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lunch near Ashby BART

david kaplan Mar 31, 2011 01:14 PM

This great thread discusses food near lots of BART stations (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/630521) but the only mentions near Ashby BART are weekend-only places (the Thai temple, flea market) and a bakery.

Where do people go on their lunch break near Ashby BART?


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    timeo Jan 25, 2012 09:11 AM

    Smokey J's Barbecue at Shattuck and Emerson (1 south of Ashby) is pretty good. I've only had dinner there though, so I have no idea whether lunch is any good as dinner.

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    1. re: timeo
      Robert Lauriston Jan 25, 2012 09:29 AM

      No difference, Smokey J's has the same menu all day.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        Joel Jan 25, 2012 08:31 PM

        adding a link to Smokey J.
        I've tried a few of their items; I'm not knowledgeable about BBQ but everything I've had has been very good (rib tips, ribs, brisket, pulled pork).

        Smokey J's BBQ
        3015 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

    2. escargot3 May 3, 2011 12:05 PM

      I love to go over to get the lunch special at Kirala.

      I also like the turkey sandwich at Sconehenge

      Kirala Restaurant
      2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705

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        lihsiawang May 3, 2011 11:06 AM

        Try the Vault. The hamburgers there are very good, especially if you like them underdone. They're on Adeline/MLK 2 blocks N of Alcatraz
        (There is an old bank vault at the back of the restaurant)

        1. Robert Lauriston Apr 4, 2011 09:35 AM

          Just for the record, Taste of Africa (which moved from what is now Flaco's to the old Omnivore space on Shattuck) has closed, and that space is no longer a restaurant.

          A Taste of Africa
          3015 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

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            ML8000 Mar 31, 2011 02:41 PM

            Use to live a couple of blocks away from Ashby BART and it's sparse. As mentioned Berkeley Bowl, La Familia, Flaco's. Also there's that corner deli at NE corner of Shattuck/Ashby, no sit down...just okay.

            Also Sconehenge, a nice breakfast/lunch place. Starry Plough has basic bar food. I think they're open for lunch but not sure.

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            1. re: ML8000
              Robert Lauriston Mar 31, 2011 02:45 PM

              Starry Plough doesn't open until 4:00.

              There's also the Cafe Valparaiso, which I've never tried.

              Cafe Valparaiso
              3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                ML8000 Mar 31, 2011 03:12 PM

                A friend who goes to La Pena regularly says Cafe Valparsiso should be avoided (to put it nicely) and I trust his opinion...plus I've never heard anything good about it, ever.

                1. re: ML8000
                  Robert Lauriston Mar 31, 2011 04:16 PM

                  There are a few positive reports in the archive here.

            2. Robert Lauriston Mar 31, 2011 01:39 PM

              That's my neighborhood. Pickings are relatively slim. Crixa is the one major destination in the area but has only a few savory items. Addie's has good pizza, at lunch I believe they have it by the slice. The fish tacos at La Familia are good. Berkeley Bowl's prepared food department does a brisk lunch business. The Vault is an OK breakfast / diner-type place. Kirala for Japanese. LA Bayou is an odd mix of Cajun, Korean, and burritos, I haven't been there since it changed hands. Flaco's is vegan Mexican.

              Berkeley Bowl
              2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

              Crixa Cakes
              2748 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

              La Bayou
              3278 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

              Kirala Restaurant
              2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705

              Taqueria La Familia
              2971 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

              Vault Cafe
              3250 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

              Addie's Pizza Pie
              3290 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                david kaplan Mar 31, 2011 06:22 PM

                Crixa it is! I've seen all the glowing posts, but my East Bay geography isn't good enough to realize it was near Ashby. Thanks.

                1. re: david kaplan
                  dordogne Apr 4, 2011 10:31 AM

                  Crixa has some of the best -made and most distinctive baked goods anywhere in the Bay Area, but it isn't a lunch destination (very few savory items) unless your idea of lunch is a slice of divine flourless chocolate cake with a pot of tea.

                  1. re: dordogne
                    Robert Lauriston Apr 4, 2011 10:39 AM

                    Crixa has a few savory items at lunchtime. You can check online to see if the day's selection appeals.


              2. Caitlin McGrath Mar 31, 2011 01:34 PM

                Unfortunately, there's not a lot in the immediate vicinity, and even less to recommend. The $7 pizza/salad lunch special at Addie's Pizza Pie is very nice; the pizza is quite good, and so is the salad (see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/734413 ).

                The Mexican breakfast items at Sconehenge are a decent way to go. Sweet Adeline has a quiche of the day, served with salad, which I have not had, but their baked goods are very nice in general.

                Sweet Adeline
                3350 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA

                Addie's Pizza Pie
                3290 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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                1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                  Caitlin McGrath Jan 25, 2012 09:46 AM

                  Addie's no longer serves lunch.

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                  dordogne Mar 31, 2011 01:29 PM

                  Sweet Adeline Bake Shop (Adeline at 63rd, one block south of Alcatraz) has very nice baked goods, including several savory choices, and they serve sandwiches on house-made focaccia for lunch. Pleasant room, friendly bakers/staff. If you're willing to walk to up College, there are many more options, including Summer Kitchen and Bakeshop and the Elmwood Cafe (formerly Ozzie's). There's also the Whole Foods deli with outdoor seating at Ashby and Telegraph.

                  Sweet Adeline
                  3350 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA

                  Elmwood Cafe
                  2900 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

                  1. wolfe Mar 31, 2011 01:24 PM

                    Anyone tried Flacos, opens at noon.
                    1/3 miles to Rocky's for decent burger and fries.

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                    1. re: wolfe
                      majordanby Apr 3, 2011 01:53 PM

                      ive tried flacos at the sat farmers market. i like their taquitos. all vegan. however, slightly pricey.

                      1. re: wolfe
                        Ashley12 Apr 4, 2011 04:33 PM

                        Flacos is great. Vegan but you don't miss the meat...their avocado sauce is very tastey...beware when they say hot they mean HOTTT

                        1. re: wolfe
                          Windy Jan 24, 2012 09:41 PM

                          I finally tried Flacos today. Taquitos are only $1 on Tuesdays. Plus they have a free meal on your birthday.

                          My favorite though was the $4 banana leaf tamale, which was tender and delicious. No idea what their protein is, and I'm not a vegan. But this is really tasty Mexican food. The fresh salsa was especially good.

                          Looking forward to returning. Closed Mondays.

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