|entrance to Westbrae Biergarten in Berkeley, California|
If you adore German beer gardens, you’re going to enjoy this American version. Spread out over the grounds of a former nursery, Westbrae Biergarten is entirely outdoors, with gravel on the ground and a children’s play area/sand box in the back. BART runs by almost overhead. Place your order, pick up your beer, and select from an array of long communal picnic tables. Seating in Adirondack chairs around a fire pit is also an option. Diners tend to fill up the table ends first, but there is usually room in the middle to squeeze in between. Food is prepared in a truck kitchen. The item to order here is the super-flavorful Brazilian tri-tip sandwich, which I like to share with my dining mate along with a veggie salad. The menu is simple: pick your meat—tri tip steak, linguica sausage, chicken chipotle, pork carnitas, or veggie—then select the style—as sandwich, salad, or rice plate. Seasoned fries and bacon-wrapped chicken bites are also available and served with a pesto aioli and spicy red-pepper sauce. Another option is a barbecue truck. An array of beers are on tap, my constant fave being the Berkeley-brewed Trumer Pils, and draught wine and bottled or canned cider is available. Service consists of food delivery to the table and removal of used items, and it is both efficient and done with a smile. Should you get chilled, you can buy a logo hoodie for $35. Before or after, browse the adjacent nursery.
|order counter at Westbrae Biergarten in Berkeley, California|
|barbecue counter at Westbrae Biergarten in Berkeley, California|
|famous tri-tip sandwich at Westbrae Biergarten in Berkeley, California|
|veggie salad at Westbrae Biergarten in Berkeley, California|
|communal tables at Westbrae Biergarten in Berkeley, California|
|kids' sandbox at Westbrae Biergarten in Berkeley, California|
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