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Apr 17, 2013 04:58 PM

Berkeley campus

Looking for someplace in the Berkeley campus area to grab a quick bite, pre-Zellerbach. Not as big of a deal as dinner @The Musical Offering (which I like) and not the Zellerbach second-floor food offerings (also nice).

I have the idea of grabbing a good salad or tasty sandwich or something else quick, someplace where I can sit down, and then heading over to Yogurt Park for a mini-vanilla-with-almonds for dessert.

I've tried to browse past posts--not coming up w/ much when I type in "Berkeley campus"

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  1. Sliver, Gather, Ippuku, Le Petit Cheval, anywhere in the gourmet ghetto (shattuck past university towards solano). If you must do telegraph, try Gordos.

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    1. re: hungree


      I ate once and a long time ago @ Le Petit Cheval and I guess I have to call it unmemorable, since I don't remember it (very hazy recollection of disappointment). What do you recommend there that's good?

      And my kids adore Gordos--when they're back in town, practically the first thing they do is go to Gordo's for burritos. I'm not such a burrito gal (generally find them too heavy). What else is good?

      1. re: sundeck sue

        I would stay away from all places on the south side of campus. Le Petit Cheval is indeed unmemorable, which is great considering most of the other spots around there are memorable in a bad way.

        Stick to the Gather/Ippuku/Sliver area or Gregoire/Cheeseboard area.

        1. re: sundeck sue

          LPC is fine, in fact more than fine. You might try the vermicelli bowl with imperial rolls, the chicken curry (so good with rice), the claypot rice, the LPC combo of a shrimp skewer, fried chicken wings, imperial roll, pork skewer, red rice and vegetables. Far better than any other nearby option. Not a fan of the pho or the banh mi, but the staff is friendly, the ceilings high with lots of light and the price is right. I usually eat lunch there twice a week.

          I think the only place open on campus for dinner might be the Men's Faculty Club which is near the top of campus.

      2. Not sure what your timing is, but whenever im on campus and need a quick bite to eat, I go to Cafe Zeb located in the Law School. Can be accessed easily from Bancroft.

        1. Near Zellerbach, the falafels at Sunrise Deli are really good.

          I haven't been to Turkish Kitchen Express but the main branch on Shattuck has really good food.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Sunrise Deli is very good, but not a particularly pleasant place to sit. You could get take out for a picnic on campus, though. I like to do that.

            How's the place in the museum? I haven't heard much about it lately. And what about the place that used to be Adagio?

            1. re: Glencora

              That would be Babette Cafe. But I just checked the hours on the website and it closes at 4:30p.
              Weekly menu posted on FB

              1. re: Glencora

                Oh, no, Sunrise is not a good place if you want to sit down. I misread the post.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Forgot about Sunrise Deli. It is a beacon of hope.

                2. Brazil Cafe next to the bike shop.
                  Yali's Cafe on Oxford

                  1. You could try this new place, Build Pizzeria Roma. Supposedly they have a 1,000 degree oven.


                    Otherwise I'd go to Gather, it's close to Zellerbach.

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                    1. re: ML8000

                      Gather is the opposite of quick.

                      If that far from Zellerbach is OK, PiQ is good.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Another problem is that the Yogurt Park for desert move severely limits the options.