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Located inside the cocktail bar The Lodge, this permanent pop-up serves “elevated bar food,” but the best thing about it is how down-to-earth all of the offerings are. Start with the $6 cheeseburger, the "Royale with Cheese," which, right out of the gate, stakes a claim in any discussion of the best fast-food style burgers in the East Bay. This is a compact quarter-pound burger, greasy and sloppy in just the right ways and topped with your classic fast-food burger fixins: shredded iceberg lettuce, a late-season tomato slice, chopped onions, a Thousand Island-esque "special sauce," and thin-sliced dill pickles. Close your eyes and take a bite, and the taste is unmistakable: It's a classic McDonald's burger, except with much better-tasting meat. Other notable offerings include the tacos, the tater tots with queso sauce, and a smoked pork shoulder sandwich that has Apple Jacks cereal as one of its featured ingredients.

— Luke Tsai

Hours: Mon.–Thu. 4–11 p.m., Fri. 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat. 2 p.m.–midnight, Sun. 2–10 p.m.

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