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East Bay Magazine, May-June 2024: Chutneys, Pickles & Pastes: The Wholesale Business Behind Beloved Indian Street Food Purveyor Viks Chaat

NDTV, April 12, 2024: Stocking Up For Nostalgia At An Indian Grocery Store In America

Patch, March 27, 2024: 10 Michelin Guide Picks For Berkeley

San Francisco Chronicle, February 26, 2024: Top Berkeley Restaurants

Patch, November 28, 2023: 5 Best Indian Restaurants In The San Francisco Bay Area: Michelin

San Francisco Chronicle, September 19, 2023: Top Indian and South Asian Restaurants in the Bay Area

Eater San Francisco, August 8, 2023: 18 Destination-Worthy Restaurants in Berkeley

Eater San Francisco, May 24, 2023: 20 Excellent and Child-Friendly Restaurants in the East Bay

San Francisco Chronicle, May 16, 2023: Top Affordable Dining

San Francisco Chronicle, May 9, 2023: Top Berkeley Restaurants

TimeOut, January 13, 2023: The 20 best cheap eats in the United States

Oaklandside, December 26, 2022: The East Bay’s most reliable restaurants of 2022

San Francisco Chronicle, December 23, 2022: 15 restaurants Chronicle food writers kept going back to in 2022 — off the clock

Tasting Table, December 11, 2022: The Ultimate Guide to Pani Puri, India’s Beloved Chaat

Eater San Francisco, August 18, 2022: 18 Destination-Worthy Restaurants in Berkeley

KQED Forum, August 10, 2022: Cold Soup and Hot Tea: What We Eat When Summer Heats Up
Hosted by Alexis Madrigal
Guests: Luke Tsai, food editor, KQED; Nora Haron, executive chef and owner, SanDai Restaurant + Kopi Bar; Amod Chopra, second generation owner, Viks Chaat; Christian Reynoso, chef, recipe developer, cooking columnist, SF Chronicle; and Martin Bournhonesqu, farmer, local CSA, produce purveyor to restaurants

San Francisco Chronicle, July 28 2022: After 33 years, an Indian food icon in Berkeley is better than ever

7×7, May 31 2022: 23 Under-the-Radar, Authentically Delicious Asian Restaurants in the Bay Area

Mashed, January 27, 2022: The Absolute Best Indian Restaurants in the US

The Oaklandside, December 27, 2021: The East Bay’s most exciting dining districts in 2021

Michelin Guide, November 9, 2021: Best Indian Restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area

Eater San Francisco, October 28, 2021: 23 Excellent East Bay Brunch Spots

San Francisco Chronicle, August 4, 2021: Top South Asian Restaurants in the Bay Area

Eater San Francisco, January 4, 2021: 20 Destination-Worthy Restaurants in Berkeley

Visit Berkeley: Highlights, Sites & Bites: Foodie Trip: Viks Chaat

The Daily Californian, July 8, 2020: ‘Just not the same’: Viks Chaat and Market navigates COVID-19 pandemic

Food Gal Carolyn Jung, June 19, 2020: Where I’ve Been Getting Take-Out of Late, Part 2

The Daily Californian, April 17, 2020: Best of Berkeley Food 2020

East Bay Express, April 8, 2020: Heads Down, Mouths Shut, Hands Busy

NOSH | Berkeleyside, April 6, 2020: Longtime immigrant-run restaurants hang on for a precarious future

Edible East Bay, November 15, 2019: Finger Food in Four Cultures

Viks Chaat on the Michelin Guide 2019

Michelin Guide, June 28, 2019: The 7 Best Indian Restaurants in the Bay Area

San Francisco Chronicle: Great meals for under $20

San Francisco Chronicle, June 2019: Top 100 Restaurants 2019

Eater San Francisco, January 11, 2019: The 38 Essential East Bay Restaurants, Winter 2019

Thrillist, November 27, 2018: The 24 Best Indian Restaurants in the Country

San Francisco Chronicle, September 28, 2018: The best Bay Area restaurants for vegan and vegetarian dining

Thrillist, September 13, 2018: The Best Restaurants in Berkeley Right Now

The New York Times, July 27, 2018: Berkeley on a Budget

The Daily Californian, 2018: The Best of Berkeley

San Francisco Chronicle, April 2018: Top 100 Restaurants 2018

Thrillist, April 20, 2018: The 23 Best Indian Restaurants in the Country

Eater San Francisco, January 24, 2018: The 38 Essential East Bay Restaurants, Winter 2018

Celebrity rapper MC Sid (Siddharth Sood) makes a surprise visit to Viks Chaat and entertains the crowd with an impromptu rap!

Food Gal Carolyn Jung, Musings on Food, Wine, Laughter and Life, November 24, 2017: A Delicious Visit to Pioneering Vik’s Chaat

KQED Food, October 2017: Bay Area Bites Guide to 5 Sustainable Restaurants in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and Sausalito

7×7, July 2017: 50 Things to Do in Berkeley Before you Die

SF Gate, 2017: Top 100 Restaurants

American Express Essentials: Great Indian Dining Experiences Around the World

Nosh: Dishing on the East Bay, March 2017: Ethnic eats in Berkeley from A to Z: Part 3

Eater San Francisco, January 2017: The 38 Essential East Bay Restaurants

Forbes, December 2016: The Babu Ji Chef’s Favorite San Francisco Eateries

7×7, August 2016: The Best Spots for Unique, Authentic Indian Food in the Bay Area

Berkeleyside Nosh, August 2016: Nosh on the town: ‘A taste of West Berkeley’ tour

SF GateInside Scoop SF, April 2015: Where to eat Indian-Pakistani food in San Francisco and the East Bay

SF Gate, October 2014: For the Bay Area’s best brunches, think global

The Slow Food Guide to San Francisco And The Bay Area: Restaurants, Markets, Bars
By Sylvan Brackett, Wendy Downing, Sue Moore
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Afar, The Experiential Travel Guide: Vik’s Chaat Corner

SF Chronicle, October 2014: For the Bay Area’s best brunches, think global

Sunset Magazine, May 2014: Beyond Curry

The Daily Californian, March 2014: Vik’s Chaat Corner: a delicious combination of North and South Indian food

SF Chronicle’s “Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants
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India Currents, June 2010: Mmm Chaat!

Diablo Magazine, April 2010: Chaat means snack — and this Berkeley eatery serves them up cheap and delicious. . .

New York Times Style, March 2010: Pushcart Prize

San Francisco Chronicle, March 2010: Viks Chaat Corner Gets Bigger

India West, February 2010: Vik’s Chaat Moves to Larger Space

 NPR, Morning Edition, February 2010: An Indian Palate Meets a California Street Corner

KALW, Arts & Culture, February 2010: Indian Street Food hits the Bay Area fast lane

Berkeley Daily Planet, February 2010: Vik’s Chaat Corner Re-Opens in Revamped West Berkeley Factory

Gourmet Magazine, October 2009: Fanny Singer’s Bay Area Picks

San Francisco Magazine, September 2007

Berkeley Daily Planet, 2008: Vik’s Chaat Corner: On the Move

CBS Eye on the Bay video clip, November 6, 2006 : Viewer’s Choice Cheap Eats

San Francisco Chronicle, April 19, 2006: Master of Spices: How one man’s vision became the most celebrated little chaat house in the Bay Area

San Francisco Chronicle, March 2, 2006: Viks Chaat Corner, “There are only two ways to approach Viks Chaat Corner for a meal…”

KQED Check, Please! Bay Area, December 15, 2005: Restaurant review: “Why would I recommend a place like Vik’s?…”
Read more on the KQED Check, Please! blog

San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, April 3, 2005: Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants

East Bay Dine: Secret Chaat Room

San Francisco Chronicle, June 2008: Find Your Favorites

San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, October 19, 2004: Bargain Bites: Try Our Classics

Oakland Tribune, April 2003: Berkeley’s home to great ethnic cuisine

The New York Times, January 17, 2003:  Journeys; In Berkeley, Strollers Find Art in Curb Appeal

The Times July 12, 2002: TimeOut Dining: Small price to pay for tasty, authentic Indian cuisine

East Bay Express, May 8, 2002: Food & Drink: The New Snack

San Francisco Chronicle, December 12, 2001: The Features Page: Party On

San Francisco Business Times, April 8, 2001: Delectable Deliveries: From basmati rice to tandoori ovens, Berkeley family distributes taste of India

San Jose Mercury News, July 10, 2000: A Slice of India in the East Bay: Berkeley eatery becomes community’s choice spot to reconnect with home

San Francisco Magazine, October 1997: Restaurants: A Select Guide to Dining Around the Bay

UCSF Synapse, August 14, 1997: Let’s Chaat!

LA Times, 1996: Weekend Escape: Berkeley : Food Quest : A mini-mall crawl through some of the city’s best eateries

India West, September 18, 1995: Chez Panisse Parties Indian Style

East Bay Express, May 21, 1993: On Food: The Lost Kingdom of Chaat

Oakland Tribune, October 2, 1991: Junk Food Junkies