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Group dinner in Albany/El Cerrito/Berkeley

I agree on T-Rex, food is so-so but it would be convenient for a big group and the cocktails are nice.

Never been to Nizza but the the menu looks good.

How is Fonda? Maybe on the pricey side?

Nov 19, 2010
Aman M. in San Francisco Bay Area

Group dinner in Albany/El Cerrito/Berkeley

There will be about 15 of us.

Nov 16, 2010
Aman M. in San Francisco Bay Area

Group dinner in Albany/El Cerrito/Berkeley

Hi,

I'm taking my restaurant crew out for a Holiday party. We are looking for a fun dinner/drinks kind of place between North Berkeley and Albany bowl. It will likely be a Saturday night in December. Most of the staff are college students and a few 30-something cooks. A full bar would be nice, but we could get by on a nice beer selection. Food budget not including drinks is about $20/person. Any cuisine, but no sushi. A family style, small plates kind of atmosphere seems fun. I was thinking little star on Solano Ave. Any other suggestions?

Thanks,
Aman

Nov 16, 2010
Aman M. in San Francisco Bay Area

Baby Blues BBQ? (SF)

I like BB better than Memphis Minnie's. The beef rib is pretty good, similar to the one served at T-Rex in Berk. I'm not a huge fan of MM, but I'm not a huge fan of BB either. I know this probably doesn't help much, but if you really love BBQ, you're going to be best off just smoking it at home yourself. Just for fun and experimentation I through some mesquite chunks in my tandoor and made a couple of racks of baby backs in it last weekend and they came out surprisingly well. Really tender and smoky in just 1 hr and 10 min. They had a funky caramelization like you get when do rotisserie ribs. Came out better than most BBQ restaurant ribs.

On a side note for BBQ enthusiasts out there, I recently tried the newly opened Dickeys BBQ in PLeasanton and was pretty disappointed. The meat did not have a very smokey flavor and there was no bark on the outside of the meat. I later came to find that they use a "high pressure" smoking method that supposedly allows them to finish meat that would typically cook for 12-18 hours in 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

For the best BBQ you gotta grab a Steven Raichlein BBQ cookbook and DIY.

Has anyone tried the BBQ from Town Hall? Are the even still doing it?

Aman

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Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Nov 16, 2010
Aman M. in San Francisco Bay Area