I'm starting my last year at Cal, which may very well mean I will find myself no longer living in Berkeley next year, sadly. With this in mind, I want to use this year to dine at some of Berkeley/Oakland/Albany's best--but stay reasonably within my college student budget (I use the term "reasonably" pretty loosely..I know good food comes at a price and I'm usually willing to pay, but wallet-friendly spots never hurt!)
I'm looking for good BBQ, authentic ethnic food (Mexican, Korean, Middle Eastern, anything, really), breakfast joints, bakeries/dessert, burgers/hot dogs, whatever. Places I've been to include some typical UC campus area/Rockridge/Gourmet Ghetto eats: Cheeseboard, Gregoire, Masse's Pastries, Top Dog, La Note, Bakesale Betty's (if you haven't been here yet, you need to go and get their fried chicken sandwich, basically heaven on an Acme torpedo roll!), Rockridge Cafe, Ici, Barney's, The Great China, O Chame, Bette's Oceanview Diner, Brazil Cafe, Sea Salt. I haven't really checked out the Solano area, but I hear there are some nice eateries there.
I know there's way more out there...please tell me what you know! The place doesn't have to be all-around amazing; if there's one good dish you think they've mastered, please share! Thanks!