The Red Onion: 11900 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito
Cost: $4.95 (bacon cheeseburger, fries extra)
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Based on a friend's recommendation, I decided to survey The Red Onion in El Cerrito. It's a little dive north of the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station. It was pretty crowded when I walked in, and it seems like the kind of establishment where the staff would call frequent customers by their first name. I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with fries.
Verdict: So it's a dive, similar to Smokehouse, Oscar's and Big Al's which I've reviewed thus far. I was impressed by the presentation of the burger - loaded with fresh fixings, including red onions (as the name suggests). Overall, I liked the burger, but I wasn't a big fan of the cheese, which tasted like cheesy American. The fries were also pretty soggy.
So far, out the dives aforementioned, Big Al's is the top dive, in my honest opinion.