The Clog loves food trucks, and we try to frequent Off the Grid and keep up with the dizzying world of on-the-go gourmet. So we decided to sit down and make a list of just five food trucks that we want to try.

    bacon1.  Bacon Bacon. Let’s begin with bacon, after all, bacon = breakfast, the first meal of the day. And it’s exactly what it sounds like, bacon everything, bacon all the time. Plus, if there’s one thing we love about the gourmet scene, it’s the comeback of bacon. While reading their menu, we proceeded feel a pang in our stomachs that only a lack of bacon brings. The Grilled Cheese, a simple take with something extra (you guessed it – bacon! As well as tomato, and “bacon jam”…what is that?). The LGBT (love the name), featuring little gem lettuce, goat cheese, bacon and tomato – essentially, all of our favorite things. read more »

kimchi fried rice

On a dark and stormy night … just kidding. But seriously, on a rainy day sometimes dorm food or those ancient leftovers in your refrigerator just don’t cut it. So what’s the first word that comes to mind? Two actually: comfort food.

Comfort food is something we all know and love. It’s the one time we enjoy food for what it is, no matter how unhealthy, no matter what problems we may have at the moment. The Bear’s Ramen House is an excellent place to get Asian comfort food. The Ramen House has been a popular dining choice for students; not too expensive and generous portions. read more »


As college students, we never forget the fact that stressed spelled backwards is desserts, adhering to the idea that the stress caused from those massive amounts of papers and midterms should be alleviated by desserts, also known as sugar overload. We grab a piece of chocolate from under our desk every five minutes, convincing ourselves that the one piece that turns into ten won’t hurt.

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0221111619-00Perhaps it was the red-and-white awning that caught your eye or the whiff of something savory and sweet, the giant banners pronouncing their ware or the bagfuls of perfectly popped, perfectly golden kernels. Perhaps you didn’t notice at all (trying to change the music on your iPod while texting on your phone while putting away your netbook while waving to your friend across the street simultaneously is difficult, we understand).

Either way, Kettle Star, satisfying students’ kettle corn cravings on sunny weekends from its outdoor stand at Bancroft and read more »


The Coffee Spot is a magical place. It is home to cheerful baristas and sandwich-makers, tasty pasta salads and some creative fruit juice mixes. But, a far more remarkable feat, it is the only place we’ve encountered in our young lives which proudly lists “Grilled Cheese Croissants” on its menu.

Some might consider it an abomination to mix the delicate French pastries will the base, classic American comfort food of grilled cheese. As one of our esteemed Daily Cal colleagues noted about this post, “That headline makes me want to throw up.”

We disagree. Think of it as super comfort food. For when you’ve had three midterms in one day and your only solace is saturated fat. And it delivers, with melty cheese nestled between flaky croissant-halves. Pair it with coffee or another preferred morning beverage and you’ll feel better in no time.

The concoctions run about $3.50 at the Coffee Spot, which is on campus on Lower Sproul Plaza next to the Student Store and Bear’s Lair.

Trust us, you won’t regret it.

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Potato, po-tah-to.
A while ago we noticed that Northside Cafe had recently opened in the long-vacant corner storefront at Euclid and Hearst Avenues. We’ll admit that based on the clean-windowed facade, non-descript decor and spacious floor plan, we kind of assumed that it would be one of those kind of slightly-overpriced-edible-but-ultimately-meh places where we never end up going. Because, honestly, the Coffee Spot and Cafe Intermezzo are already the salad-y, sandwich-y loves of our life. (Nothing can change that. Nothing.) read more »

0916101137We love waffles. Actually we like most things that can be respectably be covered with whipped cream and Nutella. And after a stint in a region where such treats were much more ubiquitous, we were starting to get cravings.

Enter Sfoof’s Woofle Cafe, the latest tenant in one of the many seemingly haunted storefronts on Bancroft Ave. east of the intersection with Telegraph Ave. It may have once been a joke shop. Or a candy shop. Or neither.

The point is that now it serves woofles, read more »


Possessing as we do a bit of a sweet tooth, the Clog headed over to Cinnaholic about a week ago to see what they had to offer. What we found was a large assortment of cinnamon rolls, including special flavors (pumpkin spice, mocha almond and peanut butter & jelly, to name a few) and lots of toppings to choose from if you’d prefer to design your own or just go plain.

The storefront is one of many (see also Saturn Cafe, Ironwood BBQ) that just opened on Oxford Street near Center Street, across from the west edge of campus. Cinnaholic takes up relatively little square footage, as it and Ironwood BBQ share the space once held by Ben & Jerry’s.

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Emilia's Pizzeria_by_lesleyk

Quickly, how many pizza places in Berkeley can you rattle off the top of your head? Over 10 (if you’re weird … )? Odds are Emilia’s Pizzeria wasn’t on that list.

Intrigued yet? If so, find yourself an 18 bus (or just walk) down to Ashby and Shattuck avenues for a taste of something different.

Disclaimers: You can’t buy pizza by the slice, it’s cash only and the place closes once there’s no more pizza dough.

Location: 2995 Shattuck Ave.
Price: Around $20 per pizza (8 slices), depending on toppings.
Notes: Call ahead so you’re sure to get a pizza.

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Emilia’s Pizzeria
Earlier: Riva Cucina Brings the Heat

Parents in town? Impress them with your cultivated palate by showing them Riva Cucina.

The Italian menu changes from time to time, but you can always count on the pasta and seafood being absolutely delectable. We mean, you can practically taste the salt in the air.

We recommend the antipasto misto (two kinds of bruschetta and salame? we’re so there). If you’ve got a sweet tooth, order the panna cotta to seal the deal.

Location: 800 Heinz Ave., accessible by the 9 bus
Price: $15 to $20 per entree
Notes: Don’t be afraid of ordering lots of antipasti.

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Riva Cucina [Website]
Earlier: Local Chocolate for Happy Mouths

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