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It’s Sunday, everyone. Many of us are likely hung over. Some of us might be pulling all nighters for midterms. Others might be on the way home from San Francisco; a walk of shame in progress. But either way, it’s morning and we’re all hungry. And that can only mean one thing: BRUNCH. Brunch seems to be Berkeley’s specialty. There are endless options, and even the seniors here at the Clog are finding new places to eat every day. Today, however, we’re going to focus on some of Berkeley’s brunch basics, featuring some of the cheapest and most accessible late morning eats that the East Bay has to offer. read more »


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Thai Temple (formally Wat Mongkolratanaram) brunch is pretty much a Berkeley institution. Every Sunday, Berkeley foodies and hipsters alike will line up for flavorful curries and cheap Thai iced teas. On top of it all, the prices are reasonable if you know how to get your money’s worth.

Today, we sampled a chicken drumstick with peppers, stew with egg and fried sweet tofu, and pad Thai. Nothing was exceptionally spicy, but the sweetness of the tofu and our chicken hit the spot.

When you go to the temple, you should bring a friend. Have your friend exchange money for tokens while you wait in the big line for food. Share a plate or two, and don’t forget the mango sticky rice. You won’t be able to finish it all, but that won’t be from lack of trying.

Location: 1911 Russell Street, accessible by F bus
Price: $5 for one entree on a plate, $6 for two, $7 for three
Notes: The Thai iced tea (along with all the other drinks) is only $1.

Image Source: Kenn Christ under Creative Commons
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Things are looking good for our favorite West Berkeley eatery, 900 Grayson.

A couple months ago, we reported that Grayson was producing delicious brunch despite the loss of its chef while facing hurdles from the city in its quest to extend its hours for dinner.

But after having yet another delicious Saturday brunch there today, we learned form one of the proprietors that the restaurant hopes to open for dinner in June.

We also couldn’t help but notice Councilmember Linda Maio’s presence yet again at 900 Grayson, eating at the same table at which we saw her two months ago.

The Clog applauds Maio’s excellent taste, which we’re pretty sure doesn’t hurt Grayson’s dinner prospects.

We’ll keep you apprised of any new Grayson dinner developments.