Juan's Place - Berkeley


#1

My dining companion wanted old-school Mexican, so we went to Juan’s Place.

They have Negra Modello on tap for I think $4 a pint (cheaper than pitchers), delicious, so much better than the bottled version. I might stop in to the bar just for that.

The prices are so low that I made the mistake of getting a full order of nachos with the optional shredded beef, which is a huge amount of food. They also brought both corn and flour tortilla chips while we were waiting, and then refills, so I ended up stuffed and took most of the beef home. Good texture and flavor, though I would have spicier salsa (which someone on Chowhound said they have by request). I think my companion’s chile verde plate was a better choice. Beans were very good.

The food was definitely better than the last time I ate there, which was at least ten years ago. I’d say it’s on a par with Mexicali Rose, though the menu’s more limited.


#2

Was shredded beef the only optional meat topping for the nachos?


#3

You could choose other meats.


#4

Glad to hear it. Juan’s was a favorite of my family back in the '70s, and I haven’t been there in at least a couple of decades…so it’s nice to know they’re still (or again?) good.


#5

Last time I went to Juan’s was several years ago after meeting a plumber at my house. I had the crab enchiladas which were an old favorite. They didn’t seem to have much crab. I do remember liking the chips and salsa though. The plumbers were there eating too!