“A hidden back patio with a full bar and fire pit make this downtown Berkeley gem an ideal place to feast on guacamole, chips, and margaritas. Skillfully executed classics like tripe guisado, chicken tinga tacos, and chile colorado soup star on the menu, alongside large format dishes meant to share. And though the margaritas are excellent, look for more creative uses of mezcal and tequila on the cocktail menu.”
“With a compact menu of burritos, tacos and tortas, Comal Next Door is a more simplified and streamlined version of the flagship operation only feet away. At the new spot, instead of build-it-yourself burritos common to most taquerias, Comal Next Door’s menu has fully-formed options all priced around $9 to $12.”
We’re excited to announce the opening of Comal Next Door, immediately south of Comal at 2024 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. Comal Next Door is our take on the classic Mexican taqueria, featuring burritos, tortas and tacos. We’re also offering a delicious salad with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette, vanilla soft serve ice cream with a choice of several housemade toppings, our classic frozen margarita and two daily aguas frescas (the cantaloupe-mint is an early standout).
Burrito featuring housemade chorizo, egg and potato
Comal Next Door is currently open from 11:30am-9pm Sunday-Thursday and from 11:30am-10pm on Friday and Saturday. These hours may shift in the coming weeks, so be sure to check the website for our current operating schedule.
Comal Next Door salad w/cilantro-lime vinaigrette
Comal Next Door will continue to evolve in the coming weeks. Here’s what you have to look forward to: sidewalk seating along Shattuck Avenue, online ordering through our website (or through the CND app) that will allow you to place your order online (and specify when you’d like to pick it up) and delivery through Try Caviar. We are also planning to ramp up our catering operations for gatherings of all shapes and sizes – keep an eye out for a special group catering menu by this summer.
Buttermilk fried chicken torta with jalapeño slaw, jack cheese and chipotle aioli
We’re thrilled to be bringing a new offering to the East Bay and to be offering our food and drink during the day as well as the evening. Please come visit us soon at Comal or Comal Next Door!
Comal Next Door 2024 Shattuck Avenue (@University) 510-422-6625 / 510-42-COMAL
Gandin adapts Oaxacan recipes to use a combination of more readily available ingredients, which include mulatto, ancho and cascabel chiles, seeds, nuts, dried fruits, plantains, vegetables and spices that are individually fried or toasted before being blended and slowly simmered. “I like to think that if someone were transported from Oaxaca and dropped at the local farmer’s market, that they might take a similar approach at Comal,” he says.
On Monday February 12th and Tuesday February 13th, Comal will welcome back head brewer and co-owner Alex Tweet from Fieldwork Brewing Company to feature a selection of small batch beers paired with dishes by Comal’s executive chef Matt Gandin. A craft brewery founded in Berkeley, CA with a focus on exceptional, honest beer-making, Fieldwork was named in BeerAdvocate’s 2015 list of the “33 Best New Breweries in the United States.” Fieldwork’s brews are served in their Berkeley, Napa, San Mateo and Sacramento taprooms, as well as in craft beer-focused establishments throughout Northern California. Comal provides all the food for their taprooms in Berkeley and San Mateo.
Like previous dinners, the Fieldwork beer dinner will be held in Abajo, Comal’s private dining room. Dining with Alex, guests will have the opportunity to speak with the head brewer and hear the story behind each featured beer.
This is the latest installment of the Abajo Dinner Series at Comal, a series of producer dinners that are collaborations between Comal’s kitchen and the featured vintner, brewer or distiller. Previous dinners have showcased Arnot-Roberts Wines, Wind Gap Wines, Bedrock Wine Co., Mezcal Vago, HenHouse Brewing Company, Fort Point Beer Company, and many others.
DATE/TIME: Monday, February 12th and Tuesday February 13th at 6:30 PM
PRICE: Tickets are $75 inclusive of food, beer and service charge
RESERVATIONS: Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow these links: Feb 12th: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1627132 Feb 13th: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1627134
ADDRESS: Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley
Fieldwork Dinner Menu
Hamachi ceviche serrano chile, red onion, cucumber and fried plantain chips
Savoy spinach mango, toasted almonds, blood orange vinaigrette, cotija cheese
Hazy Glue IPA
Berkshire pork al pastor taco pineapple-morita chile salsa
Coffee-rubbed pork and grilled treviso enchilada mole negro
Eliza Imperial Chocolate Stout with chicory
Arroz con leche dried papaya, candied pineapple, toasted pistachios
Casa de Citra and Party Cove tropical sour