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The Patio (Berkeley)

mty | Jun 22, 2005 07:32 PM

The Patio has gotten a couple of mentions here before about its beer selection, Primati-style sandwiches, chili, and jambalya.

So I assembled a group of drinkers for happy hour and maybe we'd get around to eat.

There were five beers on tap, Boont, a couple IPAs, something, and Guinness. Lots of quality bottled beers including some Trappist ales I'm not familiar with. I never have Guinness at places like this and the one pour I saw looked awful.

I'll skip the boozing and go ahead to the food. Someone got a big plate of fries to share. Pale, slightly crispy, not double fried.

As fate would have it, we all ended up ordering jambalaya. It comes with salad dressed with ranch and, oddly enough, garlic bread made from the house buns used for the burgers. It's a great bread for burgers. The jambalaya is nothing like what I've had in New Orleans. Very big chunks of sausage (think like a quarter link each and there was more than one link's worth), poached shrimp stirred in at the last minute (it doesn't overcook but doesn't absorb any flavors), strips of green pepper (not a dice), and very soupy. In fact, the rice had broken up and become mushy. Decent heat and spicing but strangely sweet. Very tomato-ey with chunks of canned tomato. Overall, it was a large portion and tasted good, but not authentic and left me scratching my head a bit. My friends who try to think less didn't mind it at all.

Another thing to consider is that the patio is screened off from Dwight Way but occasionally someone will walk up and start yelling agressively at the people sitting inside. Typical Telegraph, but some may be put off by this.

Does anyone remember this space as Kim's Burritos? Those were the Dark Ages for Mexican food.

2525 Dwight Way
Berkeley

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