“Where shall we eat?” is undoubtedly one of UC Berkeley students’ biggest and most feared questions. Choice is evidently a terrible thing, and we at the Clog have decided to compile some of the best lunch deals in Berkeley to ease your decision making.
Gourmet food for a great price
A sushi and seafood restaurant with hints of European influence, Joshu-ya is definitely one of Southside’s more gourmet options. While a full-course dinner here may cost you $15 or more, their five-item bento lunch special will set you back only $9.
For the spicy-holic, Mount Everest serves up good Indian fare for great value during lunch. While a bowl of curry would usually cost $8.99, lunch deals start at $6.99 with naan, rice, garbanzo beans and a house salad.
3. Great China
Largely touted as Berkeley’s finest Chinese restaurant, Great China’s dishes often come with a hefty price and long wait. On weekdays from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., however, the wait is often much shorter, and the lunch specials definitely offer more value for the money. Starting at $8.26, lunch specials are served with soup, a spring roll, fruit dessert, rice, a house salad, tea and cookies.
Deals on deals on deals
Here, $5 can get you a hearty serving of their weekly specials that change every day!
Tip: Flash your Cal 1 Card for 10 percent off menu items.
Another spot for curry fanatics, Biryani House serves up lunches starting at just $6.99 for the vegetable plates. Plus, it comes with free naan or plain rice and a free chai tea!
Tired of your daily dose of Subway? Sandwich stores are abundant here in Berkeley. Wherever you are on campus, simply head to one of these places for your cheap sandwich fix!
Only got $5 in your pockets? The price of the vegetarian lunch special is $4.95 plus tax. The seafood lunch special is $5.95 plus tax.
8. Asian Ghetto
Asian Ghetto is the staple food destination of every UC Berkeley student for a reason – its prices. For $6, you can get many of Thai Basil’s lunch entree choices, and for $6.99 you can get smoked pork rib at Steve’s Korean BBQ.
The greatest thing about fall is possibly football season, but Touchdown Mondays are definitely a close second. Every Monday after a game, businesses give out a 3 to 5-percent discount for every touchdown scored by the Cal football team. Participating stores include Hummingbird Cafe, Pappy’s, Bleeker Bistro and several others.