Do you enjoy reading books from the library? The exact same quality of books from the library can be found at Gray Wolf Books. The place is huge with easily holding millions upon millions of books. Yes, the place does kind of stink, but that's because of the massive amount of books. It has the reek of old books. Not the smell of Barnes and Nobles or Borders. You will not find a Starbucks or coffee place attached to the bookstore either. However, cookies and coffee are provided for free - if you dare try them.
They have a nice section for any genre you can think of. Kid books-they have it. Law school books- they have it. Algebra books-they have it. Almost anything, they have it.
Sometimes they try to cheat you on price though. Go in there knowing how to negociate, otherwise you'll be paying for books as if you were buying them new at Borders or Barnes and Noble, but the books are used at it is generally very obvious.
PROS: Large selection and usually cheap books
CONS: Sometimes cheat you by overpricing well-known/often sold books.
AMF Mowry Lanes is the typical bowling alley. It is kept clean, but nobody is constantly cleaning. It is a fun place to go on prom night or for a date, but not somewhere to take your hopeful spouse after proposing.
It provides a bowling atmosphere, with good lighting and it is genrally quiet. If you want to bowl, request a far out lane, but sometimes it is nice to hear others bowling and see them get strikes, so you may want to just take the lane you get.
When you pay top dollar you expect top quality. Cloverleaf Family Bowl makes you pay top dollar to go bowling and should therefore have the highest quality in bowling lanes all around. It does.
The lanes are kept very clean and the place is very much a traditional family bowl. It has a game center in the back where little kids tired of bowling can go play the arcade.
If you want to play at Cloverleaf, I suggest waking up early on Sundays. They have 1 dollars and fifty cent games on Sunday mornings. You do not need a bowling ball, but you should buy your own shoes (they are costly to rent from Cloverleaf).
Baldies Cafe is the typical cafe. It's a hangout for smokers and bikers, but has homely foods such as spagetti and meatballs. In the mornings you can get bacon and eggs. The servers call you 'son', 'brother', or 'boss.' The owner works along side them.
It's really up to you whether this enviorment sounds enjoyable or not. The food is somewhat good, somewhat not good and the price is to be expected - low, but not dirt cheap.
If you cook indian food, you need authenic indian ingredients. That's what Dulhan Fashion House is all about. The staff is very friendly and you're going to get exactly what you want at Dulhan. It's a very good place for indian food.
If you're looking for any other type of food though, it's not going to be at Dulhan. Look to an Albertsons or Safeway. However, just like in India, Dulhan will have the glass bottles for Coca-Cola, which you never see anymore at the big retail grocery sellers.
We all remember sitting at home with the family for hot pot and cooking out own food. Very homely. That's not what Hot Pot City is like at all. Hot Pot City is very costly, the staff is not very friendly, and the food is so-so. However, if you really really just love hot pot, Hot Pot City will statisfy your desire.
Be warned though that your clothes will smell like BBQ for the next week.
If you're looking for good pizza, Blondie's Pizza is the place to go. However, it's generally very crowded, not much of an enviorment to eat, and it costs a lot of money. Get over those hurdles and you will love Blondies Pizza because of the super fast and efficient service.
The slices of pizza are large and very tasty.
Mediocre indian food is everywhere, but at Raja Sweets and Indian Cuisine. Almost every dish you can order from this restraunt is intricatly prepared and very tastful. It's terrific and low priced food. If you are hungry and want some food Raja Sweets and Indian Cuisine is the place to go.
The Samoas I specifically recommend.
You wonder how they put so much stuff into such a small space. Games of Berkeley in downtown Berkeley has basically every game anyone could ever think of. It's hard to find what you want, but the staff is friendly enough although sometimes busy with other customers. Just walk around and find something you enjoy and like. However, unless you come with a stuffed wallet you're not going to be buying much. Games of Berkeley prices their stuff very high.
Ned's Bookstore claims that they are the cheapiest. That is sometimes false, I've found books at Ned's Bookstore that were exactly equal to the cost at the University bookstore, and even when it is true, it usually is only by one or two dollars. What's the point of saving one or two dollars when buying all of your college books is going to cost two hundred to five hundred dollars? Ned's Bookstore's staff is unfriendly and have some very weird people working there.
The clothing they sell at a much lower price compared to the University store is all from Hanes - you might as well go onto some online store and buy your own clothing and put the words 'Cal' on it.