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best cheap eats in the Berkeley / Oakland area

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  1. La Bedaine (French takeout)
    Ba Le (banh mi)
    Lanesplitter (pizza and great local draft beer)
    Miss Ollie's (Caribbean)
    Nido (Mexican)
    Pyeongchang (soondobu - Korean soft tofu soup)
    Marrow (meat-centric)
    Battambang (Cambodian)
    Champa Garden (Laotian, avoid the Thai dishes)
    Chef Yu's aka Yuyu Za Zang (Chinese-Korean)
    Vik's (Indian chaat)
    Shan Dong (Chinese dumplings)
    Geta (Japanese)
    Jalisco Cafe (carnitas)
    El Huarache Azteca (Mexican dishes made with fresh masa)
    Pho An Sen (pho with crazy good lemongrass condiment)

    1. Cam Huong could be the #1 bang for your buck.

      702 International Blvd
      Oakland, CA 94606

      920 Webster St
      Oakland, CA 94607

      1. What's your definition of cheap? Or of best? At 7.75 The mole burrito at Talavera is a splurge compared to the 5.00 pollo burrito from the truck outside the Hotsy Totsy club, but it's much tastier.

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        1. re: Glencora

          I guess that's cheap by Solano Avenue standards. Burritos in Fruitvale are around 25% cheaper.

        2. Second for Vik's Chaat House

          Also Gum Wah
          345 8th Street
          Oakland, CA 94607
          (510) 834-3103

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          1. re: kungful

            Vik's Chaat House has not been cheap for 7 years!

            To me Cheap should be lunch under $10 bucks!

            How do you get out of there with a fulfilling lunch for under $20?

            Please tell.

            1. re: Mission

              Order one of their specials ($7.99+tax)? I would do it fairly regularly when I worked over by there, and would end up satsifed and not hungry until dinner (and I have a healthy appetite). If you order chaat, then yeah, it's going to be over $10. And generally, I like their chaat/dosas better, but I still think it's good food.

              1. re: Mission

                I don't think I've ever spent $10 at Vik's. I usually get cholle with paratha instead of bhatura, or lamb roti.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I will give them one more try...and report back.

                  If I get a parking ticket from the overzealous Berkeley parking control...I will report back on that too.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Is the parking lot right next to the building or across the street or?

                      1. re: Mission

                        It's next to the building. The entrance is on Fourth. Have you been there since they moved? I don't think there are any restrictions on street parking in the immediate area, either.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          I think there's another lot across the street, too. No problem parking there at all.

              2. re: kungful

                FWIW after not going to Viks for a long time, I've found myself there on several occasions over the past coupla months -- and the food has been stellar: goat curry, lamb roti, (the cholle is always my go-to dish).

                1. re: escargot3

                  But what did it cost you?

                  This is about cheap eats!

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      I will try it again this week....if nothing else to check out the free parking.

                      I will probably go around 1:30 so hopefully they will be a spot?

                      I will see if I can get satiated for $15 or less out the door for lunch.

                      I doubt it...especially if I buy any kind of drink.

                      Report to follow.

                      1. re: Mission

                        I often stop by for lunch around noon and have never had any trouble parking in their lot.

                        If you want to get out for less than $10, you have to do one of the specials (IMO). I like their weekend specials better though, and generally get their veggie specials (and lamb roti on the weekend). If going with multiple people you can order a few chaats and probably get out for ~$10...

                    2. re: Mission

                      I don't recall the cost, but definitely I would consider Vik's to be cheap food.

                      There are 2 parking lots. On Friday and Sat nite, and Sunday aft there's ample parking on the street.

                  1. re: Glencora

                    The falafel at Sunrise Deli are tops, but I think everything else is below average. I just get a bag of falafel rather than spoil them with bad pita etc.