It's become increasingly common to find upscale food offerings at bars these days, but one of the best gourmet pub menus can be found at El Cerrito's Elevation 66. In addition to being the perfect spot to enjoy an imperial pint before a movie at the Cerrito theater or people-watch with friends, the brewery is also a place to enjoy dishes like locally-sourced grilled cheese, house-made sausage with spaetzle dumplings, and a shiso lime sorbet (the menu rotates often). The juicy Wagyu beef burger with curried aioli on an Acme bun is as satisfying for the meat-lover as the avocado, olive tapenade, and crispy shitake mushroom sandwich is for the vegan. An incredibly punctual, kind, and all-knowing server can suggest which one of the brewery's six varying home brews — for example, a chocolaty stout, a crisp Kolsch, or a hoppy red ale — will best match your food. With a casual, welcoming atmosphere and impeccable food, beer, and service, Elevation 66 has the buzz of Uptown and the palate of the Gourmet Ghetto, but with none of the pretension.
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