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Kayde Dec 29, 2012 11:30 AM

Any suggestions for dinner near Ashby BART? We're meeting some adventurous recent college grads there about 2 hours before an 8pm play at Shotgun. Walking distance would be great, but short drive okay. We're looking for a good place to sit down and talk (though flea market stall information is always welcome.)
Any forms of Asian, Latin American, African, bistro, pizza, good sandwiches - whatever. Last time this group got together for this we went to Breads of India, which I used to really like once upon a time, and it was okay, but I'd appreciate some other ideas. In any case, isn't that BOI closed?

  1. Robert Lauriston Dec 29, 2012 11:56 AM

    That's my neighborhood. I think the best food in the immediate area is Simply Greek in the space that was most recently Rocky's. There's also Emilia's Pizza, which has only a handful of seats and you'd have to order ahead to be sure of getting a pie. Taqueria la Familia has good fish tacos. Smokey J's for barbecue and/or Frito pie.

    There's also Flaco's (vegan Mexican) and Cafe Valpariso, I've never eaten at either.

    A little farther away is Cafe Colucci, good Ethiopian. Allow plenty of time if you go there, service can be slow.

    The Sacramento St. Breads of India is closed due to a fire. I always thought Mehak across the street was better.

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      ML8000 Dec 29, 2012 12:06 PM

      Avoid Cafe Valpariso. Even friends who go to La Pena avoid it and say it's not good.

      Kirala isn't far for Japanese.

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      rccola Dec 29, 2012 12:03 PM

      How far are you willing to walk? There isn't all that much in the immediate vicinity. Kirala is on Shattuck at Ward, a short distance--Japanese but very busy often and difficult to get into. Flacos vegetarian Mexican is quite near at Emerson on Adeline, just south of Ashby but it's very small with limited inside seating and the weather is pretty miserable these days. Taqueria La Familia is pretty good, just off Ashby on Shattuck and there's a new restaurant next (?hamburgers).

      I personally don't like Smokey J's on Shattuck south of Ashby but lots of people like their bbq. Not real ambiance-y inside but that's traditional for bbq.

      Avoid Cafe Valparaiso further south on Shattuck.

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      1. re: rccola
        Robert Lauriston Dec 29, 2012 12:08 PM

        Kirala always has a line.

        Rocky's was the burger place where Simply Greek is now.

      2. Robert Lauriston Dec 29, 2012 12:09 PM

        Another place I haven't got around to trying yet is Casa Vino on Sacramento.

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          sambamaster Dec 29, 2012 12:18 PM

          It's a short drive to the corner of Telegraph and Parker...Mt. Everest has some quite yummy Nepalese dishes...stick with those. Really interesting...and the Mustang Beer from Nepal is quite nice.

          Enjoy Woyzeck! We thought it was really well done...though some of the singing was less accomplished than it might have been. Otherwise, really nice staging, etc. Worth the time and $$. Interesting to see those Tom Waits tunes in context.

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            Robert Lauriston Dec 29, 2012 12:24 PM

            Mount Everest is really good. Kiraku's also right there.

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              rccola Dec 29, 2012 01:05 PM

              Kiraku? Talk about hard to get into!

              1. re: rccola
                Robert Lauriston Dec 29, 2012 01:16 PM

                It wasn't busy when we went the other night. Maybe UC being on vacation helps.

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                  mariacarmen Jan 3, 2013 06:06 PM

                  Kiraku is fantastic. I've been three times now and never had a hard time getting in. what time are you trying? or are you thinking of Kirala?

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              rccola Dec 29, 2012 01:03 PM

              Kayde, the short drive is not the problem. It's often the parking if you go to College Ave. or Telegraph. Might cut into your time together so just consider that. (Otherwise, I'd opt for Ethiopian up on Telegraph as a wonderful taste and sharing treat.)

              Have a wonderful evening with your friends!

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                Kayde Dec 29, 2012 01:19 PM

                Thanks for all over these. Simply Greek looks good and most convenient, but Mount Everest and Kiraku are strong contenders. Will submit to the gang and report back.
                We're looking forward to Woyzeck.

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                  Robert Lauriston Dec 29, 2012 01:22 PM

                  I don't think it's hard to park by Mount Everest right now, since most of the UC students are out of town.

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                    sambamaster Dec 29, 2012 01:30 PM

                    I'd say Mt. Everest offers the most chance of comestible serendipity! Had a mind blowing chicken dish a few weeks ago...it was a Sat. evening and parking was not a problem...

                    "...everybody row, everybody row..." you'll understand that in the first few minutes of the show!

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                      Kayde Dec 30, 2012 11:11 AM

                      Thanks to everyone. As it turned out, Mt. Everest was just right. With a dead campus, we could park at the corner, walk in to a good roomy table, linger over Mustangs and shared plates, and still arrived at Shotgun in plenty of time.
                      We especially liked the goat curry (Khasi Ko Mosu - Nepalese) and prawns in almond-coconut sauce (Kuauni Jhinge - monthly special). Also mint pepper naan.
                      And yes, everybody row. Woyzeck was wonderful. Tom Waits braided with a 19thC German opera tale hit that dark, dark sensibility - well, close enough to perfect for me.

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                        sambamaster Dec 30, 2012 06:27 PM

                        Thanks for the report back...and glad you enjoyed Mt. Everest...I need to explore it a bit more...

                        Yeah, Woyzeck was great, Tom's jagged music fit the story perfectly!!!

                2. Robert Lauriston Sep 23, 2013 02:19 PM

                  Berkeleyside reports that the owners of Gecko Gecko are opening Gin Thai Canteen in the former La. Bayou space.

                  Also that an Ethiopian place will be going into the Tae Kwon Do place and a Domino's into the former Other Change of Hobbit.

                  http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/09/2...

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