Dinner at Chick-O-Pea's

We haven't been to Berkeley newest (I think) vegetarian restaurant yet. Chick-O-Pea's doesn't have the best seating arrangement for big groups, so we'll probably be at several tables, but the food is delicious. Dinner is a bit earlier this week: The sun sets at 8:10, and they have outdoor seating that may be enjoyable as the sun goes down.
You can see their menu here. From the East Bay Express review (as posted on Chick-O-Pea's website):
Falafel are ostensibly street food, but you wouldn’t want to wolf a Chick-O-Pea's falafel while striding down the street, because you owe it more than that, because each bite bursts juicy-chewy-crunchy-hot, then yields a sneaky slow sophisticated spice charge on the double-take. Packed into a thick soft house-baked pouch, it’s not really street food but the sort of hybrid that could be conceived only in Berkeley: sit-down street food. Worth the trip to this 100-percent vegetarian aerie is Chick-O-Pea’s falafel/salad bar, where nine or more exotic, house-made Lebanese-style toppings can be ladled or pincered into falafels, into falafel burgers, and atop organic baby greens. Shoestring fries come in five flavors, but the “pita fries” — fried strips of leftover bread — are a guilty pleasure that goes well with a serving of cacik, hummus, or baba ghanoush. Organic ingredients are used whenever possible, which is often. Reminder: The $2 covers the cost of running this Meetup group, and does not cover dinner :-)

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  • Peter

    I arrived 30 minutes late because I misremembered the time of the meeting. Not much space, and not intended for sitting back and being comfortable, but we all fit in. This is a good place to get fast vegan food. Some nice new people showed up.

    June 12, 2010

  • Michael G.

    Nice place, excellent "gourmet salad bar" was very fine condiment buffet, available as part of some dishes, very small amount extra for others. Not large attendance but great for conversation. We sat at two adjacent bar tables and pulled up extra stools. Nice to meet like minded (vegan) people. Thanks to Lee for putting out the effort to organize this and similar events.

    May 14, 2010

  • Lee T.

    A smaller space than I realized, but we managed to pull two tables together. Food was great.

    May 14, 2010

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