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Cafe Rouge, Eccolo at Fourth St. Jazz Fest

chocolatetartguy | May 22, 2006 08:10 PM

This festival was a benefit for the Berkeley High Jazz program and the music was very good, but I was there for the food. I walked down 5 blocks for lunch.

Cafe Rouge was grilling baby backribs and a mild housemade Calebrese-like sausage. The ribs were to die for, juicy with a nice char. From bite to bite, I couldn't decide which was better: plain off the grill or with the slightly catsupy, slightly bitter bbq sauce. I have two orders sitting in my frig so maybe I will be able to decide later in the week. The sausage was obviously made from good ingredients but not that notable. It was perked up by the mild slaw they served with the ribs and the made to order flatbread. They also had cheap oysters on the half shell.

Eccolo served their bollito misto and a pan-fried chicken sandwich with a gremolata-like salsa and a hot chili oil. The bollito misto was very good as usual, moist and just fatty enough. Anything doused with the olive oil based gremolata would be good for me.

There were also booths from Tacubaya, Spenger's, Bette's and the Canned Food Store (who had some sort of tasty dried salami).

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