Dinner Date: 08.11.12 @ 4:45 PM
CHOP BAR resembles a converted garage (or at least made to look like one) at Oakland's Jack London Square District.
On this gorgeous warm weekend, Chop Bar was the place to be. The restaurant was very open and airy, with the open street side patio area flowing into the dining area. Chop Bar is more industrial-rustic than industrial chic.
We arrived at the Chop Bar during Happy Hour (daily from 3pm to 5:30 pm) Since they would not serve dinner until 5:30 PM, we decided to get an appetizer and drinks.
BRAISED PORK RIBS WITH APPLES $12
*This appetizer was on the small side but packed with flavors! It is savory sweet because of the apples but the ribs were juicy inside and had a crispy caramelization on the outside. Delish!
I ordered a GINGER GREYHOUND $5 which was a Happy Hour drink made with rain organic vodka, grapefruit juice topped with ginger beer. It was refreshing but weak.
It as funny because we waited for the dinner menu but ended ordering burgers which were also available during Happy Hour.
I judge the yummy-ness of my burger by how many crumpled paper napkins are left at the table by the time I finished it. I used 4. That means it was good!
And not only because I only ate half of the bun. (TIP: That's a low-carb diet technique. You still get to taste the bread that way without eating lots of carbs.)
The burger at Chop Bar was finger-lickin' good. I asked mine to be sans bacon but asked for a side of Cowboys Onions $1 which were caramelized, sweet and delish! The burger was dressed in aioli and topped with heirloom tomatoes and avocado. Instead of fries we got fresh greens which was perfect for this "low carb eating" gal.
The burger patty was so juicy and flavorful! A really good burger bordering on great!
Enrique also ordered a burger with bacon and extra cheese on his.
*He wanted some french fries so we put in an order for Jo Jos after we already received our burgers. They arrived within 5 minutes and were piping hot. These are not french fries but steak cut potatoes which were surprisingly crispy on the outside. It was more of a side dish than "finger food" like french fries. The flavors were "different" because of the chimichurri sauce but nice.
TOTAL: $56 before tip
Chop Bar is the place to eat burgers and have a drink or two while soaking in the warm Oakland sun. Lively and casual venue surrounded by JLS's contemporary loft. Very urban with neighborhood vibe. The staff were very friendly and efficient.
Another gorgeous Saturday date night!