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Broken Drum Brewery & Wood Grill
1132 4th St.
San Rafael, CA

WiFido hot spot

What kind of half pint doesn't like pub grub? Not me. When I wanted to beat the heat, I hit the drum.

Friendly and efficient.

It's a casual, sunny pub with indoor, bar and outdoor seating. It's mostly a crowd in their 20's and 30's. Many bring their dogs and tie them up outside the perimeter. It's a WiFi hotspot so you get some laptop squatters, but for the most part, it's beer drinkers who want a burger.

Drum Burger ($8.50):
A half pound, Angus beef patty, ordered medium rare, arrived rare. The usual tomato, lettuce, and onions were served alongside. I thought that it would be a good test to see if a burger ordered without any additional items (i.e. cheese, mushrooms, etc.) would taste good. I should have ordered the cheese. Luckily, I had the foresight to order my fries done extra crispy. Unluckily, I ordered the garlic fries. They take ordinary fries and put clumps of lightly cooked, grated garlic on top. So you get these wet lumps of garlic sitting there with no melty cheese to meld them together.

Black and Bleu ($9.25): (side salad additional)
This was the thing to order. Tangy Danish Blue cheese added the needed zing to balance out the flavors of this sandwich. The side salad was okay, I liked the pieces of jicima, but the dressing was a little too sweet for my taste. Fries are a better option.


One and a half carrots out of four

Although the cheeseburger was fine, I wouldn't make a special trip to come here, but it's a handy spot if you're waiting for a movie at the Rafael Theatre (a couple doors down.) Seems like a lot of folks come here for the beer, WiFi, the sunny patio, and the bring your dog to the pub factor.



Broken Drum Bathroom Rating:
Segregated restrooms on one side of the restaurant and one unisex room on the other. It's difficult to maintain a bathroom in a brewery because folks are drinking a lot of beer and getting stupid (check out the tagging on the mirror.) Taking into consideration that this is a pub, it's clean and well stocked.

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