sliver 2“Cheeseboard is too f**king far,” seems like a common mantra for Southside UC Berkeley students who just want a slice of that amazing vegetarian pizza that makes you forget it’s vegetarian and then have to resort to Fat Slice or something. And I don’t think it’s a matter of laziness here, but seriously, sometimes it’s just not worth going all the way to Downtown Berkeley for pizza when we’re so busy with doing schoolwork, procrastinating, being on the fringes of frat-boy alcoholism and reading the “Interest” sections of our current crushes on Facebook.

So, what’s your reaction when I say that since you won’t lug your butt to Cheeseboard, the essence and glory of Cheeseboard brought itself to you? I’m not even kidding. I think it’s time to welcome and try out a new pizzeria that has already stirred up a growing presence in Berkeley, and that popular baby is Sliver Pizzeria on Center Street.

Sliver is literally as if Cheeseboard popped out a kid, or if it learned it had a long-lost brother, because they are nearly identical in concept and pizza quality. read more »


maozFor those of you unfamiliar with the curse of Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way, there appears to be a patch of inarable land, so-to-speak, where no business can successfully sprout. Last year we saw some …  unique establishments test out the waters of this business dead zone.

Maoz–a vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant–is the latest brave soul to move in, hoping to break the streak of business busts. At least their menu selection (falafel sandwiches, Belgian fries, eggplant, Babaganoush) looks a little more promising than cereal sandwiches and gourmet cream puffs …

With locations throughout the US, continental Europe and the UK, Moaz is basically the Chipotle of falafel: fresh ingredients, made to order. Their “Meal Deals” (sandwich, fries, beverage) run a bit on the pricey side ($8.00+), but they do have a complimentary salad bar. And judging by our sample on our way home, their falafel is worth every penny. read more »