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May 29, 2013 07:45 AM

Berkeley - Seeking Prepared Food Recommendations

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

      1. 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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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          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!

          1. re: chocolatetartguy

            Sounds great. Do they have much vegetarian fare?

            1. re: foodeye

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


          2. re: Robert Lauriston

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

            1. re: jupiter

              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.

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

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              1. re: milklady

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


                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  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*

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    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.