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Rick and Ann's, Berkeley

sundeck sue | Aug 9, 2013 10:14 AM

Haven't been in donkey's years (and don't see a Chow thread that's remotely recent). Dim recollection that we'd been disappointed the last visit by a comfort food meal (chicken pie? think so, though can't recall what wasn't up to speed about it).

Went last night, very last minute (couldn't even get it together to assemble the Cobb salad ingredients sitting in the fridge--one of those days).

The joint was jumpin'. A group of young women at the big table, singing Happy Birthday to one of their party. An elderly gentleman (respectfully called Dr. [name] by his two attendants) in a wheelchair. It was after 9, so the families with small children had long gone, but there were parents w/ older kids and some young couples. Many regulars, we judged by the overheard patter.

Service was friendly and efficient, as I'd remembered.

My husband and I both ordered burgers. There's so much buzz these days about trendy new spots with fab burgers. We both thought Rick and Ann's was right up there--very tasty, perfectly cooked to the medium-rare we'd requested, a great roll. And with a leaf of lettuce and slice of in-season tomato and good pickles and ketchup and mayo, a very fine sandwich, indeed.

Points off for fries ($1.50 extra, substituted for a meh potato salad). I had a memory of fabulous fries here, a mountain of them, skinny, light, salty, perfectly cooked. In current reality, they were not bad, but nothing special, tilting to the heavy/soggy side.

Speaking of which, while the flavor of the dressing was nice, heavy/soggy would be the main description of my husband's Caesar salad.

Good beer selection (settled on Boont Amber).

All in all, a lousy day, rescued. And we'll be back sooner than the last time.

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