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November 9, 2010 9:15 PM

Westside Wonders

If you're anything like me, you probably have a lot of trouble figuring out your food situation. As a college student, my diet has definitely taken a hit without my parents cooking. Cooking is just plain hard to do, even remembering to eat when your work load just doesn't seem to allow for it. The easiest way for me to get a decent meal in a day is to eat out.

Here are a couple good restaurants that I've found in my search for food. And yes, all of them are from the west side of campus because its the best part of Berkeley! And because I live there.

Cancun Sabor Mexicano: Between Oxford and Shattuck on Allston is a small Mexican restaurant. They serve just about everything Chipotle and La Burrita have, BUT better! All of their produce is organic, delivered fresh from their local farm, Saldana Farms every morning. My roommates and I have been known to go a couple times a week for their burritos. With a menu of 9 Special Burritos, it'll be a while before you've tried them all. And even after that it'll take some time for you to figure out your favorite.
Also with every order you get a free order of chips. But whats chips without salsa. When you receive your order and chips, you are handed two little cups. Take the cups to the salsa bar where you will are faced with the dilemma on how to pick two. These salsa aren't just your normal spicy, hot, and mild. You choose between infierno, strawberry, mango, avocado, garlic, pumpkin, and even more. There are so many, I feel that they might have different ones everyday!

Saturn Cafe: On the other side of the street you will find Saturn Cafe. They are the newly opened vegetarian/vegan diner, but they could have fooled me with their grilled "chicken" sandwich. Everything on their menu is vegetarian and couple have vegan options, but they appeal isn't just to the vegetarians. A couple times I've grabbed some pancakes and French toast for brunch and they really satisfied the craving. Afterwards you can try some of their dessert item. Personally I haven't tried them yet, but you really can't go wrong with chocolate, ice cream sundaes, and cakes. One of the best things about Saturns is they're open until midnight. Perfect for the college student! Some late night garlic fries are practically a tradition now.

Cinnaholic: What's perfect for dessert (actually any part of the day) is a cinnamon bun. Another newly opened shop, Cinnaholic is definitely going to become a hit in Berkeley. Their cinnamon buns have the perfect fluffy texture. Cinnaholic offers one of the most amazing "create your own" menu with almost 30 different frosting, and 30 toppings to choose from. All your wildest cinnamon bun fantasies can be satisfied. If you're not in the creative mood, you can either try their old fashion cinnamon bun (which tastes just as good as any other), or you can pick from their list of 20 specialty rolls. With all this awesomeness, you probably wouldn't believe everything there is VEGAN! Honestly, I wouldn't believe it either, judging by how good the rolls are.

There are definitely more restaurants to try but here are a couple to get you started on your adventure to the west side. Let me know of your experiences and about all the other restaurants I haven't mentioned. Hope to see you dining around! Happy eating!


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