Ben and Nick’s

On College Ave slightly south of the Rockridge BART station. Ben and Nick’s is pub of the old-beer-advertisements-on-the-wall variety. The highlight my experience there was the framed “PBR Wall Calendar” from the 50’s with the “Blue Ribbon Girl of the Month.” It made PBR seem so clean and pure, compared to those slut beers like Miller High Life.

The food was standard California pub grub, nothing particularly special. I had the “Nicken Sandwich” which was served on white bread, and I’m not sure I could have changed that. The default salty side-dish is tortilla chips — fries are extra. I probably should have gotten the fries, since ketchup and tortilla chips just don’t seem to go well together. The whole thing was not very greasy though, which was a big plus in my book.

All in all, not a place I would go out of my way to visit, but if you happen to be in the area and want to grab a beer, you could probably do much worse.

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