Berkley near 4TH St
re: Morton the Mousse
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.
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:
1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710
1830 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
1788 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
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
2265 5th St, Berkeley, CA 94710