The Santa Barbara–based chain is gaining ground in the East Bay, most recently at Alameda Landing, which came quickly on the heels of a San Leandro opening. The draw is the “Charburger,” which comes with mayo, lettuce, pickles, and grilled onions—not bad for a mere $2.95. Add cheese, bacon, or avocado, or even go for a lettuce wrap. Or try the teriyaki char with grilled pineapple, the barbecue bacon char, the mushroom char, or the Santa Barbara Style char. Yes, it’s fast food, but not many other grab-and-go joints offer add-ons like sweet potato fries, tempura green beans, grilled sandwiches (from chicken and tri-trip to albacore tuna, a veggie burger, and club) or as robust salads. It’s clean, new, and service-oriented eat-in or take-out dining. A few kiddie things, plus shakes, malts, cones, sundaes, and even pretty good strawberry-limeade will give this chainster some staying power. Serves lunch and dinner daily.