer with phenomenal prices, service, coffee, and snacks, such as one-dollar cups of cereal, milk included. In the back room, clients with doctors' recommendations purchase cannabis goods -- marijuana, edibles, and oils -- in privacy and comfort. There's no intimidating security or flimflam. And no club beats the price for Odyssey clones -- baby marijuana plants that SR-71 sells for $5. The club offers two to four strands of three grades of marijuana with prices ranging from $10 to $50; its popular midgrade pot is comparable to other club's high grade. And the shake -- hairs and leaves that fall off during packaging -- sells out so quickly at $11 for two grams that "Got shake?" is somewhat of an inside joke. Among the tasty and potent edibles for sale are Reefers, Kiefkats, and NugRageous Candy Bars. SR-71 also has a monopoly on the best baker, who supplies the large brownies, cookies, and Rice Krispie treats. Mmmm. With good music and conversation all about, you only wish you could stay to enjoy your purchase right then and there. With a doctor's note, of course.
2135 Broadway Ave., Oakland, 510-839-2217