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Kirsten Armstrong | Aug 3, 200208:38 PM     3

Had my first meal out in the new neighborhood last night. I didn't want to worry about driving after a long day of heavy furniture lifting and way too many sets of stairs, so I walked down the street to the Kensington Circus Pub (Colusa Ave and Park Blvd).

What nice people!

Upon hearing that we were the new neighbors, the barkeep and owner bought us our first round of beers! The barkeeper's 11 year old daughter came over to welcome us to the neighborhood and introduce herself.

After tasting a number of choices, we settled on the Drakes IPA from San Leandro. Light, almost citrusy, and very yummy.

I ordered the pesto chicken sandwich which came on focaccia-like bread. It was a bit drippy but full of flavor and hit the spot. The chicken was nice and moist. The guy next to me at the bar said it was his favorite thing at the pub.

Hannah had the garden burger. She says it was "really good". It apparently had good flavor and didn't taste too much like wheat.

Sara joined us in time for our second round of beers and ordered the spicy turkey sausage (from Orinda) with mashed potatos. This was recommended as the spicy dish (rather than the sweet dish) and she was happy with the choice. Unfortunatly, they were out of mashed potatos.

Saved some room for dessert at Scott's (the bartender's) urging. Also on the house, we were served a hot toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. To say this was delicious is an understatement. It was sort of a warm bread pudding texture, dark, infused with moist toffee. The first bite was a huge surprise. I'm used to mellow flavored puddings that don't do much for my palate. This was super flavorful and rich and blew away all three of us. The ice cream was a perfect compliment.

At the end of the night, having had a Caeser salad, two sandwiches, spicy sausage, 5 beers, and an amazing dessert, our tab came to $16. Needless to say, we left a large tip.

I like this side of the Bay already.

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