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These days, every bar with a name chef seems to bend over backwards to tout itself as a gastropub, but Roland Robles (of Fivetenburger food truck fame) had no such aspirations. Instead, he and co-owner Jennifer Seidman wanted Handlebar to be more of a casual neighborhood hangout, where the menu is meant to be as comforting and familiar as dinner at Aunt Sally’s. It should come as no surprise that the thing to order is the burger — a slightly fancier version than Robles’ food truck burgers, infused with dry-aged beef fat for an element of earthy, extra-beefy funk. Meanwhile, Seidman’s cocktail list tends toward fruity, fizzy, low-alcohol concoctions — none of those all-booze liquor bombs that dominate so many of today’s temples of mixology.

— Luke Tsai

Hours: Daily 5-11 p.m., Sat.-Mon. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.


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