I stopped into Chef Edward’s BBQ this afternoon for quick grub. It’s like a small cozier version of the old Mel’s Diner in Berkeley. The staff are warm, the food is good ‘n hot, and they even topped off my lemonade before i left! Service with a smile baby. (not with a snarl)
I’m not sure why most of the corporate barracks set who live in The Uptown haven’t found out about it yet (surely a couple have). May be that it’s across San Pablo, across a dividing sea of poverty and therefore a heart of darkness or place where few Uptownians dare tread.
Most people living at Uptown walk to and from BART to their dayjobs, or drive to their work, and would rarely be curious enough to jaywalk across to the other side of the street.
San Pablo is to the Uptown complex as 980/24 is to Temescal vs West Oakland. Cross it, and find interesting gems like Chef Edwards.
Like Bakesale Betty, and unlike Black Muslim Bakery, this is a legitimate small business we all ought to be supporting. (like Giant burger but yummier.)
This place isn’t new in any sense except that I found it today; was taken there by a friend is more like it. Reasonable pricing too… you get better food than Subway next door (and a complete ‘meal’) for just a dollar more. It’s been open for I don’t know how many decades… quite a few. Worth a visit!