where to eat in the lorin neighborhood, near ashby bart in berkeley?
- thetodd Nov 9, 2006 10:19 PM
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.
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:
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!
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.)