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The UCB faculty/staff newspaper, The Berkeleyan, which I edit, polled its readers for their favorite local lunch spots, on or off the campus. We also asked them for their favorite $5 lunch ideas. The results were not terribly revealing from a purely chowish perspective, but the question(s) certainly roused our readership to participate, which we like.

We were as struck by the local institutions that *weren't* mentioned as by any that were: apparently no one eats at Kip's or LaVal's anymore (or, at least, no one who's willing to cop to it!). I was personally happy to see the Stuffed Inn on Euclid get several mentions: though no one's idea of a cutting-edge eatery, it's a big part of my own Berkeley memories circa 1973, and it really hasn't changed much at all in the interim.

Here's a link to the online version (including a slide show):

http://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeley...

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  1. Jon, could you please tell us about the Stuffed Inn?

    1. Anybody been to Berkel Berkel (Korean) recently? Only found one old report in the archive. How's it compare with Steve's?

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I haven't been since my college days but it was one of my favorites. Far more authentic than Steve's which I barely consider Korean. I've passed by it plenty of times since graduating and it looks like they've expanded their menu since 2003.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Just went to Berkel Berkel yesterday... I also feel that it is more authentic. They have a choice of different BBQ dishes for about $5.50 each and Beef Spicy Soup, Soft Tofu Soup, Duk-Man-Du Soup, etc for about the same price. It was a good, decent sized meal for a very affordable price... I had the Duk-Man Du Soup which was huge, and great tasting broth for a sick girl.

        2. I was on Euclid about a month or two ago and I could have sworn the Stuffed Inn was closed and it looked like someone else was in the process of moving in...or it was under renovation.

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          1. re: ML8000

            Stuffed Inn
            1829 Euclid Ave
            Berkeley, CA 94709
            (510) 849-0378

            Maybe someone else moved in, however, it's open today until 7pm.

            I asked about it because 1) I was interested in why it's dear to Jon, and 2) I could find mention of it in the linked article.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Thanks. If/when I go by again I'll have to look more closely to see if I missed something or what.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I ought to have downplayed my personal enthusiasm for the Stuffed Inn, since I work on the other side of campus and almost never get over there. Plus it's more of a nostalgia thing, really: its sandwiches & salads are perfectly functional but nothing to write home about ... although I do maintain a great fondness for one of their sandwiches, called the Big Ned, that I would never dream of ordering otherwise, anywhere: it's basically avocado, a sandwich slice of cheese, and lettuce on (for me) an onion roll, with a light slathering of sour cream. Baby food, really ... but I ate it regularly as a starving undergrad all those years ago, and am always tickled to still see it on the menu. Though the price has skyrocketed from those days, up to at least $4!

                1. re: jonking

                  I always think of Stuffed Inn as the quintessential North Berkeley sort of place - a minor bit of funk and granola (or sprouts), calm and low key.