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We’ve finally found the answer to the best lunch spot that also doesn’t require reservations, waiting in long lines, or changing out of whatever we decided to sleep in that night: La Guerrera’s Kitchen, the very casual counter-service Mexican stall operating out of Swan’s Market, the food hall in Old Oakland. This place does magical things with masa, including hand-rolled tortillas and fluffy tamales with fillings like juicy pork in salsa roja, or gooey cheese with rajas. For a heartier lunch, go for the mole rojo with chicken thighs that immediately fall apart when your fork touches them, or the Guerrero-style chicken pozole with a spicy kick. While you could come here for dinner, this is where you want to be midday—the communal dining room is bustling, the sun is out, and the plant-filled parklet is the ideal place to recharge over a plate of food and agua fresca. 

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