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Best frites in Berkeley? (On Monday)

willbaude Jul 5, 2007 04:24 PM

My mother is coming to the bay area Monday. Her favorite meal in the whole world is steak frites, but Cafe Rouge and Jojo, my two top choices for dinner (and the two choices most consistently recommended in the many steak frites threads on this board, which I've read), aren't open then.

So what's the best place to get steak frites in Berkeley that is open on Monday? If that's asking too much, even of Berkeley, the best steak frites elsewhere in the bay area or the best frites (sans steak) would be helpful.


  1. wolfe Jul 5, 2007 04:30 PM

    You have to move to Albany, Ca, Nizza de Bella has it and the various potatoes at Gregoire's might work if you check their monthly menu on line, either Berkeley at a picnic table or on Piedmont inside.

    1. Morton the Mousse Jul 5, 2007 04:30 PM

      Eccolo and Gregoire both have excellent steak and excellent fries (though you might have to custom order a steak frites). Eccolo buys their meat from the Rouge meat market. Gregoire is cheaper (though I prefer their steak), but there is limited seating in the Berkeley location (Piedmont has more seating) and no table service at either. I love the fries at both. Eccolo's are super thin cut (almost chip like) whereas Gregoires are more traditional.

      1. JasmineG Jul 5, 2007 04:43 PM

        My favorite frites are at the new Wood Tavern on College in Oakland (just over the Berkeley line). They also serve steak, and while last time I was there they didn't come together, I've had good luck asking for fries to be substituted. They're open on Mondays, and I really like the service there -- definitely make a reservation, though.

        Wood Tavern
        6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        1. Robert Lauriston Jul 5, 2007 04:50 PM

          I like the steak and the fries at Cesar on Piedmont, though both are eccentric.

          Jeanty at Jack's in SF is excellent and classic.

          I've enjoyed the steak-frites at Nizza numerous times, but haven't tried them since they switched from bavette to skirt steak and lowered the price to $18.50.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            zunzie Jul 5, 2007 04:52 PM

            I'm a fan of the frites at Luka's in Oakland. Not too overly done, so there's a good ratio of crunch to potato.

            1. re: zunzie
              Robert Lauriston Jul 5, 2007 05:02 PM

              I like them too. Belgian-style. And they currently have a steak on the menu.

              Luka's Taproom
              2221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

          2. gemster Jul 5, 2007 09:47 PM

            I love the steak frites at Fringale. They have a red wine butter sauce that makes it delicious.

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