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Lunch Near U.C. Berkeley today

We'll be on campus near the south side and will have an hour and a half break for lunch. I guess Telegraph or Durant would be the closest area. A search says that Bongo Burger is good. Is there anything else close by? Top Dog in the rain is unappealing. My 13 year old probably wouldn't want Indian or Japanese. Can anyone think of anything else? Maybe Mexican? We could run down to Panini, but that might take too long. Also, is it true that the Faculty Club is open to the public? Is it open on Saturday?

Thanks for any help on a very short notice.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Agreed. Adagia serves the best lunch on the south side of campus.

      If you're looking for something less expensive, try Cafe Muse in BAM (same owner as Adagia).

      I'd suggest The Patio, but I believe it's closed.

      1. re: Morton the Mousse

        Not only is The Patio closed, but it looks like the building's owner has converted that space to an apartment or maybe an office.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Since you seem to be up on the area, when did La Val's go away?

        2. re: Morton the Mousse

          Cafe Muse was a good idea. I wouldn't have thought of it. We ended up there and enjoyed our non-raw sandwiches.

          I like Adagia, but we didn't have time. Also, the lunch menu on their website is from August, so I'm sure it's much different now.

      2. Here's the thread on the dining hall on Bowditch, Crossroads and Cafe 3.
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/364740

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I'd bet a 13 yo would enjoy eating with the college kids...

          1. re: susancinsf

            You're probably right. But not with his parents. He decided to stay in Dwinelle with his friends and eat bad pizza from Blondie's.

        2. If you want mexican, I'd suggest Mario's La Fiesta on Telegraph, about 4-5 blocks south of campus, on the right hand side on the corner, walking south.

          1. gypsie's at the durant food court across opposite of top dog.

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              1. re: rworange

                I wondered, too, so I walked by. It's Italian. I saw big plates of pasta. Not what was in the mood for, so I didn't stay.

                1. re: rworange

                  good, fast, cheap pastaria.

                  the owner, or guy with a beard is the personality of the restaurant. no frills, large portions, simple, well done pasta, calzones and salads. they charge for soda refills.

                  one of the better 'student budget' joints in town in my opinion.

                2. re: wchane

                  Don't you find Gypsie's a bit on the greasy side? Thai Basil (all the way to the back of the Durant food court) is very good and fast...

                  1. re: adrienne156

                    used to alternate between those two, mandarin house, and that bbq joint next to thai basil throughout the week.

                    good. cheap. fast.

                3. i prefer thai house on channing for thai, too bad Hua Hin closed that was better than most other spots on south side

                  spicy chicken at gomnaru is good.

                  mandarin house's menu has gotten much more extensive than when i went to school at cal and i've been trying out the new items.

                  julie's cafe on bancroft is a nice mix of sandwiches, asian dishes and mexican food.

                  1. I don't hear much about Shanghai Restaurant (2517 Durant Ave # D, upstairs) these days - it was remarkably good last year. I keep forgetting to go back and check it out. Don't forget the Sweetheart Cafe for a dessert drink (not as good as the original Oakland store on 9th and Harrison, but still worth trying)