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Old 05-28-07, 07:54 PM   #1
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Places to eat and bike shops in Berkeley - SF

Next weekend, my wife and I are going to a concert at the Greek theatre. We're coming in on BART and plan to go to SF during the day. Normally, we hike down to the Buena Vista for an Irish Coffee but I was wondering if we are missing any good places to eat either in the Embarcadero area or around the Berkeley campus.

We will be bikeless and carless, so the places will need to be walking distance from BART. Also, is it much of a hike from the BART station to UC? I haven't spent much time around that area since around 1985 save for last summer when I sped through the UC campus during the Oakland Scrape.

Also, are there any good bike shops along the route? My wife generally doesn't mind going into bike shops if they are not out of the way.
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Old 05-28-07, 08:01 PM   #2
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Jitensha in Berkeley is worth a visit.
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Old 05-28-07, 08:26 PM   #3
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Montano Velo on Piedmont in Oakland is a must if you are really into fixed gears.
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i tend to eat at skates on the bay every chance i get, which isn't as often as i'd like.

http://www.skatesonthebay.com/

beautiful view, excellent food, and staff that really makes your dining an event

there's always-

http://www.michaelmina.net/michaelmina/index.html
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Old 05-28-07, 10:05 PM   #5
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As far as shops, Mikes Bikes and The Missing Link (among a handful of others in the surrounding region) are both at the base of campus near University and Shattuck.

I'm transferring to UC Berkeley next semester and will be there nearly everyday so I'm in the same boat as far as finding places to eat.
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Is there a type of cuisine you and your wife like? Also do you have a price range in mind? I'd second Jitensha Studios for interesting bikes in the UCB area. Missing Link and Mike's are both fine shops, but probably not much different than your own LBS as far as stock.
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naan n' curry, yum yum and cheap cheap. montano velo is a great shop (get of at mcarthur bart and take the FREE kaiser shuttle to piedmont blvd : ))
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thirded on the montano velo stop advice. they're good people.
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Jitensha in Berkeley is worth a visit.
That place ever open? I live right near there and have never seen a human inside of it. That orange Peugeot in the window is my dream bike.
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That place ever open? I live right near there and have never seen a human inside of it. That orange Peugeot in the window is my dream bike.
I dont believe that is a Peugeot, its an Ebisu, no?
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naan n' curry, yum yum and cheap cheap. montano velo is a great shop (get of at mcarthur bart and take the FREE kaiser shuttle to piedmont blvd : ))

oh god naan n' curry. that place raised the bar on what spicy is to me. no joke. ever since i ate there i have been able to eat more spicy foods and not be affected. i dunno what it is. crazy. good place though.
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go to Shattuck Avenue, there's a bunch of places there

especially CHEESEBOARD PIZZA, this place is awesome, everytime i'm in berkeley its a must to stop by and grab a slice of whatever they're selling
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Check out Izzy's Steakhouse and Mitchell's Ice Cream in San Francisco.
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Got to get a Top Dog for the true Berkeley experience.
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Seconds/Thirds for Naan n Curry, Cheeseboard, and Skates.
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I 2nd Caloso's Top Dog pick. Also Zachary's on Piedmount(?) was voted best deep dish pizza in the US.

If you can get to VeloSport on Grand(?) Ave. It is/was cycling nirvana. I made many a pilgrammage there back in the early 70's
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Cole Coffee & Zacharys on College

Close to the Rockridge BART you'll find two MUST stops in Berkeley/Oakland:

-Zachary's Pizza
-Cole Coffee

Just stopped into Jitensha Studio yesterday and they were welding a frame. BEAUTIFUL shop and nice parts to check out.
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