Lunch Options in the East Bay

Now that summer has finally arrived, this late sweltering heat makes me want to sip on some iced tea and listen to the Quiet Storm. What I mean is, I’ve been fostering very little motivation this week, but I do have some pictures from my excursion to the East Bay on Tuesday.

The frankfurter with chili @ Top Dog, Berkeley. Sure, a generous mound of shredded yellow cheese might add some visual flair, but I also have to admire the red-monochrome guise of a stripped-down, no-nonsense chili dog. And here it is. Cash only, player.

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The shrimp and pork pancake @ Huong Tra Restaurant & Deli, Richmond. For numerologists, this is the #5, and it's only an appetizer. Despite the generous portioning, however, I would actually opt for the spring rolls instead. But I had to see what this dish entailed (modest flavor, many napkins).

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The sweet and sour catfish soup @ Huong Tra Restaurant & Deli, Richmond. I'm fine with the catfish being cut into steaks and left on the bone -- I can work with it. But the canned pineapple made me doubt myself, especially when everything else in the dish -- the tomato, the okra, the bạc hà -- was fresh. Is this simple home-style cooking, or just a shortcut?

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The chicken tikka masala @ House of Curries, Albany. The sauce spooned over the basmati rice is pitch-perfect, but the garlic naan is truly next-level, both in flavor and design. Even better, there are four House of Curries locations throughout the California East Bay.

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