Sparky's Giant Burgers: 4120 Redwood Road in Oakland
Cost: $6.00 (double bacon cheeseburger, fries extra)
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Sparky's is tucked in a quaint shopping center in the Oakland Hills, and would have gone unnoticed had it not been a recommendation from a fellow burger enthusiast recently. The diner is sort of a dive, but there's a walk-up window and an abundance of outdoor seating. I would have chose the outdoor seating had it not been for the November chill and the burger smoke emanating from the grill and diminishing any chance of capturing the natural light for a quick photo op.
In addition to a variety of burger combinations, Sparky's also prepares tempura battered onion rings and zucchini. The specialized menu which is distinctly Asian-American also includes a fish burger and teriyaki chicken. Today, I settled on ordering a "Giant" cheeseburger which includes 2 thin patties with Virginia bacon. I also ordered a side of fries, after debating whether or not to try the tempura batter. I suppose there's next time.
Verdict: The burger was surprisingly juicy and tasty. The patties have a distinct charbroiled, smoky flavor. The fries are fresh-cut and chewy. Sparky's is sort of a dive, but it's nicer than most. I can just imagine how nice it would be to sit in their outdoor seating and enjoy their burgers on a warm day. I'm definitely looking forward to trying other items off their menu in the future.