September 29, 2010

Berkeley: Slow (CLOSED); restaurant review

80 North

Slow  CLOSED  1966 University Ave./Milvia St., downtown, (510) 647-FOOD (3663). L-D M-Sat; $. No reservations.

Slow is what the cooking is at this counter-service restaurant (you can see the chefs at work while you place your order). Fast is what the service and in-out time are. Of course, if the weather is nice enough to permit sitting out at one of the picnic tables on the enchanting hidden back patio surrounded by a mature rose garden, you’ll want to slow down . . . and smell the roses. Seating in the narrow yellow interior is on stools at two long bars (made with wood reclaimed from an 1822 railroad tunnel) on either side wall. The menu is small, but the tastes are big, and local organic ingredients are used when possible. The moderately priced menu changes periodically but currently offers braised boneless short ribs with creamy polenta and delicious cooked carrots, a pulled pork sandwich, linguini with arugula-walnut pesto, a portobello mushroom stuffed with mashed eggplant, and for dessert--a fruit cobbler or oversize cookie. A good drink choice is lemonade with tiny diced fruit bits for flavor. Curbside pickup for takeout is available, as well as grab-and-go lunchtime selections. All serveware is compostable.

More things to do in Berkeley.

Way more thing to do in Berkeley. 

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image ©2010 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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