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Merritt Restaurant & Bakery, before yesterday's fire. [Photo: allaboutgeorge/Flickr]

OAKLAND—Wondering just what makes Oakland's Merritt Restaurant & Bakery, which was tragically gutted in a fire yesterday morning, so special? The Chron's Peter Hartlaub files an appreciation of his "favorite local time warp": "Oakland is a diverse and welcoming place, where you can walk inside most businesses without worrying if you belong there. But in that regard, Merritt Bakery always cast the widest net. Delicious food, with a complete lack of pretentiousness." [Chron]

NOE VALLEY—For those sick of paying high restaurant prices for bacon, there's always cooking it on your dashboard, as one Noe Valley local discovered. [SFist]

LAKESHORE—The guys at Stag Dining Group are doing another shooting-and-dinner session at the Pacific Rod & Gun Club, and this time, they're bringing the gentlemen of Almanac Brewing Co. along for the ride in what they're terming a "Shot and a Beer" dinner. As an added bonus, attendees will be the first to taste entries number three and four in Almanac's special Farmers' Reserve line, a strawberry nectarine sour and a barrel-aged orange-Meyer lemon-buddha's hand sour. Tickets are $120 and include dinner, beer, and skeet shooting. [EaterWire]

MARIN HEADLANDS—The Headlands Center For the Arts is throwing an interesting event for food and politics junkies this weekend, called Conflict Kitchen: The Two Koreas. It's a takeout restaurant from artists Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, with three dishes each from North and South Korea, plus a guided discussion on the issues between the two. Tickets are $35. [EaterWire]

SOMA/THE EMBARCADERO—"This meal could really use a glass of fine Champagne" probably isn't a thought any visitor to the SOMA StrEat Food Park has ever had, but nonetheless, Veuve Clicquot will be there to fill the need with a visit from their signature Airstream trailer next Tuesday, May 14. They'll be selling glasses of bubbly for $18 and bottles for $65 from noon to 3 pm. And for those who prefer a more traditional accompaniment like oysters, the trailer will visit Waterbar and Epic Roasthouse from 6-7:30, with glasses for $19 and bottles for $85 (or for those who want to spring for the rose version, $24 and $130). [EaterWire]

Merritt Restaurant & Bakery

203 E. 18th St., Oakland, CA

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