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Brennan’ Restaurant & Sports Bar  700 University Ave./4th St.  Reminiscent of a shamrock, this Berkeley institution’s dark green interior is dominated by an enormous rectangular bar.  Opened nearby in 1959, it is now situated inside a former Southern Pacific train station.  The dining room features track-side arched windows providing the bonus of permitting diners to witness a train rumble by every now and then.  Large-screen TVs are tuned perpetually to sporting events.  Usually crowded and sometimes boisterous, this hof brau has a variety of beers and microbrews on tap and is furnished with decidedly untrendy Formica tables.  The menu consists of generous portions of hof brau-style hand-carved, freshly roasted meat and potatoes, and each night has its hot-plate special.  Hot sandwiches come with made-from-scratch mashed potatoes smothered in gravy, and side dishes include tasty stuffing, macaroni salad, potato salad, and coleslaw.  More than 24 taps dispense mostly local craft brews.  Service is cafeteria-style:  pick a table, wait in line, chow down. 

 

 

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