Visit Vik’s Chaat Corner for some of the Best Indian and Vegetarian Food in the Bay Area
One of the best and most promising signs of the quality and authenticity of the food in an ethnic food restaurant is the number of diners of that particular ethnicity eating, smiling and reaching for another portion of something at the tables. If you’re looking for good Indian and vegetarian food in the Bay Area, a fine place to begin is Vik’s Chaat Corner at 2390 Fourth Street in Berkeley. In the Hindi language, the word “chaat” loosely means “street food” and literally means “to lick.” This is a very auspicious combination of meanings to those who love comfort food, no matter the origin and Vik’s has been pleasing hungry people for over twenty years.
Vik’s is a family run joint that has been reviewed by many local, state and national media outlets with well-deserved acclaim. It has been listed on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants list for several years running and the place is frequently packed soon after opening each day. More of a cafeteria than a full-service sit-down restaurant, customers line up at one end of the line and let their eyes and noses do the choosing for them, as many of the dishes are prepared right on the other side of the glass. If your Hindi’s a bit rusty, no worries! Vik’s also has picture menus above the chefs to make the ordering process easy, fun and fast.
At Vik’s, there are also a lot of questions like, “What’s that thing that that guy has on his plate there?” In most cases, they are asking about a large creampuff-looking dish that is bigger than a mashed football and dwarfs the plate it is served on. This dish is called bhatura cholle and is highly recommended. It’s a type of bread that is meant to be torn by hand and dipped into a mélange of chickpeas and spices, as well as sopping up whatever savory sauce that may be on your plate.
If you love Indian food or simply have an adventurous palate and find yourself on the east side of San Francisco Bay, you may wish to head to 2390 4th St., near the Berkeley Marina and Eastshore State Park. It is on the corner of 4th and Channing Way and is very close to the University Ave. exit from Interstate 80. The area is served by numerous BART routes and is easy to find. Vik’s is open from Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information, including the menu, complete with mouthwatering photographs, visit their site at http://www.vikschaatcorner.com/, then call NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936 and leave the driving to us!