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Early inexpensive dinner recs near Bancroft/Telegraph

chemchef Jul 13, 2007 02:27 PM

Need a quick place for dinner near Bancroft and Telegraph before my pottery class at 5:30. Can be eat in or take-out. Any suggestions?

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    yehfromthebay Jul 13, 2007 05:01 PM

    Intermezzo on Telegraph is just a few blocks down. Great salads and sandwiches.

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    1. re: yehfromthebay
      dreamsicle Jul 13, 2007 06:02 PM

      How about Thai food? Racha Thai on Haste and Telegraph (next to the Hat Shop) serves decent food for a reasonable price. They seemed to have undergone some management and menu change recently, for the better. Their Sukiyaki (about $7.50), assorted seafood, veggies and egg with bean thread noodles in some sort of slightly spicy bean paste soup, is pretty yummy and definitely much bigger than I had expected.

      Racha Cafe
      2516 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

      1. re: dreamsicle
        Robert Lauriston Jul 13, 2007 07:21 PM

        Sukiyaki at a Thai restaurant? Are the new owners Japanese?

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          lexdevil Jul 13, 2007 07:51 PM

          I was sure I'd had it before, and a quick googling of "thai suki" revealed this: http://www.city.fukuoka.jp/fan200508/page22.html
          and much more.

          Soi 4 serves a Woon Sen (bean thread) Suki at lunch that is one of my favorite dishes there. Not quite as broth-y as many a Thai Suki, but the chunks of napa cabbage do remind me of some Japanese nabes.

          1. re: lexdevil
            dreamsicle Jul 14, 2007 05:02 AM

            Here's more info about the Thai sukiyaki from Wikipedia, though Racha's version isn't like the one described in the article:

            I remember seeing sukiyaki on the menu at Thai House Express and Osha Thai in SF too. I've tried the one from Osha, but it wasn't half as good as Racha's and seemed to have MSG in it.

        2. re: dreamsicle
          yehfromthebay Jul 14, 2007 08:56 AM

          Yum! I definitly have to go. I used to go there on a regular basis in college. Always got the chicken and basil dish, which was enough for 2 to enjoy with rice.

      2. nicedragonboy Jul 13, 2007 03:20 PM

        If you're not looking for anything too fancy, Julie's Healthy Cafe has always been a nice go to stop for me. They have a wide variety of food ranging from sandwiches to pad thai.

        it's right next to the Copy Central, and i believe the address is :
        2564 Bancroft. about 1.5 blocks east of Telegraph.

        1. Glencora Jul 13, 2007 02:58 PM

          Musical Offerings is a nice cafe in the music store next to University Press Books. Not sure about the hours, though. Is this for today? (Friday) Cafe Muse in the museum is open for dinner on Thursdays only. Most quick places that come to mind are "ethnic." Looney's is sort of nearby...

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          1. re: Glencora
            chemchef Jul 13, 2007 03:02 PM

            Thanks! Yes, its for today (I know, I know, late notice!)

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            chemchef Jul 13, 2007 02:45 PM

            Sorry! Forgot to mention that hubby's not into Indian or the like. Pretty much needs to be non-ethnic, except Mexican, Italian, Chinese are ok. Definitely no Indian, or Middle Eastern.


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            1. re: chemchef
              Robert Lauriston Jul 13, 2007 02:54 PM

              This might be helpful:


            2. Robert Lauriston Jul 13, 2007 02:34 PM

              Unfortunately the nearby branch of Shanghai closed.

              There's a branch of Naan 'n' Curry in that block of Telegraph, and a branch of Sunrise Deli (falafel joint) around the corner on Bancroft.

              Naan N Curry
              2366 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

              Sunrise Deli
              2456 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                Glencora Jul 13, 2007 03:07 PM

                There's a sign in the Sunrise Deli window declaring their falafel the best in town. Not sure about that, but it would be nice to know if it's the best near the campus. I had some not-so-good falafel at a place in the food court on Durrant. (Nice pickled red onion, but palid tomato, tasteless lettuce, and squishy falafel.)

                1. re: Glencora
                  Robert Lauriston Jul 13, 2007 03:17 PM

                  The falafels at the original Sunrise Deli in SF are great.

                  There's always Top Dog.

                  Top Dog
                  2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

                  1. re: Glencora
                    Prabhakar Ragde Jul 19, 2007 04:26 PM

                    My wife was impressed enough with the falafel she had at Sunrise Deli in August 2006 that she would like to schedule a return visit during our August 2007 trip. I only had a bite, enough to say it was good, but not enough to give a personal recommendation. --PR

                  2. re: Robert Lauriston
                    chocolatetartguy Jul 13, 2007 03:12 PM

                    Sunrise Deli is closing at 5 during the summer. You could go up to the Desi Dog stand at Telegraph or a block further to Le Petite Cheval.

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                      chemchef Jul 13, 2007 03:39 PM

                      I was actually thinking about Le Petite Cheval... how is it?

                      1. re: chemchef
                        zunzie Jul 13, 2007 04:17 PM

                        It's good and cheap. Also, the taco truck that's usually outside of Sather Gate is pretty good, too.

                    2. re: Robert Lauriston
                      bernalgirl Jul 13, 2007 05:09 PM

                      Oh no! Thanks for posting this, I was about to recommend it, it's been a great pre-Cal Performances dinner stop. Sad to see it go...

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