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Nov 9, 2006 10:19 PM

where to eat in the lorin neighborhood, near ashby bart in berkeley?

does anyone have any suggestions for food in the lorin neighborhood? specifically, i'm looking for dinner tonight.

a couple of places that i do like, but want to avoid tonight are:

for a fish sandwich, you can't go wrong with LA Bayou on adeline. get snapper, add cheese, and you're in for a treat.

for a calzone, head to spuds pizza. they usually pile onions on, so if you don't like onions, ask to hold them. their pizza is good, but not great - i stick with calzones.

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  1. Not a whole lot of spots in the immediate area. Do you have a car or do you mind a short schlep on BART or bus? If you can travel a mile, there are much better dinner options.

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    1. re: Morton the Mousse

      Exactly. Downtown Berkeley is about a mile away and 1 BART stop. Lots of choices.

      Around Ashby/Shattuck, there's La Familia Taqueria (homey, family run), a take out pizza place next door and Kirala (Japanese) about 4 blocks north.

    2. Cafe Sole' on Shattuck just north of Ashby is decent Vietnamese. They close kind of early.

      More of a schlep but very good is Cafe Colucci on Telegraph near Alcatraz.


      Pub grub at Starry Plough, probably more appealing after a couple of pints.

      I haven't tried the rasta vegan place in the Marmot parking lot or Chilean at Cafe Valpariso--here's Jonathan Kauffman's review:

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I was at Cafe Valparaiso on Chilean Independence Day back in September. It was crazy that night, so all I got to eat was an empanada. It was good but not amazing.

        If you want to be very close to Ashby BART though, this is a good option, unless you're a vegetarian, in which case it might not be. If you go, please try the pastel de choclo and report back! I'd love to know how it is!

        Dave MP

      2. I've had nearly inedible meals at both Spuds and La Bayou. I haven't mentioned them
        here because the owners of both places seem like really nice people who are trying
        but failing to get it together and I felt bad slogging them in public. But these are both
        way, way, way down near the bottom of the deliciousness ladder.

        Your closest edible choices might be: Cafe Valparaiso in La Pena, on Shattuck at Prince:
        decent Chilean-influenced dishes, nice folks, and fabulous sangria.

        Taqueria La Familia, just north of Ashby on Shattuck. Great fish tacos. (and easy to
        locate due to the big pink neon "fish tacos" sign in the window.)

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        1. re: Chuckles the Clone

          One new addition to the immediate neighborhood, A Taste of Africa, on Shattuck a block south of Ashby:

        2. Cafe Solé has closed. Sign in the window says "Rocky's Burger & Cheese Steaks coming soon."