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Berkeley Friday Night, recs please

hi,
i'm going to the Foo Fighters show at berkeley community theater and looking for some good dinnner nearby before the show. totally open to type of food. thanks!

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  1. I highly recommend Pomegranate on University near MLK. Dinners are about $14 to $19 each. It's what I call upscale casual...with a nice interior and great good, but you can dress down and still feel comfortable. My fav dishes are: pomegranate walnut feta appetizer, spicy lamb shanks, kabobs (either lamb or beef filet), the chicken salad, or the pomegranate chicken.

    It's not exactly next to the theater but it's totally worth a visit, and you'll probably come off the freeway onto University anyway.

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    1. re: Kung Foodie

      If you are looking for something within walking distance to the Community Theater, then Pomegranate is probably not your best choice. BCT is a block below Shattuck, on which there are a number of good choices. Sushi Ko is a decent Japanese restaurant, about 4 blocks away. About 3 blocks away is Pho Hoa for basic Vietnamese Pho, not the best, but not bad. There are a number of tacquerias in the area as well. Also the Ramen shop on University a few doors below Shattuck or Taiwan (Chinese) across the street from there.

      1. re: Kung Foodie

        Actually Pomegranate (just below California) might not be such a bad choice for proximity to BCT (just above MLK). By my count that's only 7-8 relatively short blocks from the theater and there should be no trouble parking around there.

      2. BARTing or driving? type of food and amount you'd like to spend?

        1. Here's a good thread on Pomegranate. It's on University just east of Sacramentao, a little bit of a schlep if you're taking BART or want to park once.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          Closer to the theater, Ryowa Ramen, The Mediterranean (shawerma, falafel), Great China ("double skin," tea-smoked duck).

          Decent food at two brewpubs, Jupiter and Triple Rock.

          1. Head up to the Gourmet Ghetto for the best eats in town(downtown is no man's land). Depending on your price range I'd consider (least to most expensive): Cheeseboard Pizza, Socca Oven, ChaYa, Gregoire, Taste, Cafe at Chez Panisse. Not all of these are actual sit down restaurants, take out and counter seating are very popular in the area.

            Edit to include websites:
            cheeseboard.coop
            epicuriousgarden.com
            gregoirerestaurant.com
            chezpanisse.com

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            1. re: Morton the Mousse

              Not much chance of a Friday night reservation at Chez Panisse on such short notice.

            2. I disagree that downtown is "no mans land" I like Ryowa Ramen also Udupi Palace and Chaat Cafe for Southern Indian.