Originally posted by tiki
Originally posted by Richard Brooks Alba
Here you go:
941 Carleton St
Berkeley, CA 94710-2636
Phone: (510) 845-6904
I hadn't heard of it, but I'll try to drop by for a visit/review!
Wonderful!---looking for ward to it!
Tiki, et al.,
Went to Juan's & here's my 2 cents: on a scale of 1 [run for your life] to 10 [MY last meal on death row would be catered by this place], I'd give Juan's a 3. And that's only because the staff was so personable.
I made the mistake of ordering one of the nightly specials - ribs. I was fully anticipating Mexican-style braised ribs in a savory sauce - something that had been properly cooked for a long time. To my consternation and disappointment, I was brought a plate full of bbq-styled ribs, plainly boiled, and finished in a tinny-tasting sauce. (Now, when was last time any of you got a tinny barbecue sauce?). I ate 'em because I was hungry...and because I half hoped that there would be some smidgen of savory-tasting meat somewhere on them bones. The rice was decent, the beans like lead, and the salsa? Not exactly a character-filled concoction - sorta like salsa-flavored tomato sauce. This meal would have been sad even in some chain joint like Chevy's or Carlos Murphy's or any of those other franchises that are dream-based and not cuisine-based.
I looked at the other dishes being served up, and none of them captured my fancy - if I should ever go back, it would only be for research's sake: just to verify that I didn't get some statistical glitch of a meal, and perhaps find out that the other stuff is better than it looks.
I feel less bad about the food in the Mission* - for what that's worth....
* we've had a number of Yucatecan places open up with the recent wave of Mayas arriving in the City, and I even scored some fine 'panuchos' [like a tostada made with a delicate bean-filled tortilla] in a coffee shop just yesterday.
P.S. I'm not sure what to make of the confusion between the pro- and anti- 'Frisco' factions...there seems to be a fundamental problem of understanding history and the importance of location to naming conventions. Here are some reminders:
- San Francisco has been called 'Frisco' for over 150 years now - the name isn't going away.
- San Franciscans, whether locally born or 'adopted' sons & daughters, have been insecure about their city's reputation for nearly as long.
- Herb Caen [the late 'local' columnist & bon vivant], the leading voice against calling this burg 'Frisco,' was from Sacramento.
- No one who lives in San Francisco generally tells anyone outside the region that they live in 'the City' - but that's [generally] what they tell others here in the region [and, logically following that practice, South San Francisco is known, locally, as 'South City'].
- Because of their insecurity (and/or their inability to cope with multiple names for the same place), the not-necessarily-newly-arrived have dutifully followed, and repeated, the admonishment of civic booster Citizen Caen to not call it 'Frisco' as proof of their being locals in this city - a city that would boot out those critical ones who would disagree with the sentiment that this is the best city in the country/world/universe.
- an additional tweek: Spanish-speaking locals often call this place 'San Pancho'....