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Cheap Comforting Dinner EC, Albany, Berkeley?

I'm home alone, except for a bunch of sheet rockers and painters, all in my kitchen. There is no hope of making my own dinner. Where should I go tonight. I had Tofu soup at the new place in the Ranch 99 mall last night. I need comfort, advise me.

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  1. any particular cuisine?

    1. Pizza and beer at the bar at the Berkeley Lanesplitter?

      1. I really like the tortilla soup at Picante for a cheap rainy night meal.

        If you want to spend a little more, how about a glass of wine and some schnitzel at Britt-Marie's on Solano?

        1. Or macaroni and cheese at the bar at Nizza la Bella.

          http://www.nizzalabella.com/dinnermen...

          1. Braised beef and noodles at Imperial Tea Court in Berkeley. Big portion of delicious, organic comfort food at a very reasonable price.

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            1. re: Morton the Mousse

              the beef noodle soup at China Village is good also.

              how about a bowl of ramen or sukiyaki from Katana Ya in EC.

            2. A burger and beer at Barney's on Shattuck...then walk across the street to Andronico's and get some cookies from the bakery for the trip home.

              1. Thanks for all your suggestions. I went to Katana Ya because I had never been there. It was ok, what it lacked in the ramen it made up for in being very comfortable. Tomorrow I think I'll take either the Nizza or Britt suggestions.

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                1. re: Carnitas

                  When you're in the mood for ramen again, check out Ryowa or Norikonoko in Berkeley. They're much, much better in that department than Katanaya in El Cerrito. And, Norikonoko has the advantage of feeling like you're being entertained in someone's home.

                2. Britt-Marie is good for single diners - just plop yourself at the bar, you'll probably end up having a chat for at least a few minutes with another diner, the food is homey, the wine selection by the glass is ok.

                  1. I have to dissent on the Britt-Marie recommendations. Last time I ate there I swore it would be my last. It was my first visit in at least ten years (no particular reason, just had been distracted by other yummy food). I ordered a dish that in years past I loved there, the duck with braised cabbage. The duck was flabby and undercooked (not in the "I love my duck breast rare" kind of way, more in the "we don't bother to check what we're serving" kind of way). The cabbage I've blocked out of my mind, so I can't remember now if it was bland or bitter or what. My dinner-mate ate even less of his entree than I ate of mine, though I do not recall now what he ordered.

                    I debated what, if anything, I might say to the waiter when she came to ask how things were. She never came and asked though. When she did come by, she saw that we weren't eating our food (and that our plates were basically still full), asked if we were done, and whisked the plates away. I decided that leaving was more of a priority than having a discussion about the meal, so we paid and departed.

                    I would not recommend this place to anyone.

                    For comforting food, I'd agree with a bowl of ramen at Ryowa, a pizza or mac and cheese at Nizza la Bella, or something from China Village. And I am forced to, once again, mourn the fact that Bendean is gone, because that was one of my main go-to places for comfort food.

                    1. Are the sheetrockers hot? If so, you could modify Robert's suggestion a bit and
                      get a couple of lanesplitter pies to go from the outlet on San P near Marin. A large
                      plain is $10. Add a couple of sixes of beer and you're all set. That's what I'd do
                      if I had a kitchen full of hot sheetrockers.