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Cheap Eats: Marrow

Meat lovers, grab a patty melt and a side of shoestring fries for lunch at Marrow.


Photo by Jen L. // Yelp.com

Jon Kosorek made his name as one of the first adopters of the food truck movement in the East Bay with his Jon’s Street Eats. Kosorek sold the truck and moved to Wine Country for a stint. And now, he’s back with his new brick-and-mortar lunch spot in Uptown Oakland, where he makes most everything in-house.

Meat is the way to go here. The patty melt ($10) is a tasty take on the East Coast specialty that lies somewhere between a cheeseburger, a grilled cheese, and a cheesesteak. Even better is the Reuben ($12), which gets the meaty (corned beef), cheesy (swiss), and tart (incredible house-made sauerkraut) balance exactly right.

Fry It: Order a side of shoestring fries ($3) cooked in, yes, beef fat.
Ready for Prime Time: A cool series of photos on the wall documents the marquees of some of the East Bay’s classic theaters like the Fox and the Grand Lake.
Light Dessert: You’re not getting away lightly at Marrow. The dessert special on our trip was fried cherry pie with ice cream.
Winning Trifecta: Marrow is located next to two other newly opened “oh-so-Oakland” stores on 19th Street: a made-by-the-owner clothing boutique and retro-hipster record store.

Marrow, 325 19th St., Oakland, (510) 251-1111, marrowoakland.com. Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner Fri.


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