Frank Sosa/Jamie Dluzak 14 theberkeleyoaklandbook.com $2.50 Sliders phil’s sliders » Made from Marin Sun Farms grass-fed, organic beef, these mini burgers are just about the perfect bite. Berkeley, 845-5060, philssliders.com. $3 Doughnut doughnut dolly » These Europeanstyle yeast-raised doughnuts are piped to order (via German pastry fillers) with fresh, seasonal fillings. Oakland, 338-6738, doughnutdolly.com. $4.50 Crispy potato puffs grégoire » The Chez Panisse spin-off specializes in gourmet takeout. Its velvety potato puffs are Berkeley’s answer to the french fry. Berkeley, 883- 1893; Oakland, 547- 3444; gregoire restaurant.com. $4.75 Vanilla milk shake trueburger » These retro shakes are hand spun to order, and customizable with fruit and candy mix-ins. Oakland, 208-5678, true burgeroakland.com. $5 Shrimp tacos cosecha » Owner Dominica Rice’s wild-caught shrimp tacos are breaded and fried to order with a housemade chipotle crema. Oakland, 452-5900, cosechacafe.com. $5.50 Chicken wings fusebox » Their KFC (Korean fried chicken) wings are tangy, crispy, spicy—and way better than the other KFC. Oakland, 444-3100, fuseboxoakland.com. $7.50 Egg salad sandwich summer kitchen bake shop » Organic eggs, local Acme bread, and cheap eats house-made mayo bring this vivid sandwich alive. Berkeley, 981-0538, summer kitchenbakeshop.com. $8.50 Braised pork belly slow restaurant » Order-at-the-counter service lets Slow offer dishes like this tender slow-braised pork belly at friendly prices. Berkeley, 647-3663, slowberkeley.com. $9.50 Red curry tofu hawker fare » Star chef James Syhabout’s casual eatery puts a gourmet spin on Asian street food, including this rice bowl, a delicate take on Thai curry. Oakland, 832-8896, hawkerfare.com. $9.99 Spiffy tiffy ike’s lair » A perfect example of Ike’s beloved sandwiches is the spiffy tiffy, made with moist, tender shredded Halal chicken. Oakland, 338-6789, ikeslair.com. » Ten Under $10 » You don’t have to spend a fortune for good eats; these gourmet options are priced to appeal as much to UC Berkeley students as their parents.
The Oakland Berkley Book March 2013
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