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Berkeley - Seeking Prepared Food Recommendations

jimmyray May 29, 2013 07:45 AM

This out-of-towner is looking for suggestions for stores in the Berkeley area that sell high-quality prepared foods - side dishes/main courses and with decent vegetarian options. Berkeley Bowl and Andronico's would satisfy, but would prefer higher quality/more interesting choices. Thank you.

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  1. wolfe RE: jimmyray May 29, 2013 08:02 AM

    Summer Kitchen.Bakeshop.

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      foodeye RE: jimmyray May 29, 2013 09:54 AM

      Pasta Shop on 4th St. (or the original, more crowded one, on College Ave.).


      1. Robert Lauriston RE: jimmyray May 29, 2013 10:18 AM

        La Bedaine makes great stuff. The chef has little or no concern for Berkeley-style sourcing issues, so the prices are relatively low.


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          chocolatetartguy RE: Robert Lauriston May 29, 2013 08:00 PM

          Today they had among other delights Canard a'L'Orange and Grilled Chicken with a panisse and roasted garlic. The ne plus ultra of prepared foods!

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            foodeye RE: chocolatetartguy May 30, 2013 09:22 AM

            Sounds great. Do they have much vegetarian fare?

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              Robert Lauriston RE: foodeye May 30, 2013 09:53 AM

              Not a lot of vegetarian stuff but what I've had was very good.


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            lmnopm RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 11, 2013 09:49 PM

            Today's little fresh apricot tarts were excellent. Definitely a 'eat the same day' item.

          3. jupiter RE: jimmyray May 29, 2013 10:21 AM

            Gregoire : http://www.gregoirerestaurant.com/

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              bbulkow RE: jupiter May 29, 2013 03:20 PM

              I would call Gregoire take out, not prepared food....

              Is there a difference?

              I guess I think of prepared food as food that is intended to be heated or re-heated at home. Take out is food meant to be consumed at home soon after buying, and may or may not reheat well.

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              milklady RE: jimmyray May 29, 2013 03:48 PM

              Three Stone Hearth. Limited pickup windows, but very high quality.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: milklady May 29, 2013 04:42 PM

                Three Stone Hearth's selection may seem odd to people who aren't into Weston Price's nutritional theories.


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                  wolfe RE: Robert Lauriston May 29, 2013 06:26 PM

                  Sample Three Stone Hearth partial menu. What's so odd?
                  Southern-Style Chicken Soup
                  Lentil Chili with Lamb*
                  Barbecue Beef
                  Frittata with Asparagus, Greens & Cheese
                  Beef Liver P√Ęte with Mushrooms & Fresh Thyme*
                  Creamed Greens with Coconut Milk*
                  Italian Pork Sausage Patties*

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                    milklady RE: Robert Lauriston May 30, 2013 01:39 PM

                    I agree that it might seem odd, but is so very Berkeley, it is worth it for the cultural experience as well as the food.

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