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Oakland (Temescal): Bear Naked Burgers - $1 draft Trummer Pils in the correct glass and a nifty Niman Ranch burger

rworange | Jan 27, 200805:19 PM

This is such a deal.

Draft Fat Tire and Pyramid are also $1. Anyone who doesn’t want beer can choose a free soda with their burger.

And what a burger … I can’t imagine what the 1/2 lb burger would be like because my 1/3 lb burger was a major meal … which came with a good mixed greens salad.

My reservation about using a ciabatta roll for a burger is waived … this was a good bun … Gregoire-quality good. Also, a regular bun couldn’t handle this burger.

Great slice of red onion, tasty tomato slices, pickle and lettuce with a juicy perfectly-cooked burger (medium-rare). $5.95.

The beer came in one of those long skinny glasses marked “Trummer Pils”

Mr. Espresso coffee is $1. No other purchase required.

The signs say the beverage prices are a Grand Opening special … but they have been open for a few months, so this deal may last awhile. This is the old Café Pippo location. Same owners, but they decided to change the menu to burgers and sandwiches.

Here’s a previous enthusiastic report about the turkey burger and what else is on the menu.

They kept the Café Pippo pimento fries in the menu which were great and added garlic fries (plain fries also available).

The only nit I have is that the salad was just slightly over-dressed for my tastes and I’d ask for dressing on the side next time.

Golden Gate meat is the supplier and I am not clear if the hot dog is Niman Ranch or Golden Gate’s hot dog.

Anyway, this is the same owner as La Calaca Loca next door and the focus is on quality and often organic. Fulton Valley free-range chicken is used and the menu says the bacon is 100% natural.

I also want to try the tuna melt which sounds delicious … tuna, green olives, capers, scallions, herbs, tomatoes, and provolone on sourdough bread … $6.45 with salad.

Maybe I’ll have that with a java milkshake.

There are some nice green salads available
- Garden salad with fennel, pumpkin seeds, avocado, chickpeas, carrot, cucumber, sprouts
- Arugula with seasoned toasted pine nuts and feta cheese

The daily house-made soup on my visit was red minestrone

Free wi-fi is available.

Bear Naked Burgers
5179 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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