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Jul 23, 2010 07:50 PM

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

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...

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  1. 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

    1. 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

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