This was my first visit to The Refuge. It is located on Laurel St. in San Carlos, Ca. My son recommended it to me, since he took his girlfriend there recently, and enjoyed the experience. We went early on a Wed. evening and therefore the crowds and noise were at a minimum. The service was good, we were seated right away, and the atmosphere was friendly. First off, the beer list is amazing. Over 10 beers on tap and 100 bottled are available. The list is available upon request. Our food came up very quickly and both of us enjoyed our selections. I had a Reuben and my wife had a Pastrami-burger with fries. We also ordered the pickle plate and a side order of cold slaw. The Reuben was thick sliced and a little salty, but as I am a guy from N.Y. and use to great Pastrami, this was quite passable. My wife’s Pastrami-burger was more than she could handle. We wound up taking some home. Their pastrami is made on site. The garlic fries are outstanding, but if I had to do it over again, I’d pass on the pickle plate. Yes, it’s a little over priced, but well worth it. We tried Saul’s in Berkeley a few weeks ago and believe me, this place is better.
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