2020 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA, 94704 (510) 926.6300
Sunday thru Thursday 5:30-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30-11pm
Front bar opens at 5pm nightly
Sunday thru Thursday 5:30-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30-11pm
Front bar opens at 5pm nightly

Comal featured in Berkeleyside piece about wine on tap

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Click here to read the article.

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Bumper Harvest! Tomatoes from the rooftop garden…

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


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¡El Grito!

Monday, September 16th, 2013

In 1808, Napolean invaded Spain and installed his brother José as king.   With this shift in power, Mexico’s “criollos” (locally born people of Spanish ancestry) saw an opportunity to seek independence.   In Spain’s stratified caste system, criollos were treated as second class citizens, which led to increasing discontent.

Two years later, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest spoke El Grito de la Independencia (the Cry of Independence) in the small town of Dolores, near Guanajuato on September 16, 1810, marking the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence.

It took over ten years for Mexico to actually gain its independence from Spain, but since October 1825, the anniversary of “El Grito” is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.  It is a festive, celebratory day in Mexico with colorful decorations and spirited gatherings.  The highlight is a huge gathering in Mexico City’s “Zocalo”, where the president delivers “El Grito” followed by fireworks and other revelry.

At Comal we will mark today’s holiday by serving our newest “plato fuerte”, roast turkey with three moles (negro, amarillo and coloradito).  Hope to see you tonight to mark this occasion!


Photo (below): statue of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in front of the church in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato

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Oaxacan Harvest Dinner with Copala Organics at Comal

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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Adam Sanders started Copala Organics in 2010 in Hollister, CA.   Its mission is to promote social justice by connecting fresh, high quality, mostly hand tended, family owned and worked, dry farm, organic produce from indigenous Oaxacan and other immigrant and first generation small farmers with markets and restaurants in the Bay Area through cooperative marketing and distribution.

Copala supplies Comal with a variety of hard to find, distinctly Oaxacan chiles, herbs and vegetables, many of which are grown by Francisco de Jesús López of Francisco’s Oaxacan Organic Farm.

On Tuesday, October 8th, Comal will welcome Adam and Francisco for a special dinner prepared by executive chef Matt Gandin showcasing some of these Oaxacan specialties: papalo, quintonil, costeño chiles, chilhuacle chiles, chiles de agua, verdolagas and Huicha squash.   Chef Gandin’s dishes will be paired with wines drawn from Comal’s list, selected by wine director Corin Weihemuller.

This is the latest in Comal’s ongoing series of special dinners (previous events include Mexican Passover and winemaker dinners with Wind Gap, Donkey & Goat, and Arnot-Roberts) held in Comal’s private dining room, Abajo.   All previous dinners have sold out in advance.


DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 PM

PRICE: Tickets are $90 inclusive of food, wine and gratuity

RESERVATIONS:  Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow this link: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/367891

ADDRESS:  Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley

WEBSITE & TELEPHONE:  www.comalberkeley.com – 510.926.6300

Dinner Menu:

Heirloom tomatoes pickled costeño chiles, requeson, verdolagas

2012 Rosé, Arnot-Roberts “Luchsinger Vineyard” Clear Lake

Local halibut crudo papalo, chile de agua salsa

2011 Napa Valley White, Matthiasson

White bean-quintonil soup

2011 Chardonnay, Le P’tit Paysan, “Jack’s Hill” Monterey County

Turkey and huicha squash tamal chilhuacle mole negro

2012 Cabernet Franc, Broc Cellars, Santa Barbara County

Oaxacan chocolate budin whipped crema

New Menu Item: Olive oil poached day boat albacore tuna with heirloom tomatoes, verdolagas and spiced capers - on the menu starting tonight (and in the coming weeks based on availability)

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

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