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    You know what I miss? The $1 Chinese place on Shattuck, half a block down from McDonald's.

    It was taken over by Phil's Sliders, which recently closed, and which will soon become part of Comal's.

    I miss $1 Chinese places in general. No, of course restaurants don't really offer $1 food anymore (inflation!). But it seems that mom-and-pop Chinese restaurants where you order food that's already prepared and behind a glass are slowly disappearing.

    I remember there was one across from Unit 3 near Haste-Channing/Beverly Cleary dorm.

    There also was one in Temescal. It was around for years. Then the space got taken over by a "gentrified" Chinese place.

    Quote Originally Posted by BearClause View Post
    I grew up nearby so I was already familiar with the choices before I went to Cal.

    I guess Fat Slice was my standby starting from the 80s. Back then I think a cheese slice was maybe $1. Might have even been 75 cents. The other odd thing was that I saw an expensive car (Mercedes 560SL) tooling around Arlington Ave with the license plate "FT SLICE".

    I certainly had variety, including Kip's, Blondie's, Zona Rosa, Yogurt Park, Top Dog (both campus locations at the time), Bongo Burger, LaVals, etc. As an engineering major I spent a lot of time on the north side. I remember when there were a series of pizza places with the LaVals name. I don't know how related they were - if maybe they were franchised. There was one in El Cerrito and another at Gilman near REI.

    Right now I like Taco Bell Cantina. It's actually more expensive than most Taco Bells, but it's the only chain fast food that close to campus. It's a little bit more, but can be filling for less than other places around campus. Maybe the McDonald's on University and Shattuck, but that's always been kind of depressing with all the homeless hanging out there.

    Another Cal student hangout for people with cars seems to be the El Cerrito Nations. I've found myself there late at night and quite a few Cal students seem to be studying late night there. I know there's a closer Nations, but this one seems to have more space.
    Because of the late 90s housing crisis, I ended up living a few blocks from the El Cerrito Nation's during my latter Cal years. I would frequent there at 3 am. Geez, I dropped a lot of money there.

    Is McDonald's on Shattuck still depressing after the remodel?

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    Anybody happen to know for sure the year Blondies first opened? I wanna say 1979 or 1980, because I used to go to Carolina's Pizza for a slice in 78-79, but I probably would've gone to Blondies instead, had it been there (or had I known about it).

    I don't know WTF happened to Blondies about 5-10 yrs ago, but they had really lost their previous appeal, which was... Always a line, but a FAST-MOVING one, where you could get a giant slice of cheese pizza that didn't suck and would fill you up, plus a Coke, for an amazingly cheap price.

    Though not a big cheeseburger fan usually, I used to LOVE the one's at Kip's, with the mound of grated cheddar melted on top and the Worcestershire (sp?) sauce from the condiments bar (which I never would've thought of trying, until I saw somebody do it and then got hooked). We went through quite a number of pitchers at Kips in the early 80s. And it wasn't uncommon to have a waitress there that was fairly attractive, in a Berkeley sort of way... Speaking of raunchiest bathrooms (different post), Kip's (upstairs) definitely made the list, what with the big trough and usually some sort of plumbing problem.

    I miss the troughs, though, for efficiency's sake. Why can't they have a trough anymore? Okay, so the old CMS didn't have enough bathrooms, but at least the ones they did processed through a maximum number of people. All the bathrooms at the new Stanfurd Stadium, but the one I went into a year and a half ago only had four urinals, spaced a good three feet from each other. In that same space, a trough would accommodate ten pissers! LOL, so I'm waiting in line to use one of the four "privacy urinals" -- missing the game -- and I yell how the stadium effing sucks. Two people at the urinal then finish and turn around and darned if it isn't my next-door-neighbor, which would've been fine, except for he had his 10 yr old son with him.
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    Besides the traditional stuff that will be posted in this thread, I remember this Musashi cart that was at Bancroft and Telegraph at the entrance to the campus. I used to get a $3 chicken donburi for lunch like every other day. Anyone remember that one?
    Late to this thread, but I remember that cart well. With the exception of Top Dog, I went there more often than any other place due to my limited student budget (even with working 20 hours/week and a full class load). I also remember going to Bongo Burger once monthly (payday) when I had money to "splurge."

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    Blondie's was started by the guy who owned Rasputin Records. I think the space had been Odyssey Records - where they sold classics. The first few weeks of Blondie's were an exploration. The sizes, recipes and prices varied nearly every day. I would chat with the main person making the pizzas and, at first, he felt like he had freedom to craft the pizzas, but that freedom gradually disappeared. I think Blondie's did start in 1979.

    My primary go to places in late 70s - Hunger Pang, Manuel's (which also changed sizes,recipes and prices frequently) - Top Dog (still there). There was a pizza place in Durant Plaza - I don't recall the name. My late night go to was Kip's unless it was real late, and then it was Giant Hamburger. (I spent way too much time on Durant). Sandwiches A Go Go - I thnk was two sandwiches for under a dollar? (Turkey&Avocado and a Chicken Salad were my usual orders). For extravagance, it was sandwiches at Cheese & Stuff, and then Togo's. Bertolo's for cheap everything - including alcohol (with posted prices for singles, doubles and triples). Pirro's was a reliable spot on Shattuck with, at the time, to me was pretty good minestrone soup. And when I walked up Durant towards KALX at Lawrence Hall of Science early in the morning (for my 6-10 AM shift), I would get some fresh donuts at Kingpin - sometime around 5 a.m.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncbears View Post
    Blondie's was started by the guy who owned Rasputin Records. I think the space had been Odyssey Records - where they sold classics. The first few weeks of Blondie's were an exploration. The sizes, recipes and prices varied nearly every day. I would chat with the main person making the pizzas and, at first, he felt like he had freedom to craft the pizzas, but that freedom gradually disappeared. I think Blondie's did start in 1979.

    My primary go to places in late 70s - Hunger Pang, Manuel's (which also changed sizes,recipes and prices frequently) - Top Dog (still there). There was a pizza place in Durant Plaza - I don't recall the name. My late night go to was Kip's unless it was real late, and then it was Giant Hamburger. (I spent way too much time on Durant). Sandwiches A Go Go - I thnk was two sandwiches for under a dollar? (Turkey&Avocado and a Chicken Salad were my usual orders). For extravagance, it was sandwiches at Cheese & Stuff, and then Togo's. Bertolo's for cheap everything - including alcohol (with posted prices for singles, doubles and triples). Pirro's was a reliable spot on Shattuck with, at the time, to me was pretty good minestrone soup. And when I walked up Durant towards KALX at Lawrence Hall of Science early in the morning (for my 6-10 AM shift), I would get some fresh donuts at Kingpin - sometime around 5 a.m.
    You walked up Durant to the Lawrence Hall of Science for a 6 a.m. shift??? Was LHS in the same place it is today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarylandBear View Post
    Late to this thread, but I remember that cart well. With the exception of Top Dog, I went there more often than any other place due to my limited student budget (even with working 20 hours/week and a full class load). I also remember going to Bongo Burger once monthly (payday) when I had money to "splurge."
    LOL I can relate to this. Food was a function of a very limited budget.

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    Speaking of troughs the ones I truly miss were in the old Men's bathroom up top on the West side of Memorial. Remember those as a kid in the 60's, as a student in the late 70's and as a Young Alum until they were taken out I believe during the Gilbey debacle when Witter Fileld was redone. A million times better than the Porta-potties that replaced them. Those were particularly noxious on a hot fall day.

    Greatest Cal troughs in memory!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by panoramicknob View Post
    You walked up Durant to the Lawrence Hall of Science for a 6 a.m. shift??? Was LHS in the same place it is today?
    Yes. I actually did. And LHS was at the top of the hill looking as good as it did in Forbin: The Colossus Project.
    I actually started at Durant and Milvia. A bag of record albums under my arm. I'd leave before 5 a.m. Stop for donuts, hike halfway up the hill. There was bench there where I would sit for a few minutes to rest - eat a donut - and then struggle back up. I'd take the shuttle bus back down. I was younger in those days.....

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    The facilities in the basement of old Wheeler Hall were rather nice. A room with the exterior bay window wall and two walls lined with sarcophagi.

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    Do any of the old timers remember a bar called Oleg's off University Avenue where you sat on couches and the like or BELLINI'S RESTAURANT & BEPPO'S COCKTAIL LOUNGE OAKLAND CALIF. on Telegraph. An old mom and pop owned a bar down by the Smokehouse called The Fern and it had shuffle board. I think mom and pop drank a bit because you would slide them a $5 bill for a beer and they would give you change for a $20. I always brought that error to their attention.

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    All there was on top of the WEST SIDE of CMS was the press box, there were trough urinals along the road way under the stands and better bathrooms in the press box. Now East is east and West is West, but are you sure you weren't remembering the East Side of CMS? Built on dirt/ground like the Greek? so the bathrooms were up top by Rimway?

    Quote Originally Posted by NVBear78 View Post
    Speaking of troughs the ones I truly miss were in the old Men's bathroom up top on the West side of Memorial. Remember those as a kid in the 60's, as a student in the late 70's and as a Young Alum until they were taken out I believe during the Gilbey debacle when Witter Fileld was redone. A million times better than the Porta-potties that replaced them. Those were particularly noxious on a hot fall day.

    Greatest Cal troughs in memory!!

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    Yeah - I need to revisit LaVal's. I enjoyed it on Southside. Watched Cal beat Duke there and was interviewed albeit briefly at half-time on KTVU. Never saw the clip but my friends gave me a heads up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big C_Cal View Post
    ...I miss the troughs, though, for efficiency's sake. Why can't they have a trough anymore?....
    A little over 20 years ago I went to a jazz festival at the Concord Pavilion to see Tony Bennett. We were a little late and both my wife and I had to go to the bathroom. I went into the men's room and was the only one in there. The first thing I see is a trough running the length of the wall, just like the old troughs at Memorial. I do my bidness, looked around to wash my hands, couldn't find a sink so I gave up and walked out. Some guy who had been in the restroom down a wing I never saw came out and put his arm around my shoulder. He said "I got some bad news for you. You just took a p#ss in the sink." I guess I was preoccupied thinking about work and just saw a Memorial-like trough and didn't see any hand washing nozzles on top and muscle memory kicked in. I had never seen a hand washing trough before. I went back into the bathroom and saw that at a hard right angle from the entrance were conventional urinals, which I never saw. The sad part was I wasn't drunk or stoned. The only thing that made me feel better was that when I told my wife she said she thought she was in the Men's Room when she first walked into the Women's Room because she had never seen a hand washing trough before either. I'm just glad one of my clients wasn't in there seeing me pee in the sink. Tony Bennett was great.

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    I remembered them from the plants where my father worked. The Navy had them in their industrial shops and the Marine Corps even had them in their BOQ where they had one shared bathroom for the wing. Even after seeing them for 30 years, they still looked more like a urinal than a community wash basin (Correction, Commercial wash fountain). Did appreciate the metal step to start the water flowing when your hands were occupied...

    Quote Originally Posted by bearister View Post
    A little over 20 years ago I went to a jazz festival at the Concord Pavilion to see Tony Bennett. We were a little late and both my wife and I had to go to the bathroom. I went into the men's room and was the only one in there. The first thing I see is a trough running the length of the wall, just like the old troughs at Memorial. I do my bidness, looked around to wash my hands, couldn't find a sink so I gave up and walked out. Some guy who had been in the restroom down a wing I never saw came out and put his arm around my shoulder. He said "I got some bad news for you. You just took a p#ss in the sink." I guess I was preoccupied thinking about work and just saw a Memorial-like trough and didn't see any hand washing nozzles on top and muscle memory kicked in. I had never seen a hand washing trough before. I went back into the bathroom and saw that at a hard right angle from the entrance were conventional urinals, which I never saw. The sad part was I wasn't drunk or stoned. The only thing that made me feel better was that when I told my wife she said she thought she was in the Men's Room when she first walked into the Women's Room because she had never seen a hand washing trough before either. I'm just glad one of my clients wasn't in there seeing me pee in the sink. Tony Bennett was great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cal Junkie View Post
    Yeah - I need to revisit LaVal's. I enjoyed it on Southside. Watched Cal beat Duke there and was interviewed albeit briefly at half-time on KTVU. Never saw the clip but my friends gave me a heads up.
    The one on Northside has always been pretty decent.



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