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26 Beach Report (long-ish)

e revisited | Dec 5, 200511:32 AM

Went to 26 Beach last night (Sunday) with a friend because we were both in the area and starving. He's from SF originally and gets rather nostaligic about his old haunts, and I think 26 Beach has now filled a niche for him.

Our server was very nice, attentive but not overbearing and offered several very helpful and genuine suggestions. I give her high marks. Now for the food...

Being a big "burger guy", he ordered the 26 Beach Special. It features double patties, and (I believe) double cheese as well. When it arrived, it was HUGE. Like I don't think my mouth could open that large. I'd hate to see what the 5-patty burger looks like. He was also very pleased that it was really cooked medium rare and with the quality of meat, bun and toppings. It was so big, he even has it for lunch today!

I ordered the fish & chips. The entree included a choice of salad (I had the ceasar). This salad was very large (i had to share) and the lettuce was very fresh and crisp. Overall very tasty. Re the entree: I'd seen some posts on here about fish & chips lately and it got me craving. This portion was also huge. Three lightly breader fillets, very tender (could be cut with a fork) and cooked very well. I liked that I wasn't overwhelmed by the breading or grease (although fish & chips of that ilk does have a special, separate place in my heart as well). The fries it was served with also tasted very fresh, and while they were good, they were by no means addictive (like those suckers at Father's Office are). The waiter also brought mustard out for my fries (a lilking I developed on several trips to Greece) upon my request with absolutely no bafflement.

For dessert we split the chocolate cake, on the server's rec. This as well, was mountainous, so large I couldn't see over the top to spy on how much my friend had eaten! It was also very tasty, with a nice thick fudge between the layers. Also was taken home. We washed this down with two cups of coffee that we could tell was freshly brewed, and served in delightfully large mugs and not teeny, tiny cups, where I'm constantly beckoning for a refill.

Overall it was no joy to my waistline, but a very comforting and yummy dining experience. I'll be going again and often.

Total for 2 was around $50.

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