The food at this restaurant is delicious and stands entirely on its own. When our office was located in the Grove, we ordered takeout from Berries for years, going back to when the only thing they did was sandwich and dessert wraps. I don’t know the history behind their transition from that to the wonderfully expanded menu that they have now, but the transformation has been amazing and very successful. Although their food still travels well and you don’t have to go there to partake of the deliciousness, it’s really worth the effort.
The inside of the restaurant is unimpressive, but the outside patio is delightful….nothing overdone, just cozy and comfortable…a great place to meet someone at the bar for happy hour or a perfect dinner destination. When it’s cold out, they having heaters that make it so toasty I could stay there talking with friends over drinks and appetizers for hours. The last time I did this we shared fried calamari, steamed mussels and an order of hummus and everything was perfect.
It isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the price of admission. The grilled salmon is delicious. I don’t normally like to order fish at non-seafood restaurants, but I can almost guarantee that if I order salmon medium rare, even for delivery, I’m going to get exactly what I ask for. The skirt steak with scalloped potatoes and asparagus is always a hit. There are also dishes you can’t find everywhere like pumpkin ravioli and hand cut potato gnocchi.
Berries seems like it’s better suited to the heart of the Grove or even South Beach. It’s in the oddest location for what it is…27th Avenue and walking distance to nowhere! But that’s just fine by me because that keeps it from being a tourist destination. The minute that changes my fear is that the prices will go up and the quality will go down, so I hope it stays just where it is and just the way it is…perfect every time.