Brennan’ Restaurant & Sports Bar 700 University Ave./4th St. Reminiscent of a shamrock, this Berkeley institution’s dark green interior is dominated by an enormous rectangular bar. Opened nearby in 1959, it is now situated inside a former Southern Pacific train station. The dining room features track-side arched windows providing the bonus of permitting diners to witness a train rumble by every now and then. Large-screen TVs are tuned perpetually to sporting events. Usually crowded and sometimes boisterous, this hof brau has a variety of beers and microbrews on tap and is furnished with decidedly untrendy Formica tables. The menu consists of generous portions of hof brau-style hand-carved, freshly roasted meat and potatoes, and each night has its hot-plate special. Hot sandwiches come with made-from-scratch mashed potatoes smothered in gravy, and side dishes include tasty stuffing, macaroni salad, potato salad, and coleslaw. More than 24 taps dispense mostly local craft brews. Service is cafeteria-style: pick a table, wait in line, chow down.