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Oct 11, 2006 12:30 AM

ISO Casual (aka under $15) friday night dinner near UC Berkeley

Will be staying with a friend at UC Berkeley this weekend. Arriving Friday afternoon and looking for a casual place with GOOD food (we'll eat anything!). Preferrably under $15/person, any cuisine any atmosphere! Planning to go to Ici afterwards...anyone know if this is within walking distance from the university?

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  1. Ici is at College and Ashby, about 10 blocks / 0.8 mile down college from Bancroft (south border of UC Berkeley).

    There are a bunch of restaurants in the two blocks around Ashby. In that price range, the best are Holy Land (Middle Eastern), 2965 College, and House of Curries (Pakistani), 2984 College.

    1. best restaurant would be TRATORRIA LA SICILIANA... prob highest yeild italian ANYWHERE in bay area. For a bit more 20 bucks each (40 total) you will have a great meal...(if you skip there excellent wine list)...a few entrees and split an appitizer and dine on the finest dipping oil (hot pepper flakes with garlic in excellent olive oil) you will ever taste SOOO ADDICTIVE. I say spend a bit more but CHOW like a queen or king...

      other cheap eats worth honorable mention:
      GORDO's (high yeild burrito dive)
      MANPUKU cheap and reasonable japanese
      HOUSE OF CURRIES (formally naan n' curry)
      La Mediterranee...

      ALL OF THESE ARE AT COLLEGE and ASHBY just south of campus and are terrific.

      Good luck

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      1. re: amkrad1

        La Siciliana's good but the total tab's likely to be more than $20.

        La Mediterranee's food is similar to but not as good as Holy Land's.

      2. If you're looking for cheap eats you're going to get some serious sticker shock at Ici.

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        1. re: Morton the Mousse

          Hehe, I'm attempting to exercise minor restraint on food so that I can have my share and more on sweets! :)

        2. After all these years, I still love la Mediterranee on College in Elmwood. The prices are reasonable and the food is good. I'm not a big fan of Holy Land but its been a while since I last tried it.

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          1. re: plainjane

            La Med is definitely a good option for tasty food that won't break the bank. The prices are definitely reasonable (around $9 an entree). Chicken cicilia (I'm probably murdering the spelling) and pomegranate chicken are standouts.

            1. re: katya

              The hummus and baba ganoush at La Med. are pretty sad. If the chicken is good that might help explain how they manage to survive with Holy Land a block away.

          2. what is "ISO?" I feel like such a noob

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