I'd love to try all the stylish places I read raves about here but wallet and small children keep me on a short leash. What're great dives for great food in Berkeley/El Cerrito/N. Oakland for lunch and dinner? Breakfast too if you can find new places for us to try? We always end up at: Saul's for wkend b-fast (the hash, the hash); Picante for the fish and asada tacos (Fruitvale's better but it's hard w/ sm. feral kids in the car out of their 'hood); Gregoire's for sandwiches (burgers and the lamb, always the lamb); Gioa's pies (mushroom and the ham/roasted onion), and a few others... Ba Le on San Pablo is great too, but what should I order besides the bbq pork? Indus Village, but I feel I don't have a real handle on what to order. What do they do awesomely there with lamb? Rick and Ann's you need to be cutthroat early w/ a paper for the breakfast wait. Sans kids waiting time can pass much more peacefully. Hmmm, clearly none of the above are dives. Parenthood has turned me into yuppie scum. I miss dives, and great ethnic food, that's one of the things the Bay Area, and specifically Berkeley/Oakland is great for. and spicy too. So, what's worth putting on old jeans and a Violent Femmes teeshirt for?