Street signs that usually say things such as “road closure” are reprogrammed to say “Go Bears.” Traffic along Piedmont Avenue becomes similar to that of LA’s 405 freeway. Bright-yellow and navy-blue rugby shirts are seen in packs running through the streets of Berkeley. Street vendors begin occupying every corner of Berkeley with delicious-smelling but somewhat questionable-looking bacon-wrapped hotdogs.
After careful assessment, you realize that these recent Berkeley occurrences could only mean one thing — it’s GAAAMEDAAAAY. Our wonderful Golden Bears have already doubled their number of wins from last season, and with good football comes the imperative necessity for good food. So we’ve compiled this list of some of our favorite things to eat. Trust us: it’ll come in handy the next time you’re blundering through the streets of Berkeley searching for cheap and delicious food before, during or after a home game.
If your gameday self requires Mexican food, Gordo’s is a close, cheap and authentic Mexican restaurant. Their burritos are all around $5 to $6, and the horchata is a delicious beverage to add on to your meal.
For a good, greasy and classic American burger, you can stop by one of Bongo Burger’s three Berkeley locations, the closest of which to the stadium is near the intersection of Dwight Way and Telegraph Avenue. You can also feast on more alternative spins on the burger thanks to Bongo Burger’s Middle Eastern menu options, including a falafel sandwich and a mediterranean plate.
If you have no money at all, a useful protip is that you can step into most fraternity houses and find a pledge grilling up burgers and hotdogs. Brave the wild, drunk gameday partygoers and you might get yourself some free barbecue.
A classic food option in life generally, Chipotle tastes even better on a gameday. There might be a huge line, but their delicious guacamole, freshly made chicken and corn salsa are worth the wait. And for those of you who don’t want to carry cash or credit cards around during gameday, the Chipotle on Telegraph Avenue takes Cal 1 Card debit!
Steve’s Korean BBQ
One of the more underrated stops in the Asian Ghetto, Steve’s Korean BBQ has delicious meats and generous portions. Though their kimchi might not be the highest quality, their prices are very reasonable. Plus, they have lunch specials every day — so if our games are during the day, it’s even cheaper!
The ultimate, all-time indisputable champion of gameday food is Top Dog. From their classic Top Dog to their slightly fancier chicken-apple, everything at Top Dog is delicious, though probably not the most nutritious. Toasty buns complement freshly cooked, juicy dogs that taste good always but taste even better with a side of football. The only struggle with Top Dog is that you’ve got to remember to bring cash!