The REFUGE

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The REFUGE

The REFUGE

I have had this place flagged for a visit on my next Bay Area trip ever since I saw it on The Travel  Channel’s Triple D with Guy Fieri.  Imagine how exited I was to get a parking spot right in front of The Refuge, only to have that excitement turn to sadness when I learned that they only open for lunch, but then close.  Luckily it was only 4:30 in the afternoon and they were reopening again for dinner at 5:00 pm.  The Refuge located just a block off one of California’s oldest highways was my destination for a quick lunch before heading back to the Oakland Airport and a plane heading back to Salt Lake City.

Bruchetta

Bruchetta

I’m a real bruchetta lover and this one for the most part hit the spot.  I found the mozzarella cheese and tomatoes used to be spot on and delicious.  I was a little surprised that the toast they used seemed to be quite ordinary, however, it worked for this particular bruchetta.  Eating it was a breeze.

The Champ

The Champ

When I initially watched Triple D, I was already decided to go with one of The Refuge’s famous pastrami sandwiches.  My colleague from work went with The Champ, a Philly cheese steak loaded with cheese and bell peppers.  He was gracious enough to let me have a bite of his.  (Golf claps)  Well done Refuge…. Well done.  A good Philly cheese steak is majestic.  This sandwich had a VERY generous portion of tri tip steak on it.  The cole slaw was different and unique.

The Pastrami Sandwich

The Pastrami Sandwich

Ah the pastrami sandwich.  I love Reuben like sandwiches.  Look at the way The Refuge cuts their pastrami.  This sandwich has great flavor and texture.  It was a beautifully constructed work of art.  TONS of flavor.  They definitely knocked this one out of the park.

Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float

Finish it off with an ice cold draft root beer over a frosty mug of ice cream.  Root Beer Floats have a special place in my heart.  What makes you more happy?  A root beer float or 100 combined Care Bear stares?  Answer:  The root beer float.

The Refuge was a happening place.  There was only 1 person when we showed up during off hours at 4:30.  By the time they opened the doors at 5 pm, the place was rocking.  Great location, Great crowd, Great atmosphere!  Check out their site here.

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