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Wrap n' Roll--Berkeley sandwiches and wraps--EXCELLENT

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Read about this place on SFGate but couldn't find it on yelp or chowhound (if it's on and I missed it, sorry. delete this or add it to another thread.) Decided to take a chance as husband L-O-V-E-S sandwiches. I'm not so enthusiastic but can take a break from my routine Thai/Vietnamese/Indian/Korean/etc.

So we drove down to University between 7th and 8th and it was GREAT. He had the club sandwich for $7.50, chock-a-block with tasty turkey and ham, lettuce, tomato, bacon and avocado and a side of too-many but too-good crispy fries. I dithered between a regular BLT (my favorite) and a breakfast sandwich of egg/cheese/bacon on an English muffin. But I fell back on my old standby: Asian food and had a Kathi wrap of Indian spiced chicken in a fresh chapatti/pita that they either make themselves or buy from an Indian granny. This was the best Indian thing I'd had to eat in a long time.

The owners, a sister and brother were not only super, super nice but cute as buttons and anxious to be hospitable. They gave me a taste of the gyro meat which was scrumptious. Meanwhile their dad was lovingly shaping falafels. Kind of a pan-American place!

Really, if you crave sandwiches to go or eat in, gotta try this place, perhaps before hitting the road as it's so convenient to I-80. I'd actually go back tomorrow for that BLT.
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  1. So I went and checked out Wrap n' Roll today based on this rec, and while I can't speak to the quality of any of the other menu items, I concur that the Kathi roll is fantastic.

    I don't know why, but I was expecting something fusiony (maybe along the lines of a curried chicken salad, which I probably would have also enjoyed), but no, this was straight-up street food: "from my hometown in India," as the friendly guy who prepared it for me (maybe one of the owners?) said.

    Anyway, the wrap reminded me a little bit of the lamb baida roti that they have at Vik's on the weekends. If anything I liked this better, mainly on the merits of the fresh paratha (I believe), which was griddled to order on top of an egg -- like how street vendors in Taipei make dan bing, the Chinese crepes I ate for breakfast pretty much every day in Taiwan. The masala chicken filling was nicely spiced (but not very spicy), with bits of onion and green pepper.

    $6.75 (before tax) for a piping hot, totally satisfying lunch. And (shhh) I managed to inhale nearly the entire thing during my drive back to Oakland -- and didn't collide into oncoming traffic or even spill food all over myself.

    Wrap N' Roll
    913 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

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    1. re: abstractpoet

      quite delicious. that egg in the roll really adds a different twist for me, like a bready, spicy, omelet.

      while overall i liked it, almost a 1/3 of it at one end didn't have any chicken which made it not totally satisfying. i'll definitely be back, though.

      and yes, it is listed as "egg roti" on the menu

    2. Wikipedia description of the Kati/Kathi roll:

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      1. re: abstractpoet

        Thanks for the correction to paratha! These days I'm having trouble remembering the names or things, goshdarnit.

        1. re: rccola

          I'm not certain if it was a paratha, actually -- I guess that's just the traditional flatbread that's used, according to Wikipedia. I went again, and I believe it said "roti" on the menu description.

          BTW, when we went at dinner time they were sold out of the Kathi roll -- said they need to start making more of it. So we ended up getting the gyro and the turkey BLT wrap, both pretty good.

          1. re: abstractpoet

            I had my BLT. Traditionally great. Just what I wanted--no avocado, no hard roll, no other kinds of meat (reason my husband loves the club), just BLT on toast.

            I want the Italian hoagie next.

          2. re: rccola

            Noon, your favorite place top of Solano. Sourdough

            1. re: wolfe

              Today? I'm making a peach pie.

        2. I don't get to go to Berkeley much these days so I'd hate to forego a Kathi kabob roll at Vik's for one here unless it was really worth it. Any word on which is better from someone who's been to both?

          1. i had the the kathi roll for lunch recently. i went there a few months ago to try to grab one for dinner, but they ran out. i agree that the roll was quite tasty. my only complaint was how oily it was. not sure if this is typical. i got it to go and they wrapped it in both a parchment type paper and foil...and the oil still managed to leak out.

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            1. re: majordanby

              Unfortunately, I agree. The filling is great, but I find the chapati greasy and heavy.

              1. re: Glencora

                that's too bad. wasn't greasy last summer when i tried it.