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Lovely’s started out as a pop-up in 2018 and recently opened a brick-and-mortar near Downtown Oakland, so you can get your fix of fantastic smashburgers at your convenience. The keys to their greatness: the squishy sesame seed roll that soaks up all of the juices from the meat, the creamy house sauce, and the caramelized patty that practically melts in your mouth. Lovely’s essentially nails all the elements of a great smashburger—and after your first visit, you’ll probably wake up nightly at 3am, inexplicably craving one like clockwork (we did). If you’re not in the mood for a burger, Lovely’s also has a fantastic hot chicken sandwich, plus flaky fish and chips, hot dogs, soft serve, and sundaes. Sit on their patio, grab a radler from next door at Two Pitchers Brewing Company, and then put a standing date on your phone to come back. Your future self will thank you.

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