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Looking for a fun restaurant in N Berkeley

Cheesy Oysters Jul 20, 2006 04:37 PM

We're taking a family friend shopping for a rain coat before she heads up to Humboldt for college. We also need a place for dinner around Northface in Berkely for a vegeterian and two kids - 3 and 9. I looked at Pyramid and Trex and neither have much for vegis. Maybe Rubys back in Emeryville unless anyone can recommend something different. I know we could do Thai, Chinese, or Japanese but wanted something else if possible. Thanks

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    djh RE: Cheesy Oysters Jul 20, 2006 04:47 PM

    Did you check out Sea Salt? Not really "North" Berkeley, but not that far down San Pablo. Nice place. Good, sometimes great, food. Lots of seafood (of course), and some salads for the vegetarians among you. And we've taken our kids there before without a problem.


    1. Robert Lauriston RE: Cheesy Oysters Jul 20, 2006 04:50 PM

      Actually there are a lot of vegetarian dishes on the menu at Pyramid, which is very kid-friendly.


      Another very veg- and kid-friendly place in the area is Picante:


      FYI we call that West Berkeley.

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        Cheesy Oysters RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 20, 2006 05:22 PM

        I love Sea Salt but not so much with a vegi on board. I'll try Pyramid again. Thanks

      2. Morton the Mousse RE: Cheesy Oysters Jul 20, 2006 06:34 PM

        The food at Pyramid is mediocre at best. They can't even brew a decent beer.
        You're close enough to 4th St to consider O Chame and Eccolo. If she doesn't eat fish there are still plenty of excellent veg. items on the O Chame app menu. She would have no trouble making a good meal out of small plates.
        There are so few decent restaurants in Arcata, she should be able to enjoy one last good meal while she's in Berkeley.


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          Robert Lauriston RE: Morton the Mousse Jul 20, 2006 07:19 PM

          She specifically said she'd prefer not Japanese. And O Chame's dubious anyway unless the kids are adventurous eaters.

          Eccolo isn't particularly kid-friendly and it's considerably fancier and more expensive than Pyramid or Rudy's.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: Morton the Mousse Jul 20, 2006 07:43 PM

            Pyramid's Nitro Stout is OK.

            Main reason I go to Pyramid is for air conditioning and/or because friends with kids are visiting.

          2. Curtis RE: Cheesy Oysters Jul 20, 2006 07:36 PM

            I concur with Picante as a kid-friendly and veg-friendly place. I think you should also consider something in Albany since you're working your way North anyway. Zachary's is right there on Solano Ave. and is definitely kid friendly. Plus, the spinach stuffed pizza is quite good and vegetarian. We also had a very nice Chowdown at Ajanta at the top of Solano Ave. just past Zachary's and across the street. It has some excellent and different regional Indian food.

            a sante,

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              Morton the Mousse RE: Curtis Jul 20, 2006 10:36 PM

              Solano is an excellent idea. Close to Northface, less expensive and more kid friendly than 4th st, better food than the drek on Gilman.

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              mcchowhound RE: Cheesy Oysters Jul 20, 2006 10:16 PM

              Indus Village on San Pablo just north of University would be another good choice for veg and child friendly...

              1. Robert Lauriston RE: Cheesy Oysters Jul 20, 2006 10:24 PM

                One of my favorite things about Indus Village is the aroma of the meat in the tandoor ... but that might be unappetizing for a vegetarian.

                1. wchane RE: Cheesy Oysters Jul 20, 2006 10:37 PM

                  Zachary's on Solano or College Ave.

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                    cacao RE: Cheesy Oysters Jul 21, 2006 05:09 AM

                    A bit closer to North Face is Jimmy Beans on Gilman and .. 9th or 6th. Simple fare, but I know their brunch is quite tasty! Lots of veggie fare on the lighter side. Pretty casual, so kids would be fine.


                    Low key, family friendly Indian at Cafe Raj on Solano closer to San Pablo. They are very friendly there, and the food is not so heavy as most Indian. I wouldn't reccommend Ajanta with kids (and I had one bad meal experience there...


                    have fun!

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                      Cheesy Oysters RE: cacao Jul 21, 2006 06:25 PM

                      Thanks everybody for the suggestions. Well after being at NorthFace and REI, we did head to Pyramid--a cold brew sounded pretty good. I looked longingly at Trex as we drove by. We had three hungry kids and we were seated right away at Pyramid. The food took forever and my daughter broke out in screams at a few points! The beer was tasty but not as cold as I like it. My son had decided to be a vegeterian after seeing the animals at the county fair getting ready to be auctioned off so he and my daughter ordered pizza and they didn't care for it. My daughter ate hers later after dripping water all over it--not sure of the appeal. I had a salmon BLT that was actually pretty good. We started off with calamari and garlic fries. Oh well at least we found our college bound friend a good rain coat.

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