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Dinner near Cerrito Movie Theater on a Monday

Five of us have tickets to see a movie of a play (One Man Two Guvnors) at the Cerrito Theater in El Cerrito on a Monday night, and I'm in charge of a place for dinner. The movie starts at 7:00 pm, so we'd need to have dinner around 5:30. Has anyone eaten at the movie theater? It's a similar setup to the now defunct Parkway, so offers pizza and drinks in the theater. We all appreciate a good meal, so I wanted to see if there were any other options. Any places within walking distance that might work for us? One person in the group doesn't eat Asian or Indian. Should we try someplace in Albany and hope we get finished in time to get there?

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  1. No Asian eliminates a lot of choices.

    Elevation 66 Brewing Co is right next to the theater -- haven't tried the food though.

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    1. re: kc72

      The food was quite good the night we went, the fish and chips were excellent, my only criticism is that it can be quite loud.

      Great beer and right next door to the theater makes this a no brainer.

    2. The food at the Cerrito is "okay" but nothing special. The popcorn and snacks are better. I'd call it good concession food but that's not saying a lot.

      Here's a recent review of Elevation 66: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841475

      1. It's a little less than a mile to Nizza la Bella and Rendez-Vous.

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        1. re: wolfe

          Had a terrible dinner at Rendez-vous about one month ago. It was very crowded on a Wednesday night-WHY?

          1. re: wolfe

            Nizza la Bella is the place you should go! When I lived in El Cerrito it was our regular haunt. They open at 5:30.

            1. re: Missmoo

              I've enjoyed Nizza la Bella any time I've been there. I haven't tried the food at the Cerrito, but I was pleasantly surprised with the beer choices when I went to a movie there recently. They also have wine and easily obtainable free water. That bumped it up several notches in my theaters of choice.

              1. re: ...tm...

                I agree with the suggestion of Nizza La Bella. The food at the Cerrito is plain "not good" and pales in comparison to the food at the old Parkway; we no longer eat food at the Cerrito. It does have a decent wine list by the glass or bottle, but it's ridiculously expensive. Another off-the-wall suggestion would be Romano's Macaroni Grill in El Cerrito Plaza. It's a national chain Italian restaurant, but the food (especially the pastas) is really pretty good and the wine and drinks are cheap. They also have a small cafe menu which is available after 3PM and is dirt cheap (though hardly "gourmet") if you buy a drink--and MUCH cheaper than similar food at the Cerrito.

          2. In Albany about a mile away are Zaki Kebab House and Potala Organic Restaurant.
            Both have parking lots.

            1. KFC is only a block away!