Good eats by the Berkeley Marina?
Vik's is casual in the sense that you are eating in a warehouse with a rollup
door and some picnic tables. It's certainly a beloved, if a bit salty, institution
in that neighborhood but just keep your expectations in order ...
Lately I'm really liking Indus Village on San Pablo about 4 doors north of
University Ave. Pakistani. Pretty much everything, from the ctm up to the
lamb chops, is packed with wild bursts of unexpected (for me at least)
flavor. Counter service, weak chai, wild chairs.
You'll be close to 4th St. and San Pablo Ave, which might help if you're
searching listings here. 4th St. is an outdoor shopping mall with mostly
very expensive grub. The intersection of San Pablo and University has,
within one block in each direction, Indian, Jamaican, Pakistani, Cheese Steak,
Anatolian, Pizza, Mexican, a Food from Spain supply shop, and a Tiki bar.
Very hard to go wrong there.
Don't be afraid of grabbing a powerup at the Sea Breeze Market at
the entrance to the Marina. There's an espresso machine and a fry-o-lator
and a decent selection of drinks in bottles. If nothing else, it provides a
big "what the heck is this doing here?" sense of surreality to your day.
I think Vik's is a great choice. It's true it's VERY funky, but the scene of Indian families and grannies with grandkids, young pink-haired students, goths, serious-looking grad students.
On weekends you can get masala dhosa - a heavenly crispy crepe filled with spicy potatoes and served with tiny containers of hot sauces. You can also get the flatbread stuffed with lamb (can never remember its name). They have very good mango lassis, too.