Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of hearty pub fare at Brennan's Restaurant, located in Berkeley.
Currently run by the third generation of Brennan-family gourmands, this friendly, hofbrau-style restaurant flaunts a hearty menu of comforting fare. Celebrate the recent invention of cutlery with a hand-carved sandwich, such as the barbecue beef brisket dressed with horseradish and tomato on your choice of bread ($7.25). Or, show respect for mankind's only innate talent—rhythm—by drumming a turkey leg and explicitly writing why you respect rhythm using accompanying mashed potatoes, vegetables, and a roll ($8.95). Fresh potato salad ($2.50) prevents bellies from enduring saddening spud famines, while decadent desserts such as Mrs. Brennan's custard ($1.95) and bread pudding with raisins ($1.95) stop sweet teeth from elongating into angry fangs.
Brennan's Restaurant is nestled in the historic Southern Pacific Railroad building, its windows bordered by the large arches of the original train station's exterior breezeway. Eight LCD big-screen televisions entertain feasting spectators with frequent sports games, and a high-ceilinged dining area beckons patrons to test out newly constructed napkin airplanes.
- Stepping into one of the last true Hofbraus, we gather up ourselves a cafeteria tray, utensils, and napkins and gaze into the vast menu of beef, pork, turkey, pie, and Jello! – David N., Yelp, 8/16/10
- when only a hot-dipped or open-faced sandwich will do. old-school building and crowd. – a TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook, TripAdvisor