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Berkeley – T-Rex’s T-ERRIFIC Happy Hour - $1 brew, $1 oysters, $5 ribs … Fatted Calf HOT DOG digression


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Berkeley – T-Rex’s T-ERRIFIC Happy Hour - $1 brew, $1 oysters, $5 ribs … Fatted Calf HOT DOG digression

rworange | Mar 9, 2007 07:17 PM

So I was turning around to pick up my $1 double cheeseburger from McDonald’s ... I've been on a so far unrequited Shamrock Shake search ... and I noticed the T-Rex happy hour sign. It sounded more promising than the McValue menu, so I dropped in.

Oh my, oh my, oh my … we are talking heavenly riblets … yet maybe it was the devil that cooked up the hot, sinfully-good, cayenne BBQ sauce coating the six fat little riblets … I’d sell my soul for them.

Fonda and T-Rex make some great hot sauce. The complex BBQ sauce on these riblets beats those … maybe flowery habanera with jalapeño and cayenne … a touch of cinnamon … and more.

There are six 2 inch riblets that are about 1/2 thick, beautifully laquered with mahogany BBQ sauce and topped with a sprinkle of green onion.

Happy hour is SEVEN days a week … 3pm – 6 pm. I know I’m happy.

Other items on the menu

$1 oysters
Devilled eggs - $2
Smoked mixed nuts - $3
Spring Roll - $3
French Fries with Chipotle Ketchup - $3
Onion Rings with Ranch - $3
Smoked salmon toasts - $5

Draft Pabst Blue Ribbon - $1
All other Draft Beers - $3
$5 Well Cocktails including past favorites according to the menu like Chapel Hill’s “Lemonade”, French 75 and French martini

Most of the items are a few dollars less than the regular menu and some less than half the price.

Those smoked mixed nuts are pretty divine, too. I have never had a real smoked nut until I tried these. Just opening my mouth, the BBQ smoke drifted in making my taste buds giddy in anticipation … wonderful nuts … and a generous bowlful.

The devilled eggs are much better than the first time I had them at T-Rex and at $2 priced right. On the regular menu they are $5 which is a little pricy for three half eggs … but for $2 … now we are talking … the creamy yolks piped high in the center with a little cayenne … surrounding a little spring mix topped with marinated onions and thin radish slices. Top eggs with the hot sauce on the table for extra kick.

The spring roll looked sad … a little overdone … but WAIT … good, good, good. They are stuffed with pieces of smoked chicken and mushroom and … well, I’m not sure what else … it was almost soft like grits but there was all sorts of wonderful flavor.

The only thing that was only ok was the smoked salmon toasts. I’ve been looking forward to getting the salmon for a long time, but maybe all the other assertively, deliciously, smoky snacks made this seem bland by comparison. Still it was a painless-to-the pocketbook way to sample the salmon … silky lox-like salmon topped two thin toasted baguette slices and were drizzled with crème fraîche and sprinkled with fresh dill. The toast was perched on top of some green salad.

The draft Pabst was good … and $1.

I also had draft Franziskaner Weissbier which was lovely with lemony notes and a rich creamy head.

Service was top notch. Really nice and helpful server … the type of service I’ve come to expect at Sea Salt, Fonda and Lalime’s.

I was looking at the lunch menu and saw the hot dog which they just added today. The server said it was by Fatted Calf. $10 with BBQ potato chips and something else I’m not remembering.

There are also a few dishes using Fra’ Mani sausages on the menu like

- Fra’Mani Italian sausage with pickled peppers and fontina cheese (lunch)
- Frittata of Fra’Mani sausage, potatoes, spring garlic and fontina cheese (brunch)

On the dessert menu there were some interesting “Desserts with a kick”

- Manhattan float – Bourbon vanilla ice cream, sweet vermouth, whipped cream, Dr. Brown’s black cherry soda
- Irish float – Caramel ice cream, Jameson whiskey, Baily’s and Murphy’s stout

Good dessert wines too like Barolo Chinato Cocchi.

The cocktail list has gotten more interesting. Betty Davis eyes is made with house-infused Bosc pear vodka

Cocktails, draft beers and interesting bottled beers are listed on the website.

Not listed are the beer cocktails

- SNAKEBITE – Woodchuck hard apple cider and Stone’s Arrogant Bastard Red Ale
- ALL IN ONE – Stone’s Double Chocolate Stout mixed with raw egg
- BLOODY BREW – Smirnoff vodka, Racer 5 Indian Pale Ale and a few dashes of T-Rex’s hot sauce
- MONACO – Franziskaner, crème de cassis, topped with 7-up
- “LITE BEER” – Pabst Blue Ribbon topped with soda water
- BUSINESS AS USUAL – Full Sail Session’s Premium Lager and 7-up
- BLACK VELVET – Murphy’s Irish Stout and prosecco
- MICHALADA – Grupo Modelo Corona Extra, lime juice with a salt rim
- SUNDAY MORNING – Campari, orange juice, Woodchuck hard apple cider

One warning ... it's a few hours later and I'm still exuding an 'eau de BBQ smoke' ... and I don't like that hungry look in the cat's eye when she looks at me.

Well … Global warming has been changing the climate … could it be that T-Rex is back from extinction?

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