Soly y Luna--new taqueria downtown Berkeley
The latest place to open in the old Bakeshop/felafel shop space. I noticed they were open and a parking spot suddenly appeared, and it was lunchtime.
This is more in the style of Picante than places like Gallegos or La Palmita. Their homemade tortillas were excellent with carnitas tacos, and they fried up nicely in the accompanying chips. A salsa bar takes the space of the felafel place's condiment bar, and has sides like beans in addition to the salsas.
Very reasonably priced at $4.95 for a regular burrito or two tacos. They're still working things out--it took 20 minutes for them to get me what turned out to be the wrong order, and another 15 to replace it. Nice outdoor seating in that little alleyway.
(edited to correct the restaurant name)
Ahh, the old Chick-o-Peas location
Sol Y Luna
1926 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
They offer a couple of different burrito styles, one of which is a "California burrito" which includes fries inside. I got this once, with carne asada, and it was pretty good. Definitely a good value. I experienced a similarly long wait as ernie, but chalked it up to frying the fries.
I really like this place for a casual lunch. Not sure how to define their style but the meats are lean, chicken is grilled breast and they use a delicious sauce on the tacos. House made tortillas are good. Staff is nice, owner presence is noticeable. It's not your Mission-style taqueria but it suits my California taste and my dislike for grease.