If hungry mouths are left unfed for too long, restless teeth will inevitably begin uncontrollably gnawing on everything in sight, from telephone poles to Grandma's leg. Today's Groupon helps you avert disaster while taming a thirsty tongue in the process: for $15, you get $30 worth of global pub fare and drinks at Meridian Sports Café in downtown Berkeley.
Meridian's seasonal menu draws inspiration from global bar bites made from all-natural and locally grown ingredients. Start with an order of bacon mac ‘n’ cheese with buttered panko ($8) or the almond-breaded cod fingers served with jalapeño tartar sauce ($12). For a refreshing post-triathlon meal, opt for the togarashi ahi-tuna niçoise salad with capers, tomatoes, Humboldt fog, and sesame-orange vinaigrette ($14) or quell carnivorous cravings with an all-natural beef burger served with cheddar or blue cheese ($9). The grilled bangers and mash ($13) will evoke sweet childhood memories of playing hopscotch outside the smoky pubs of Bangladesh and also will serve as a delicious stomach stretcher for a third course of sticky toffee pudding ($6) or a house-made ice-cream sandwich with mocha sauce ($6).
Sidle up to the solid-oak bar and soak in a must-see badminton tournament on Meridian's 110-inch projector, while sipping on one of their 24 seasonal beers on tap. With free WiFi and valet bike parking, Meridian makes a convenient post-newspaper-delivering pit stop or a cozy place to curl up in front of the fireplace for a romantic Skype date with your Latvian lover. Limber up after a shift of working stiff during weekday happy hours (4 p.m.–6 p.m.), when beers are $4, wines are $2 off, and spirits are soaring higher than a car parked on Old Faithful.
- The steak frites ($19) was perfect - a hanger steak well grilled outside, pink and juicy inside, with a balanced Worcestershire demi-glace, spinach and duck fat fries. And the sous vide chicken ($16) hit all the right spots, too, exquisitely tender and crisp, its truffle sauce right on. – Carol Ness, San Francisco Chronicle
- The first thing you notice when you walk into Meridian is how lofty and open it is. Huge ceilings with well-adjusted acoustics allow you to hear more of the sports commentary rumbling from the dozen or so flat screen TVs around the bar and less of the monotonous din that hangs ominously over many a crowded watering hole. I sit down to a friendly and attentive bar staff that asks me to choose from 24 beers on draft, mostly regional microbrews. – Brad Japhe, A Hamburger Today
- I love the beer selection and the Steak Frites is awesome. – Harry E., Yelp
2050 University Ave.
Berkeley, California 94704Get Directions