Best Food at a Bar

The District

At this point, it’s fair to say that the days of mixed nuts and microwaved wings as standard bar fare are long gone. But expensive and elevated doesn’t always mean good, and all sliders were certainly not created equal. The key to mastering this new breed of bar food is balance, really: making sure it’s high-quality, but not as expensive as a sit-down meal; that it’s culinarily adventurous but not too intimidating when all folks are craving is simple carbs and recognizable dishes; and that it’s easy to eat without being yet another sandwich. Suffice it to say that The District, Old Oakland’s newest addition, manages all of this beautifully, with a broad and well-considered menu of bar snacks that can come together as a full-fledged meal, or just the best bar food you’ve had in recent memory: sweet little Peppadew peppers stuffed with goat cheese; unctuous and substantial Moroccan-spiced meatballs; super-fresh ahi tuna tartare, brightened with lemon and enlivened with chili — bar food, but better.

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