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stnmtk Apr 10, 2008 07:36 PM

Please recomend breakfast, lunch and dinner on 4TH street or withen walking distance anything from dives to elegant

  1. k
    kc72 Apr 10, 2008 07:51 PM

    Sort of depends what part of 4th St. you're talking about.

    Here's something to get you started

    1. Morton the Mousse Apr 10, 2008 09:01 PM

      Cheap but tasty - Viks (lunch and dinner)
      Casual/Mid-priced - 900 Grayson (breakfast, brunch and lunch - closed Sunday)
      Elegant - Eccolo (lunch, brunch and dinner)
      Dessert - Sketch Ice Cream

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      1. re: Morton the Mousse
        Dave MP Apr 11, 2008 07:11 AM

        I second the Vik's recommendation. Just ate there last weekend and had the bhatura chole - huge puri w/ delicious chickpea curry. Various other chaats are good too. I think their dosas are pretty good, but I really don't care much for their uthapam - my friend had on this visit and I thought it was way too oily and had too cakey a texture - it reminded me of really bad, spongy pizza dough.

        Overall though, Vik's remains a very impressive operation, definitely worth a visit if in this area.

        Dave MP

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        chemchef Apr 11, 2008 06:37 AM

        Breakfast/Lunch- Bette's (or Cafe M, though I haven't tried it so can't vouch for it).

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        1. re: chemchef
          suebette Apr 11, 2008 09:49 AM

          I enjoy Tacubaya for a quick breakfast (opens late at 10am) or lunch - it's nice to sit out on the patio - and you can stop in at the Pasta Shop to stock up on goods.
          O Chame - cal/japanese fusion - I have been there twice for lunch and walked out happy.
          Cafe Rouge is another option on the higher end - I haven't eaten there but pick up products at their meat market - here is the most recent thread - but it isn't super recent:

          Cafe Rouge
          1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

          O Chame
          1830 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

          1788 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

          1. re: suebette
            chemchef Apr 11, 2008 10:17 AM

            Oh yeah! Geez, how could I forget Tacubaya! I love them.

            1. re: suebette
              Robert Lauriston Jul 11, 2008 10:34 AM

              I'll take Casa Latina over Tacubaya.

              Casa Latina
              1805 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                Pammeh Jul 11, 2008 02:09 PM

                I adore this place!! I always walk out with a gigantic, heavy paper bag full of pastries that I can't possibly finish for under $5...though every time I've gone, they're out of the chicken tamales which I've heard so much about. :( It might be a bit of a walk though...

                1. re: Pammeh
                  Robert Lauriston Jul 11, 2008 05:29 PM

                  I tried a chicken tamale. Dry, tasteless chicken in dry masa. Needed to drown it in delicious salsa to make it palatable.

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            Pammeh Jul 11, 2008 10:05 AM

            Yeah, it really depends on WHERE on 4th St you're walking from, and what your parameters for "walkable" are. I used to work near 4th St and University, and I walk fast, but here are a few places that I loved:

            Cheese Steak Shop - mmmm, greasy, fattening, and fits perfectly into that "divey" category

            Tomate Cafe - very very cute and charming, and the staff is totally sweet! I love the atmosphere--it's warm and sunny and homey

            @Siam - ok fine, this is a stretch for walking from 4th, but I loooooooved this place for lunch. Clean, bright flavors, never falling into the trap of oiliness, and their lunch special is a great deal.

            Cheese Steak Shop
            1054 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

            Tomate Cafe
            2265 5th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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