Awhile back I had some back and forth
about Meal Ticket on San Pablo in Berkeley.
I was saying that I liked Jimmy Bean's and
heard from others that Meal Ticket was
preferable. I believe one person said that
JB's portions were too small, as well.
So I went to Meal Ticket with expectations.
My husband, son and I thought it was OK.
Hubby had a burger that was fine, but nothing more. Taste, OK. Presentation, blah. Son had a BLT that paled in comparison to Gilman Grill's BLT. (Gilman grill uses crusty Acme sourdough
toast and lots of thick bacon. Meal Ticket's
was below average. They used lots of
spring mix on the BLT itself and little bacon.)
We also had homefries, which were nothing
more than dried out pieces of potato that
were way underseasoned. Fine if they don't want
to use onion, but there was nothing savory about
them. We received very little of them, which was
not a bad thing in this case. I had the Po'boy special, and it was good - particularly the red slaw, but the rest of the food was so average that it did not redeem the meal for me.
Now, I saw other plates go by that looked
very good. Did we catch Meal Ticket at
a bad time? Are there good things on the
menu there? Suggestions? Even very good
places have "bombs" on their menus. Maybe
we just hit a few of them.