First Bite: Stop by Comal Next Door
The mini version of Comal has Berkeley diners hungry.
Berkeley’s Comal serves dinner only, and the wait can be long. But now you can get a taste of its Oaxaca-inspired fare anytime, with new fast-casual addition Comal Next Door.
The small space is bright and airy with three communal tables and silverware in galvanized buckets. Online ordering makes takeout a cinch for anyone doing business downtown.
Burritos and street-style tacos feature tortillas from Concord’s Tortilleria El Molino and several filling options, including tender achiote grilled chicken and zippy corn with zucchini and poblano chile. But the signature may be the buttermilk fried chicken torta with pickled jalapeño-cabbage slaw, Jack cheese, and chipotle aioli.
Add a salsa duo with thick, house-made chips; a refreshing cantaloupe-mint agua fresca; or vanilla soft serve topped with crumbled sopapillas.
Lunch and dinner daily, 2024 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 422-6625, comalnextdoor.com.