It’s one geezer’s opinion, of course, but the grilled cheese sandwich at Luka’s Taproom and Lounge In Oakland is utterly perfect. The bread, soft pain de mie, is butter battered, barely toasted and the cheese (cheddar,gruyere or jack) is melting to a point just short of oozing down your chin.
Though Luka’s bills itself as Belgian ( mussels, oysters, frites) it’s not obsessive about it. They offer a fine mac ‘n cheese and hamburger, too.
Where they are obsessive is their beer list with dozens of Belgian’s best, including a wonderfully limey Fin du Monde.
The crowd, including athletic fans gathered round the big screen at the bar, is echt East Bay.