Contributor Post by Samah Dada: Putting Berkeley on the Map

By: Samah Dada

I feel left out. 

Allow me to explain. 

When one thinks of the Bay Area, they undoubtedly think of San Francisco first. It's the famous city by the bay, home of the Golden Gate bridge, and of course (why you’re probably reading this in the first place) notable for its incredible foodscape.

I am a foodie and always have been. I choose experimenting with my food palette, socializing over dinner, or eating a delicious comfort meal (Indian food, always ~insert curry emoji here~) over many things. It's fine, I’ve accepted it. 

Thus, after extensive research (living in the Bay, aggressive Yelp searching, etc.) I’ve found that there’s a city that isn’t getting as much attention as it should. 



As a student at Cal, you may call me biased but I prefer the word informed. Trust me, if you haven’t ventured across the bridge you are seriously missing out. Eclectic is an understatement, “delicious" does it no justice. 

Why Berkeley, you ask? Well - taste these three restaurants and you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s about time Berkeley gets its place on the food map of the Bay. 

  1. Vik’s Chaat House: the most amazing Indian street food you’ll have. Try the Channa Bhatura (a massive, fried, hollow piece of flaky, layered bread served with chickpea masala) and the Dosas (indian crepes served with masala potatoes)
  2. Comal: Tapas style Mexican food with refillable chips (dangerous but when they’re this good…who cares) with some really unique smoky flavors. Go with a few friends and get the whole spit-roasted chicken. Also, if you don’t get the guacamole…I may or may not feel personally insulted. 
  3. La Note Restaurant: Go for breakfast. Get the cinnamon-brioche french toast. Leave on cloud nine. 

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