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Enough light to read by at night? (Berkeley environs)

jonking Jul 23, 2010 07:50 PM

On occasion of an evening I'll go out for dinner solo, and when I do I like to bring something to read. It's not always easy to find someplace with decent food and bright-enough lighting ... if not overall (throughout the room), then at my seat or stool. It can be awkward to scout out the room, looking for that one table beneath a light fixture ... assuming it exists & I can snag it. Any other read-while-you-eaters have reliable recommendations along these lines? Cooking style not a worry, though price could be...

  1. psb Jul 24, 2010 12:38 PM

    Au Coquelet on University? Open late, lots of light, not expensive. Food doesnt excite me that much, but I've had things like serviceable burgers there ... and you can get a meal or just pastry/coffee etc if you are going to be there for an extended period.

    I seem to remember there were some brightly lit places in the Ranch 99 complex.
    Louder than AuC.

    Au Coquelet Cafe Restaurant
    2000 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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      ernie in berkeley Jul 24, 2010 01:32 PM

      Zaki's is well lit, with excellent, inexpensive Middle Eastern dishes. China Village would fit the bill, too.

      Zaki Kabob House
      1101 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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        johnq Jul 26, 2010 09:43 AM

        You can buy a clip-on reading light for twenty bucks and eat anywhere you'd like.

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