Saturday, December 31, 2005

More Bay Area Eats

Here are a few other food highlights from the Bay Area.

Naan 'n' Curry is one of the many Indian/Pakistani restaurants that are everywhere in the Bay Area. We got take-out from the one on College Avenue in Berkeley, across the street from King Yen (where the redundant Chinese restaurant was.) My brother and his wife did a survey of the low-end Indian joints in the area a few years ago, and this was the winner. Cheap, tasty, and they wrap the boxes containing the curries in plastic wrap, so they don't leak! Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Curry, Baighan Bharta, Palak Paneer (spinach w./ cheese), Naan, Rice. $32. Better than most Seattle Indian restaurants at any price.

Taylor's Automatic Refresher is a high-concept pseudo-retro-drive-in-nostalgia restaurant in St. Helena, which recently opened an outpost at the Ferry Building in San Francisco (with no drive-in at all). The concept is executed very well--everything is excellent, from the burgers to the fried calimari, and they have Anchor Steam on tap. Garlic fries like garlic fries should be, tossed in garlic butter and parsley. I was happy.

La Note is a Proven├žal restaurant on Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley that serves a great breakfast. I had an omelette with ham and cheese. The only complaint anyone had was that the portions were too big. Cafe au lait in a bowl, natch. Richard said that the food is good in the evening; I've never tried it. It's always packed by 9:30am; we got there at 9 and had no problem getting a table. I gather it's harder to get a table on weekends. Parking meters only take 1 hour's worth, which is dumb for an area with restaurants.