Food nostalgia's a bitch, especially if you're dealing with transplanted East Coasters, folks with Italian-American grandmothers, or the aged — people who love complaining about how the versions of their childhood favorites widely available in the Bay Area just aren't the same. So it's no small feat that Scolari's Good Eats serves up Italian-inflected East Coast comfort food with an unmistakable ring of authenticity — but still elevates the cuisine to new heights, through careful preparation and the use of high-quality ingredients. It's true of their strombolis (like grown-up pizza pockets) and their burgers. It's true of their killer Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwich, served on an airy brioche bun. The place is more takeout joint than sit-down restaurant, with just a handful of cramped counter seats available. But regulars know to have their orders brought over to the bar next door, Lucky 13, where you can enjoy a spectacular selection of beers on tap with your meal.
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