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Best New Fast Food Place 


Businesses on Shattuck have been opening and closing their doors quite quickly in recent years, but hopefully this new veggie-friendly fast-food joint is here to stay. Open only since last summer, Amanda's typically attracts a good-sized, steady crowd throughout the day with a menu of indulgent yet not-horrible-for-you versions of fast-food treats: naturally raised beef and chicken burgers, homemade vegetable patties, and baked sweet-potato fries. As part of Eat Well, a program of the Berkeley Health and Human Services Department, Amanda's avoids using artificial ingredients, trans fat, and corn syrup, and flavors their house-made sodas and chocolate milks with agave and stevia. Besides being nutritious, the food is palatable (and not just by health-food standards) and completely reasonable for those on a college student budget: $3.75 gets you a juicy, grass-fed beef or homemade veggie burger. Not quite the McDonald's dollar menu, but Amanda's makes good fresh fast food available to people who can't stomach yuppified prices.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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