Comal Owners Launch a Taqueria

Comal Next Door is ... well, next door to the popular Berkeley spot.


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Image courtesy of Comal Next Door

A casual taqueria named Comal Next Door opened alongside Comal in downtown Berkeley last Friday, April 13.

Comal's executive chef Matt Gandin and co-owners Andrew Hoffman and John Paluska creeated this fast-casual extension of their Oaxacan-inspired restaurant.

Designed — as was the original Comal — by architects Keith Morris and Marites Abueg of Studio KDA, and outfitted with Libra sound-absorbing wall panels from Meyer Sound, the new spot serves burritos, bowls, tacos, and tortas, ordered counterside to be enjoyed in the restaurant or to go.

Fillings and toppings include housemade chorizo, potato and egg; achiote-grilled chicken; Berkshire pork carnitas; Berkshire pork al pastor; corn, zucchini, and poblano chile, and more. 

Two daily rotating aguas frescas are on hand, as well as beer and frozen margaritas, with vanilla soft-serve ice cream offered for dessert. 

Over the next few months, Comal Next Door will also launch a catering operation. 

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