Wednesday, August 5, 2009

PACIFIC COAST BREWING CO. - simple food done well

As an Oakland native, I spent a lot of my formative years in what was the area adjacent to the old jail at 7th and Broadway. There was a pub there, known as Dahlke's, that my father long swore made the best French Dip sandwich on the planet. Well, Dahlke's has been a vacant building for years, our family business next to it, also no longer remains.

But that doesn't mean one can't find great pub food in downtown Oakland. Established in October of 1988, this modest establishment has long provided quality home-made beer (made in the basement of the brewery) and simple, delicious food.

My BH and I started the week off eating lunch at the pub. I ordered a new personal favorite, a dish the pub has titled the "Ploughman's Platter." It is a simple selection of two healthy slices of cheese sliced and accompanied by a choice of grilled sausage, add grilled onions and sliced apple and "voila." I like it because I'm trying to avoid a lot of starchy food, and the only carbs it offers are those found in the apple. The sausage I prefer is a spicy mango variety which is delicious. The onions are grilled perfectly in this dish, uniformly and consistently caramelized, yet still with some body and chew to them.

BH had the open-faced crab melt, which is also yummy. He ordered a side of fresh fruit, (rather than the fries pictured below) and the waiter accidentally brough fries instead, but was very speedy in rectifying the situation. (and very apologetic.) Pacific Coast offers a huge variety of beer, a warm and homey atmosphere and ---of a particularly hot summer day --- the indoor open courtyard is a welcoming place to eat.

The Pacific Coast Brewing Company also offers such treats as an authentic Shephard's Pie and a hot turkey lunch with all the trimmings on a regular basis.

If you are looking for comfort food in a nice environment, it can't be beat.

Pacific Coast Brewing Company
906 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Price: Inexpensive
Dining Time: Easily lunchable
Table Size: More than adequate

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