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dinner near Ashby BART [Berkeley]

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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?

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  1. 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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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

      Kirala isn't far for Japanese.

    2. 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

        Kirala always has a line.

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

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

        1. 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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          1. re: sambamaster

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

              1. re: rccola

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

                1. re: rccola

                  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?

            1. 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!