Juan's Place, an infamous Berkeley California institution serving good Mexican food for at least the last 30 years. At least that is how long I have been going to Juan's. I actually remember having beers with Juan in the bar learning Spanish profanity. It has been a hangout for University of California students and locals for ever. Sometimes you forget about your comfort food hangouts. It was time to revisit Juan's and have a plate of Chile Verde. As some of you readers may know, We are on a quest to find the Holy Grail of chile verde. Juan's delivers a beautiful plate of stewed green chile and cubes of pork. This plate, has tender cubes of seasoned pork shoulder swimming in a pool of slightly hot green chili love. It is comfort food that satisfies.
Juan's has the usual Mexican menu items. The servers are very quick. They have been around for awhile and have mastered the art of good service. Chips, flour and corn and two types of salsa are brought to the table. Ask your server for hot salsa and a oily red chili death bomb will be delivered. Once you have sampled the chili sauces, there is a bar to quench your thirst. Speaking of bars. If you are in Berkeley you might as well visit another Berkeley icon,Brennan's.
Brennan's is a Hof-Brau with a large bar. Irish Coffees are the drink of choice. Brennan's was recently forced to re-locate. The new place is smaller but keeps the same ambiance and feel of the older Brennan's. The Irish Coffees are just as I remembered. Oh Wow!
941 Carleton St
Berkeley, CA 94710-2636
700 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710-1924