One of the best ways to spend a summer Sunday morning is reclining on the lawn outside the tool-lending library, eating delicious thai food and absorbing the company of friends. This is the hallowed Berkeley institution of Thai Brunch, sponsored by Wat Mongkolratanaram as a merit-making activity. Whether you ascribe to the karmic view of the life or not, it's an activity that shouldn't be missed.
It's as much a cultural experience as it is a culinary one. The place is bustling, and if you manage to find a seat you'll hear a babble of Thai, English, and other languages from the uniquely Berkeley cross-section that sits around you. If you can't find a seat, no worries — a picnic on the lawn beckons. However, do be conscientious — the neighbors aren't always happy with the event. The temple and its brunch has its defenders, tho, and appears to be safe for now.
Web Site: http://www.yelp.com/biz/wat-mongkolratanaram-berkeley
When: Every Sunday morning
Where: Wat Mongkolratanaram, between MLK Jr Way & Otis St, Berkeley
How Much: $6 for a plate of three items, sides $1 to $3