Caffe Venezia: Delicioso!
Great food; decor is funky--there is a fountain in the middle of the restaurant; there is a clothesline with clothes strung across one side of the restaurant, giving one the feeling that you are sitting alfresco on a small side street in Italy...service is good.
Favorite Dish: Had a prix fixe dinner--$22 for three courses:
* shaved fennel salad; * arugula fettucine w/ three kinds of mushrooms tossed w/ spinach, garlic and white truffle oil; * chocolate gelato w/ Tuscan cookies. Delicious red wine (yummmmm.....)
Shen Hua: Good Chinese Food in Rockridge
Good food, lively atmosphere (a bit on the loud side, but lively nonetheless!), great drinks.
Favorite Dish: Spicy fried squid; sizzling rice soup; gai lan (not with plain oyster sauce, but a flavorful delicious sauce); chow fun; everything I've had there is good.
La Burrita: Best place to eat on the North Side of campus
This was the best place to eat on the north side of Berkeley. For $3 you can get a filling meal (with all 4 of the basic food groups). And it was only a few steps away from the Computer Science lab. They got a good tasty menu and the restuarant always makes it on to the city's "Best of Berkeley" list. Also listed as one of the healthiest places to eat in Berkeley.
Favorite Dish: $3.49 Grilled Chicken Burrito. It's big. Baja Fresh sells the same sized burrito for $7. I'd eat it at around 5pm and it would hold me for lunch and dinner on most days. Go easy on the beans if you were like me and planned to be sitting in the lab for a few hours (hazardous gas can build up).
- Study Abroad
Liaison Bistro: French food for the soul
What can I say? Marveilleux! The spot chosen to celebrate my brother-in-law's 50th birthday. Delicious French food, a wonderful, lively ambiance.
Favorite Dish: I LOVED my boef bourginion. I know, it's just beef stew. But it was parfait, absolutment! Mark, however, had something else terrific: sole stuffed with crab, in a cream sauce. Mmmmm.
Hua-Hin: Best Egg Rolls Ever
Best egg rolls ever! I ate here twice and wasn’t too impressed with my entrees, but the egg rolls are magnificent. My friend who eats here all the time also recommends the mango salad. The interior is really funky and modern, and it has a huge skylight, track lighting, and a water wall. The waitstaff is extremely nice and accommodating.
Favorite Dish: Egg roll appetizer.
- Women's Travel
- Budget Travel
The Xocolate Bar: Chocolates and More
The Xocolate Bar offers a variety of chocolates, gelato and edible art for sale. The edible art includes a redreation of the Mayan Calendar, Kama Sutra Tiles, and more. The chocolates are made without trans fat and with an eye towards your health so you do not need to feel so bad when you indulge.
Favorite Dish: It's all good!
Intermezzo Cafe: Humongous Salads and Sandwiches!
If you've had enough road food, stop in at Intermezzo for a gigantic salad. The half-sandwich, half-salad combo is more than enough to feed the biggest appetites. It can get pretty crowded around lunch time, but the wait is worth it. This place has been around for at least 20 years and is a well known, well loved institution of Telegraph Ave.
Celia's: A Mini VT Get Together -- An Aftershock, If You Wi
We had a tiny VT get together for afternoon cocktails on 6 February, 2003. The event was a small aftershock from the giant SF VT blowout of the previous weekend. Hasan (hassanhanks) was in Berkeley for three days for a convention. Sandy & Fred (redlats) were still in town from Winnipeg. Hasan brought a colleague with him, Pauline. And I, of course, stopped in to have a margarita with him at this point halfway in between my office and home.
VT really has some wonderful members. I'm so happy to have found this group!
Hana Japan: Great Japanese Steakhouse
Located inside the Berkeley Marina is the Hana Japan Steakhouse. The menu includes a variety of seafood, sushi, sashimi, and meats cooked hibachi style. Hours are 11:30 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM Moday through Thursday, 11:30 to 2 PM and 5 PM to 11 PM Friday, 4 PM to 11 PM on Saturday and 4 PM to 9:30 PM on Sunday.
Favorite Dish: Try the Hibachi Shrimp or the Hana Special.
- Food and Dining
- Luxury Travel
- Road Trip
Blondie's vs Fat Slice: the Fight for the quick bite
These are always up for debate on which has the best slice of Pizza. Well, if you are from Europe or the East Coast, you will probably say neither, but...
They are both on Telegraph Ave, a block or two down from the University (Blondie’s on your right, and Fat Slice on your left)
I tend to usually go to Blondie’s. If nothing else, it has been a staple in the world of Berkeley.
Favorite Dish: Blondie's - slice or pepperoni and lemonade.
The Blue Nile: why do people act surprised?
When people ask, “What are some of my favorite foods?” and one of my responses is “Ethiopian.” – Why do they usually look surprised? Well, it is. If you are looking for something light, this is not the place. Traditionally, when you order arrives, everyone’s dish is placed communally on a big round “serving tray” and you eat with your hands by picking up your food with a flat pancake type of bread. (I apologize I forget the names of everything) Of course, this promotes everyone eating other’s food. This can be messy or even romantic - whichever - it is fun!
If you like Middle Eastern or Indian food, give this a try.
My favorite Ethiopian restaurants are/were in Adams Morgan (Washington DC), but this place is worth checking out.
closed on Mondays
Favorite Dish: They have two main combo plates. Each one incorporates about half of the main courses. So if you order one of each, you have a little of everything.
Naan N Curry: Really good, affordable, Indian food.
I normally don't like Indian food but I loved the food at this place! I went with a few Indian food connoisseurs and they liked it too. The food was tasty, fast and affordable, with most curries costing $5-$6 and naans costiing $1-$2. The service was prompt. You order at the counter and they bring it to your table.
It was busy on a Tuesday night and the crowd consisted mostly of students. This restaurant's not trying to compete on ambiance.
Favorite Dish: The naan is hot, fresh and not too dry.
We shared 4 main dishes and my favorite was the chicken tikka masala.
- Study Abroad
- Budget Travel
Chez Panisse: Fine Californian Cuisine
Berkeley offers a wide diversity of high quality cuisine, from Asian to European to African. The best-known place for Californian cuisine is Chez Panisse, one of the top restaurants in the country. You know it has to be good if Bill Clinton has eaten there!
The Cheeseboard: Great Place to Watch the Locals
This doesn't look like much from the outside, but it is a very popular place in Berkeley called the Chesseboard where the locals hang out and enjoy baked goods outside. There is also a Cheeseboard pizza place two doors down that has live local jazz music and great gourmet pizza.
La Strada: Nice Atmosphere for Coffee
This place is about as close to the cool European style of café that Berkeley has to offer. The white hot chocolate here is very tasty! A great place to read a paper in the morning or chat with friends in the evenings.
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