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Cheap Eats: Buffet Bliss at Khana Peena

At $7.99 all-you-can-eat, this local favorite's lunch special is hard to resist.


We all love a good lunch deal, and Indian restaurant, Khana Peena, has got it. The East Bay chain offers a flavorful lunch special in the form of a $7.99 all-you-can-eat Indian buffet (it includes unlimited naan and a soda, yes!), seven days a week. It’s the perfect late-luncher’s spot—serving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.—and happens at all three locations. In the Solano Ave. restaurant, the small buffet is tucked in the corner, keeping the tables clear of lunch-line loiterers. Staples like tandoori chicken and chicken tiki masala rest alongside some great vegetarian options like the delicately spiced chana saag (the healthier-less-creamy-tasting sibling to saag paneer). You’ll want to grab a second (or third) plate and try the tender cubes of lamb dressed in a smooth, aromatic curry sauce. The freshly fried “vegetable pakora” is a favorite over here at Diablo. Also, the large canvas sign in the window promises that they’re open on holidays. I stopped in on MLK Jr. Day, so I’ll vouch for it.

Khana Peena, 1889 Solano Ave., Berkeley, (510) 528-2519; 5316 College Avenue, Oakland, (510) 658-2300; 2136 Oxford Street, Berkeley, (510) 849-0149; khanapeenaberkeley.com


Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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