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EB Sports bar with NFL network and passable food?

Not too far from Berkeley. I tried Brennan's which has the food, but evidently not the cable channel.

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  1. Have you tried the Willie Mays place in Emeryville or Pyramid? If you're looking for the Niner game tomorrow, I think it's also on UPN so anybody w/ basic cable should have it.

    I've been looking for a decent sportsbar in the EB for a long time. There's a place in El Cerrito w/ a banner that says 3 large plasma TVs -- but haven't checked it out yet.

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      1. re: lmnopm

        They were indeed showing the Texans-Broncos game last night on the TV. (NFL network).

        1. re: lmnopm

          T-Rex definitely does (though you'll likely have to get there early to get a good view of the game), and I bet Barclays on College Ave in Oakland does too.

          1. re: JasmineG

            Barclay's has three tv's with plenty of viewing spots. The tap list is fantastic. I have had so-so luck with the food. We tend to stick to burgers, fries and the soup of the day. The fish and chips can be great, but it is a crap shoot.

        2. re: kc72

          I'm looking for the Brady/Moss show on NFL network, which isn't on basic cable. Last Sunday all the sets at Brennan's were showing the Niners, but they must have NFL network because the Broncos were on last night when I went in to check out the specials.

          1. re: chocolatetartguy

            ic.. the Pats aren't scheduled for NFL for another 2 weeks -- good luck finding a place. It'll be the heart of college bowl season also.

            I'm including a link for a place that has the Pats on their events calendar. I've never been there, but it was recommended to me during the Warriors playoff run.

            http://www.englanderpub.com/events/#

            1. re: kc72

              If this is the Englanders that is in Dublin, the food is terrible. Lots of tv's and good beer selection but food is not the reason to go there.

              1. re: baseballfan

                I think the link I included was in San Leandro -- not sure if they have multiple locations.

              2. re: kc72

                The Englander has plenty of screens but the food can be dreadful. Despite its name, the fish and chips are terrible. Stick to sandwiches and burgers.

                I was going to mention Ricky's in San Leandro but it's a Raiders sports bar and rooting for NE there might not be a good idea.

                1. re: PorkButt

                  haha.. I was going to mention Ricky's also for their typical, greasy sportsbar food.

                  but the OP wouldn't want to be rooting for Moss in there.

          2. Seems to be an on-going discussion/problem about decent food and TVs to watch a game in the EB. Places either have decent food or watchable TVs...but not both.

            T-Rex has good food but not such great viewing. Pyramid has a couple of nice new flat panels over the bar area but they never play the sound. Looney's has a huge projection system but it's awkward to watch except from the mezzanine, and it's not comfortable (food is debatable). I've never been to Willie's Skybox but heard really, really mixed reviews - posh, nice but weird menu and weird service.

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            1. re: ML8000

              If you can get a seat at the bar, T-Rex is actually great for viewing. Although I've made my mixed feelings about their food pretty well known, I still go there because I can't think of a better place to watch a game over dinner and their food is miles above Pyramid. One of the bartenders (Julia? She's got short brown hair..) is a walking baseball encyclopedia and hilarious to boot.

            2. This is a no brainer..... the Stadium Pub in Walnut Creek has more TVs and games than you can imagine. Food is pub food but pretty good.

              1. Has anyone been to Linguini's in Alameda on Park St?

                1. No longer football season (for which I am personally grateful) but having been at Ricky's at 3 AM for the last two days while watching the A's in Tokyo, I can report that their omelets are quite good. The accompanying potatoes were excellent home fries yesterday and rather average hash browns today. Very nice, friendly service.

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                  Ricky's Sports Theater & Grill
                  15028 Hesperian Blvd, San Leandro, CA 94578

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                  1. re: Nina

                    Thanks for the tip! I am in awe of your devotion to the A's (I only taped the games, and when I woke up in the middle of the night I turned on the radio until I fell asleep again).

                    As for Linguini's -- it's worth checking out. There's also a sports bar-type place in Alameda called Scobies, but it gets completely trashed on yelp (although their comments have more to do with the atmosphere and the "scene" than the food and the sports). McGee's is a good place to watch a game, but aside from the bar-type food (fries, wings, etc.), which is passable, the food I've had has been dreadful -- worst hamburger I ever had. It's possible, though, that the "specials" might be good (housemade instead of Sysco). I've been curious about their Sunday morning Irish breakfast.

                    1. re: Nina

                      My fave -- they used to even cover Formula I Gran Prix races in the European venues! Was rated Sports Illustrated #2 Sports Bar in America
                      "Finding the Perfect Sports Bar" (February 7, 2005).