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Jan 26, 2010 07:23 AM

drive ins diners and dives-raider tailgating

i didn't catch the names of the restaurants and the links on the website are wrong. does anyone know which places, i think most were in berkeley? and anyone has any opinion of them?

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  1. 900 Grayson
    Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

    those were the first 2, I didn't catch the third.

    6 Replies
      1. re: Shane Greenwood

        thanks so much everybody
        any of these really good?
        they looked good on there!

        1. re: toncasmo

          Here are the links to the restaurants with the reviews and discussions. Just click each one to get the info. Of the 3, 900 Grayson is my favorite.

          Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
          4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

          900 Grayson
          900 Grayson St, Berkeley, CA 94710

          Rick & Ann's Restaurant
          2922 Domingo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

          1. re: Shane Greenwood

            Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe is like a punk rock Denny's. The food quality is about the same IMO. They have a nice shake that has Guinness in it. I also like their corned beef hash.

          2. re: toncasmo

            Seems like a peculiar choice of three for that area, to me. Covers some nice ground, though. Caveat: I haven't seen the show.

            Rudy's Can't Fail is much more of a real diner. It's in the middle of nowhere (near Pixar in E-ville), and the food's pretty good. Slightly on the pedestrian side for my taste, and they won't win for best BBQ or best fried chicken but they do very passible on all counts - and a nice beer list. A bit on the young hipster side. Architecture is Late Cinder Block. RCFC isn't on my regular list because it's kind of far south, and it's not my favorite for late night (Fonda!) nor for meat (T-Rex) nor for anything else. So it's kind of a "place to go when I want to go somewhere different".

            900 Grayson doesn't strike me as a diner, drive-in, or dive. They've got a freshly pressed menu every day, great lunch sandwiches, they aren't open late, and have a nice, airy feel. The food's a serious notch above RCFC, but it's a real restaurant. Pretty new place, slightly cutting edge. In a divey building, I suppose. Lots of love from CH.

            Rick and Ann's is "old school" in terms of Old School Berkeley. It's by the Claremont, thus in a toney part of town. The room's got more arts and crafts ornamentation. It's a relaxed neighborhood place in a neighborhood where houses start around 1.5 million. Lots of baby strollers. The sunday brunch there is still my favorite, but about a decade ago the common sunday wait was over 1.5 hours, so I stopped going. I remember to this day a stack of lemon ginger pancakes that might simply be the best pancakes I've ever eaten (key order: special pancake of the day, with a side of their house-made hash). For some reason, it doesn't get much love here on CH.

            In short, one actual Diner, two relaxed lunch/brunch standouts with great food. I bet CH could come up with some compelling real Dives (as great diners are in short supply).

            1. re: bbulkow

              Yeah, I haven't been to Rick and Anne's for years because the "scene" was a real turnoff and the waits were ridiculous. I do remember, though, eating the best red flannel hash ever there.

      2. They looked good to me too. I would also love to know if the food is really as good as it looked!