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June 15, 2010 > Restaurant Review: Adrienne! Rocky's Charcoal Grill is where it's at

Restaurant Review: Adrienne! Rocky's Charcoal Grill is where it's at

By Shavon Walker

Rocky's Charcoal Grill in San Leandro, looks like a quaint little nondescript place you'd stop in for a quick lunch. A handful of tables and menu posted on the wall for easy reference fits, but that's where the similarity ends.

One of the best things about Rocky's is the condiments bar, la more expensive burger places. Some people hate the idea of a do-it-yourself condiment bar, but I love putting fresh, crisp lettuce and cool, tangy pickles on my burger. Besides, they're vegetables - I'm just getting in my daily quota.

Dimitri Martinez, Rocky's manager, opened the restaurant three years ago with 25 years of experience behind him. He works with his son and father - all know that to make a business work, everyone has to pitch in. "Everyone does everything that needs to be done," said Dimitri. He then told me about his cooking experience; "I used to cater for Stanford University," he said. "They were very picky about their food."

This strict attention to detail has paid off for Tri-City area diners; at Rocky's you get a burger grilled to order. Beef for the flame broiled burgers comes from Painted Hills, a ranch specializing in natural, hormone-free cattle.

Not only does Rocky's serve burgers, but the menu includes sandwiches, dinners, sides like fried mushrooms and zucchini, and drinks. My dining companion and I decided to go in two different directions with our orders.

I chose the Vasyburger (sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, and tomato), grilled medium-well. With the first bite, I had a sudden flashback of summer barbecues with my friends in the backyard. It was then that I realized the second great thing about Rocky's - all of their burgers are charcoal grilled. This gives them an amazing flavor you can't find anywhere outside of a cookout.

Instead of fries, I ordered fried zucchini sticks; Rocky's didn't let me down. They were scrumptious, served straight out of the fryer with a side of ranch dressing. Deep-fried mushrooms were served the same way and absolutely delicious.

My companion decided to order a rib dinner. When she lifted one off her plate to share with me, we were pleased to note that the meat slid right off the bone, tender and perfectly done. The flavor of the meat took a star role and it was definitely tasty.

Last but not least, we ordered a couple of shakes. Rocky's has many flavors and will gladly combine flavors to your specifications. I picked a peanut butter and chocolate shake, with real peanuts. It was like eating a peanut butter cup in shake form; much better than anything I have ordered at specialty ice cream places,

Rocky's Charcoal Grill is a definite "yes" when looking for good food and good prices. Grab a couple of friends, order a few burgers and enjoy the condiment bar. It'll be one of the best lunches you ever had.

Reviewed on 5/25/2010

Rocky's Charcoal Grill
300 W Estudillo Ave., San Leandro
(between Clarke St & Harrison St)
(510) 351-6228

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