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‘Comfortable’ setting elevates experience

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By Isaac Resendiz, Advocate Staff

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In 1591 Solano Avenue in Albany sits a pleasant burger joint with a social, family friendly approach and a great atmosphere where customers can enjoy big, delicious burgers at a reasonable price.

Barney’s Gourmet Burgers is a crowded, yet comfortable restaurant.

Customers are able to take refuge from the busy avenue and indulge themselves with a meal from Barney’s large menu.

The menu contains a variety of burgers, fries, hot dogs, salads, sodas, milkshakes and malts.

Barney’s establishes an atmosphere that invites family and friends to sit in booth-styled seats and engage in conversation all while enjoying a meal.

Despite the highly social environment this is definitely not the place to bring someone for a first date.

This is due to the crowded area and the large amount of distracting conversations and chatter from customers and cooks.

However it is a great place to buy and share a milkshake or malt while walking up Solano.

I had lunch at Barney’s, which was a satisfying time for me and to my empty, aching stomach.

During this visit I started with the “Barney’s Salad,” a crunchy salad with various ingredients including beans, sprouts and olives topped off with a vinaigrette dressing.

I had it with a delicious ginger ale soda, which married both to make a tasty appetizer.

For the main course I ordered the one-pound “Big Barney’s Burger” with a side of very crisp, thin, aromatic truffle fries and a blackberry malt that tasted divine.

Within 10 minutes my table had received all of the dishes.

I was expecting the burger to be served on a more rounded bread roll, but this enormous hunk of ground beef came on a rectangular roll with the patty and cheese hanging off the side.

It made it the most visually unappealing dish on the table.

Let’s just say that I had to ask for a to-go box at the end of my meal.

What really made the afternoon stand out was the ambiance of the restaurant.

Barney’s has large windows providing ample natural lighting and a welcoming and relaxing setting, I was able to get comfortable and enjoy my food in peace.

As a result, through the gloomy clouds and the pouring rain of that afternoon, I had a exceptionally bright afternoon.

Overall, I spent $40 on a meal that was good, but not the best.

For anyone looking for a comfortable dining experience with quality, classic American food, this is a solid spot.

Even though the meal wasn’t the best I would definitely go to Barney’s again.

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  1. Mr. H. on March 2nd, 2017 9:53 pm

    Great review of a great burger place. Next time be sure to try either the teriyaki burger with pineapple or the hickory bbq burger, and don’t miss the garlic ranch dressing that comes with the regular fries (not so sure about this truffle fry trend). Keep up the great work, Isaac!

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