Berkeley Journals

Berkeley for Those Looking for Fun, Not Muggings!

A travel journal to Berkeley by katkat99

Quote: I went to school in Berkeley but never fear, this journal combines both low end score and some higher end recommendations for those looking for either..

Saigon Express

Restaurant

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I am a seasoned pho EXPERT and for those looking for a clean place, with nice decor, and not too outrageous (aka, this is gross fusion and we are just going to add mangos on everything prices), I'd highly recommend Saigon Express. They are closed Sundays though so beware. Their pho is perfectly fine but what is to die for are their imperial rolls, I still drive back on occasion to eat these yummy snacks. Their cubed steak with rice are also delicious. I'd say to stay away from their desserts since they aren't THAT great. There are some other good pho places around but this is the best I have found in Berkeley and for those squeamish about cleanliness...this is the place for you.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 28, 2006

Saigon Express
2045 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, California 94704
+1 510 486 1778

Cheese Board Pizza

Restaurant

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Oh man,  this place is delicious. I moved near Cheeseboard my junior year and ate at this paradise at least twice a week. Delicious pizza (only one flavor and always vegetarian although traditional meat eaters all love this place as well), and I always love what they have. My least favorite is this lemon zest thing they do and still I'd take that over any other purveyor's any day. They also have a nice selection of healthier drinks such as Juice Squeeze, Orangina and Pellegrino. I think it is about $2 a slice or $9 for half a pizza that you can take home. One trick that I have learned when getting pizza with a friend is to always order separately instead of together since they always include a little ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 28, 2006

Cheese Board Pizza
1512 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California
(510) 549-3055

Ramen House Ryowa

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Restaurant | "Ryowa Ramen"

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Okay let me preface this by saying that I am a certified NOODLE LOVER. If you do not love noodles then you should probably stay away from this place but if you are a ramen lover like me then Ryowa Ramen is a must try. There are two locations, one in Mountain View and one in Berkeley, and I far prefer the Berkeley one although the Mountain View location isn't half bad. This is a good starter place for those who think ramen only comes in delicious packets costing $.25 to $1. In reality, these specialty ramen shops are very popular everywhere in Japan and Asia, and instead of using a MSG laden broth use very healthy, rich broths typically made out of soy or other derivatives. The ramen served at Ryowa Ra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2006

Ramen House Ryowa
2068 University Ave.
Berkeley, California
(510) 883-0667

Cafe Intermezzo

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Restaurant

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The line stretches out the door at this place at any given time of day, but it is for good reason. Cafe Intermezzo is a Berkeley mainstay among students and residents alike due to its huge portions and healthy meat, along with its awe inspiring Chef's Salad. I am not even a salad fan and I still love the Chef's salad. It contains all the works of a regular green salad with extras such as a finely chopped hard boiled egg, a piece of fruit on top if you are taking it to go, and a large piece of their famous brown bread. However what makes the Chef's salad so delicious is the generous helping of Intermezzo's cold cuts that are included in the salads...I always get the extra lean pastrami, which they chop...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 28, 2006

Cafe Intermezzo
2442 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, California 94704
(510) 849-4592

Kirala

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Restaurant

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Kirala...I cannot believe there is not a review for this place yet since it is relatively famous in the Bay Area and especially Berkeley for having some of the most delicious food around. I also believe there is now a second location of Kirala to go in the "TASTE" area (on Shattuck) of Berkeley, near Chez Panisse.Kirala is hands down the best Japanese food I have had in Berkeley. It can be pricey and is not for those who prefer rolls (Sushi House or more locally, Sushi Ko is much better suited for that). It is simply fresh fish and other delicious dishes prepared expertly by real Japanese chefs. There is always a wait and you cannot make reservations so I suggest you get there early. I have ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2006

Kirala
2100 Ward St.
Berkeley, California 94705
(510) 549-3486

Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe

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Restaurant

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Brazil Cafe is a very popular local hot spot for students and locals alike. It serves delicious tri-tip steak among other things (I'm a HUGE fan of the tri-tip) from a lovely sidewalk cafe that has chairs outside and booming Brazilian music. It is especially nice to sit here on a sunny day and just eat your yummy Brazilian food while you people watch. This place has been written up many times as a local favorite, and even has been reviewed favorably by National Geographic.I always get their student meal (they have a whole sign of hand painted specials) that includes a tri-tip sandwich and a cup of their delicious mango smoothie for under $10. I would recommend their smoothie to everybody. Fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2006

Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe
2161 University Ave.
Berkeley, California 94704
(510) 845-8011

Henry's

Restaurant

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What Berkeley rite of passage of drinking yourself into a stupor and stumbling home would not be complete without the requisite visit to Henry's. It's a very clean, slightly upscale bar with friendly prices that is a good alternative for those not looking for a "club" environment and getting frisked by multiple police officers when caught waiting outside of Blake's after midnight. The environment is clean and there are always several TVs running playing the latest sports games. There is an adjoining hotel where the bathrooms are, as well as a separate dining area where many of the visiting companies that are recruiting have their events at. Order the fries and chicken wings, have a few dri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2006

Henry's
2600 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, California 94704
510 845 8981