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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?

Group dinner in Albany/El Cerrito/Berkeley

There will be about 15 of us.

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

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