Cheap Eats: LocoL
One "cheeseburg" and a green juice please.
Why go? This is fast food for the people (global, healthful) and by the people (a warm, aspiring staff). The restaurant was created by two pioneer California chefs: L.A.’s Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson of Oakland’s Haven and Plum Bar.
What’s the vibe like? Fashionably stark, with cubical tables and chairs and walls of spaghetti graffiti (a shout-out to “Noodleman”—Locol’s soba noodle bowl). There’s a community courtyard out front as well.
What to order? Airy griddled buns make the bold, simple, and satisfying “cheeseburg,” fried chicken ‘burg, and egg in the hole with machaca (shredded beef) ready to scarf down. The carnitas foldie—a melty taco-quesadilla—is irresistible, and the bulgar language bowl is covered in a #*@!!-good Caesar-style green goddess salad dressing.
Added bonus: Pressed lemony green juice and sweet aguas frescas. Plus, self-order kiosks.
How much? $2–$7. Everything in a bun is $5.
Where is it? 2214 Broadway St., Oakland, welocol.com. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.